No Bake Brownie Balls

No Bake Brownie Balls made with all natural ingredients including almonds, dates, honey, and cocoa powder for a healthy sweet snack.

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Nothing better than a gooey brownie, right? How could there be? Brownies are laden with butter, sugar, eggs, chocolate—all the good stuff. Unfortunately, that means that a typical brownie is packed with calories and fat and should definitely be indulged in only on a very occasional basis.

But what if I told you that you could whip up something that satisfied your brownie craving but had only a fraction of the calories, and used better-for-you ingredients? Total game changer. Using dates and almonds to replace the butter, eggs, and sugar, I have created the perfect brownie replacement—No Bake Brownie Balls!

As a bonus, these delicious brownie bites can be thrown together quickly, no need to even turn on the oven. Actually, these are simple enough that even my kids can make them.

There is a lot of freedom with this recipe, so feel free to use your imagination and adapt the recipe to your family’s taste preferences. I used almonds, but you could substitute in any type of nuts that you like. I do recommend using roasted nuts since it usually gives the brownies a nice flavor boost.

These Brownie Balls are gluten-free as well, so they make for a perfect treat to serve if you have kids with wheat allergies. You can also use maple syrup or agave to make them vegan.

I hope you and your family will enjoy these Brownie Balls as much as we do! I love keeping these delicious, healthy treats stocked in my fridge for when the afternoon munchies strike. They are perfect for helping me get through a long afternoon without overindulging.

Looking for another delicious way to enjoy brownies? Try these chocolate brownie cookies that are fudgy and delicious.

No bake chocolate energy bites dusted with cocoa powder in a wooden bowl.

Tips for Making No Bake Brownie Bites

  • Get creative when making these and think about fun toppings! Consider rolling the finished brownie bites in shredded coconuts, crushed peanuts, chopped pistachios, hemp seeds, extra cocoa powder, or any other toppings you can think of. You can also dip them in melted chocolate for some extra chocolate flavor.
  • While I used almonds for this recipe, you can substitute any nut you like. Even sunflower seeds will work for a nut-free, school-friendly option. For the best flavor, use a roasted nut or roast your nuts or seeds before using them for the recipe.
  • If you want to make vegan brownie bites, just substitute maple syrup for the honey. 
  • You can use any type of dates you like for the brownie bites, just make sure to always remove the pit first. Date paste would as well.
  • For even more chocolate flavor, fold in some chocolate chips. You can also fold in dried fruit or nuts for some crunch.
  • Some people like to add a touch of vanilla extract to these bites as well. It gives it more of a classic brownie flavor since you would normally find vanilla in most brownie recipes.
  • For a smoother brownie ball, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil or nut butter. Any nut butter will work and tahini also adds great flavor.

How long do date brownie bites last in the fridge?

These will keep in the fridge for up to a week. Make sure to store them in an airtight container or ziploc bag. These can also be frozen and then defrosted in the fridge overnight. 

What makes these no bake brownie bites healthy?

  • Dates are a great natural sweetener. They are packed with potassium, magnesium, fiber, iron and many other essential vitamins and minerals. They also give these bites great texture.
  • Almonds are a great natural source of protein and healthy fats. They also pack a punch in terms of calcium, Vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder is a great way to add chocolate flavor to food without adding all the sugar and fat normally found in chocolate. Plus it is full of antioxidants and minerals.
The Recipe
No Bake Brownie bites with cocoa powder dusted on the outside.

No Bake Brownie Balls

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  • 15 pitted dates
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1 cup almonds (roasted, no salt added)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons water

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Add almonds to food processor and pulse until ground. Add dates, cocoa powder, honey, and water. Mix until it just forms a sticky mass. Wash hands and attempt to make a ball with the dough (it may need more water to get to the perfect consistency).


Put a tablespoon of cocoa or confectioner's sugar on a plate. Roll balls in your hand and then roll in sugar or cocoa (or both). Eat! These can be store in the fridge for a week.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68
Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 1mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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