I have a serious sweet tooth and a particular weakness for chocolate, so I'm always on the lookout for ways to satisfy the craving for a decadent dessert in the healthiest way possible. One of my favorite desserts is a chocolate avocado torte with pecan crust, a frozen delight made with healthy ingredients. The sweetness comes from agave or honey rather than any refined sugar. Avocado adds a creamy thickness (along with healthy fats and nutrients!) but is hidden by the chocolate flavor from the cocoa powder (yet another healthy food). In fact, chocolate and avocado are a fantastic combination. I also love making chocolate avocado pudding as a rich treat, and it can even be used as frosting for cupcakes!
Anyway, the combination is a favorite of mine, so when I came across this recipe for raw brownie bites on Live Simply, I knew there was some magic about to happen in my kitchen.
I can't express how much I love this recipe. There is literally not a single unhealthy ingredient in here — quite the opposite. The ingredient list reads like a list of superfoods. On top of that, it takes all of 20 minutes to make these little truffle-like treats, which look like a fancy dessert. Forget you're supposed to bring something to a party that starts in half an hour? Here's your go-to recipe. Everyone will fawn over them and no one will know you're also helping to boost their immune systems, decrease bad cholesterol, and reduce the risk of various cancers thanks to the healthful ingredients. (Mind you, one or two is enough. More than that and you aren't doing your waistline any favors.)
For toppings, I used finely chopped pecans, and fleur du sel, but any toppings you might enjoy will work, including shredded coconut, chopped sunflower seeds, chopped toasted hazelnuts or roasted almonds. Feel free to get creative!

brownie bites

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Total time: 20 minutes 

Yield: 20 golf-ball sized treats

Raw Chocolate Walnut Brownie Bites


  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1.25 cups Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 Hass avocado
  • 2 tablespoons unfiltered honey
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup toppings of choice
Cooking Directions
  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the walnuts and dates and pulse until they are finely chopped and thoroughly combined.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients except the toppings and pulse until everything is blended together into a smooth dough. It will be moist and sticky but very thick and will hold together well.
  3. On a flat surface, spread out your desired toppings. Prepare a plate with parchment paper or cupcake liners for the finished balls.
  4. Using a tablespoon, spoon out about a golf-ball sized amount of dough into your hand and roll it into a ball shape.
  5. Roll the ball in the toppings, and set it on the prepared plate or in a cupcake liner. Repeat until all the dough is used up. The batch should make about 20 bites.
  6. Place the finished brownie bites in the fridge until they're ready to be enjoyed. This gives the coconut oil a chance to firm up and make the bites the consistency of a fudgey truffle. These will last three to five days in the fridge and three to four weeks in the freezer ... if you don't eat them all before then!

brownie bites

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Jaymi Heimbuch ( @jaymiheimbuch ) focuses on wildlife conservation and animal news from her home base in San Francisco.