Angela: Oh She Glows

May 28, 2009

Hi everyone! My name is Angela from Oh She Glows and Glo Bakery. Today I am sharing with you the recipe for my latest healthy bakery creation: “Raw Vegan Coconut Brownie Bites“.

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As summer quickly approaches, temperatures are on the rise and I find myself looking for ways to ‘bake’ without the use of the oven. This week, I was on a quest for healthy and all natural brownies that I didn’t have to bake and could just pop into the fridge or freezer. These brownies are flourless, eggless, and 100% guilt free. They would be great for a sweet treat over the Memorial Day long weekend!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup carob powder
  • 2/3 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 3 Tbsp Agave Nectar

This recipe can be easily adapted if you do not have the above ingredients on hand.

  • You may substitute sweetened coconut for unsweetened
  • You may substitute cocoa powder for carob powder
  • You may substitute honey for Agave nectar
  • You can also try using different nut combinations
  • You can substitute the coconut for 1/2 cup dried fruit

Directions: Take a small 8″ (or preferably smaller) square pan or a loaf pan and line with parchment or wax paper. In a food processor or blender, process the almonds and walnuts until chopped into tiny bits. It is ok if a couple large pieces remain. I actually prefer to have larger chunks of nuts in mine! Remove the nuts and set aside in a medium sized bowl. Next, place the dates into the food processor and process until well blended. Remove date mixture and place in a small bowl. Now take the agave (or honey) and the carob powder (or cocoa powder) and mix together in another small bowl. Add in the coconut and stir well. Take the processed dates and the coconut + carob + agave mixture and place it on top of the nuts in the medium sized bowl. This is where it gets messy and you mix it all together. You will probably start off like I did, with a spatula, and after about 15 seconds you will toss the spatula into the sink and dive right in with your hands. I find the easiest way to mix the brownies is by hand. You may be tempted to throw all the ingredients into the food processor at once, but be warned; when I tried this my food processor got stuck! This is why I have divided it up into 3 parts. Finish mixing well with hands. Now take the mixture and scoop onto the prepared pan. Add powdered sugar for garnish if desired. Place into fridge until ready to eat. Do not leave at room temperature or the brownies will become too soft.

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Makes 12 bite-sized brownies.

As I mentioned, these brownies are guilt free! Check it out!!

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At 120 calories a pop, you can have your brownie and eat it too.

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You can also create brownie bites. These are my favourite! I rolled the mixture into balls and then rolled them in coconut.

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Watch out- these Raw vegan coconut brownie bites won’t last long!

You may also want to check out more of my healthy recipes for raw chocolate chip cookie dough cookies, homemade banana larabars, and raw granola bars!

Thank you to Kath for this fun guest posting opportunity!

Angela

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1 Robin May 28, 2009 at 7:14 am

These look so good, I can’t wait to make them.

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2 Stacey May 28, 2009 at 7:22 am

All I can say is YUMMO! Holy moly, these things look tasty!

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3 Heather May 28, 2009 at 7:26 am

These look amazing Angela! So healthy, yet so good! Thanks for sharing the long-awaited recipe! ;)

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4 Oh She Glows May 28, 2009 at 7:30 am

hey everyone, sorry for the repeated directions there…not sure what happened…LOL.

Enjoy!

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5 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 28, 2009 at 7:35 am

Oh yumm…those look really delicious. Especially the balls rolled in coconut.

Thanks for sharing! :D

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6 tina May 28, 2009 at 7:50 am

Oh my gosh, Angela! Delicious!!!

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7 Oh She Glows May 28, 2009 at 7:52 am

PS- Eric brought these to work and they were a HUGE hit!!!

He told a couple of his male coworkers they were ‘raw vegan brownie bites’ and they literally took their hand away and said ‘no thanks…’

But Eric insisted they try one and after they did they were hooked!

That just shows you that people can be scared of the words raw and vegan I guess. Maybe I shouldn’t call them that, lol.

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8 spicygranola May 28, 2009 at 8:02 am

Those look so good! I am always apprehensive about raw desserts because they often rely heavily on dried fruit (I’m not a huge fan…to heavy and sweet) but I think I can handle some dates. Yum.

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9 brandi May 28, 2009 at 8:07 am

these look delicious!

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10 Sarah May 28, 2009 at 8:28 am

these look awesome- I’m going to have to try!

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11 Emily May 28, 2009 at 8:52 am

Those look so amazing! I think I’ll have to make them soon.

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12 MaryBe May 28, 2009 at 8:59 am

Everything you make looks sooo good! (except for the green monsters – but I am coming around!)
Great guest post!

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13 Lauren May 28, 2009 at 9:06 am

You are AMAZING Angela!! Everything you make looks/sounds soooo delicious!

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14 Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 28, 2009 at 9:11 am

Thanks Angela!! Seriously, you rock :)

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15 Leah A. May 28, 2009 at 9:39 am

These look delicious and I plan to make them this weekend!! I might try adding some chocolate whey to them to add a little more protein and even a little less guilt!

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16 Lady May 28, 2009 at 10:24 am

Guilt free? Ok, maybe slightly calorie-wise (even so I wouldn’t want to waste 2 bites on this when I could have something more), but 10 grams of fat?
They look great, but, yikes. Yikes yikes yikes.

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17 Caroline May 28, 2009 at 10:36 am

OMG!! Finally, guilt free brownies!! I can’t wait to try these!!! Kids will love them too!!!!!!!

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18 Oh She Glows May 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

Lady- The fat is healthy fats from the nuts!! Our bodies need healthy fats to function properly. :)

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19 SarahP May 28, 2009 at 10:41 am

These look great, but I’ll admit you lost me at “carob.”

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20 Jenn )) j3nn.net (( May 28, 2009 at 10:45 am

Wow, those look awesome. I like the ball shape rolled in coconut. Thanks for sharing!

Jenn

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21 Kiersten May 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

You sold me. I am making these ASAP!

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22 Anne K. May 28, 2009 at 11:12 am

Those look awesome! Thanks for the recipe :D

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23 shannon May 28, 2009 at 11:29 am

YUM

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24 leatitia May 28, 2009 at 11:51 am

Hey Angela! Those look so good! Will def try them out, thank you!

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25 Amanda4Sensei May 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm

These look so delicious. On my list of things to make for sure! Thanks!

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26 Emmy May 28, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Yum yum yum! I must try these. I haven’t ever used dates in a recipe before, but I LOVE larabars, so I know these will be fantastic.

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27 capedaisy May 28, 2009 at 6:49 pm

droolworthy. you’ve outdone yourself

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28 Carolyn May 28, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Angela these look so awesome! As someone that has to eat gluten-free this looks like a great treat that I could have around other people and not have them veiw it as “special food.”

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29 Ashley May 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Mmm these sound awesome!

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30 anne May 24, 2010 at 10:42 am

I saw that you used a microwave with a banana and chocolate. I thought microwaves altered molecules in food and wondered if there was a different way of heating things in a better way?

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