Another week, another protein bite recipe! I was craving something chocolatey this week and decided to make brownie protein bites. Who knew simply mixing dates and raw cacao powder together made guilt-free fudge! I know some people are skeptical about using dates for a sweetener (I was too at first), but you really can't find a better alternative to sugar in my opinion. You get the natural sweetness and tons of fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Not many other sugar alternatives can offer vitamins, minerals, and fiber in addition to a mild flavor. I could go on and on about why I love dates, but the best part about dates in this specific recipe is that they are the key to the fudge-like brownie texture. These brownie bites are soft, chewy, and each one is bursting with rich dark chocolate!
Prep Time: 1 hour 5 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes | Yields: 16- 18 protein bites
- 20 pitted dates
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder, divided
- 1 cup raw unsalted walnuts
- 1/3 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Soak the dates in 1/2 cup non dairy milk for an hour before blending everything together.
- After the dates have soaked, place the dates and milk in a blender with vanilla extract and 1/4 cup cacao powder. Blend until it resembles a sticky crumble (about 30 seconds).
- Add the walnuts, protein powder, and salt to the date-chocolate mixture and blend again until the batter is tough and sticky (about 30 seconds). Add the chocolate chips and mix into the batter until evenly distributed.
- Pour 1/4 cup cacao powder onto a plate or cutting board for dusting. Scoop out one spoonful of batter and roll into a ball in the cacao powder. Place the ball in tupperware once the ball is no longer sticky and is evenly coated in cacao powder. Repeat this step until you run out of batter- should yield 16-18 balls.
- Store in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.