Chocolate Chia Brownie Bites

Chocolate Chia Brownie BitesI. Love. Dates. Probably a little bit too much, but I suppose it’s better than going through bags full of Sour Patch Kids and gummy bears (childhood favorites) every day. Some people try to convince me that they don’t like dates, but I never believe them. Who doesn’t like creamy, caramelly, sometimes even butterscotchy morsels of goodness? Nobody. Unless they’re crazy. And even if, by some great anomaly, they don’t like dates in their naked form, then they’ll surely appreciate them when they’re morphed into rich, chocolatey brownies.

Chocolate Chia Brownie BItesWith powerhouse ingredients like dates, chia seeds, cocoa powder, lucuma powder, and coconut, these brownies are more than just dessert. I like to eat a couple of these before climbing, a workout, or a run. The natural sugars in the dates provide a quick burst of energy that’s ready to use right away, while the chia seeds, full of fiber and protein, give these bites a bit of staying power. The ancient Incan civilization, it is said, used chia seeds as one of its main sources of energy. Cacao powder is notoriously high in antioxidants, and lucuma, which comes from Peru (and is, apparently, more popular in ice cream form than chocolate or vanilla) provides us with plentiful beta carotene, and a rich maple flavor.

Trust me when I say that these bites will beat out any store bought energy bar, every time, at a fraction of the cost. You’ll want to eat the whole batch in one sitting (though they’re quite filling, so I doubt you’ll be able to).

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Ingredients

•2 cups packed pitted dates*
•1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
•1/4 cup chia seeds*
•1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)*
•1/4 cup lucuma powder*
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
•2 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
•cocoa powder for dusting (optional)*

Place dates, coconut, chia seeds, cocoa powder, lucuma powder, and optional (though recommended) vanilla extract in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the ingredients come together in a ball, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Pulse in chocolate chips if desired.

Remove mixture from food processor a tablespoon at a time and roll into balls. Place onto parchment paper and dust with cocoa powder if desired. Alternatively, you can press the mixture into a parchment-lined pan, then cut into bars or squares.

Notes: Any moist variety of date will work here. I used a combination or Medjool, Barhi (my absolute favorite – they literally taste like butterscotch), and Deeglet Noor. Nuts.com has a large selection of dates with great descriptions for each. My chia seeds and cacao powder also come from Nuts.com. If you don’t have lucuma powder, you may use an additional 1/4 cup of cocoa powder in its place. I use Nativas Naturals lucuma powder, which can be found here. Other ideas for rolling your bites in: shredded coconut, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and sesame seeds would all complement the brownie bites well.

Chocolate Chia Brownie BitesAre dates a regular part of your diet (please say yes!)? What are your favorite power foods?

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31 Responses to Chocolate Chia Brownie Bites

  1. frugalfeeding 5 February 2013 at 11:18 #

    These sound AMAZING! Pinned!

  2. learnactlivelove 5 February 2013 at 11:41 #

    Sounds fabulous. I pinned it too :)

  3. Richa 5 February 2013 at 13:24 #

    i love dates and chocolate together.. you can hide so much good stuff in them!

  4. Herbivore Triathlete 5 February 2013 at 19:10 #

    I agree that dates tastes like caramel or butterscotch. I will often eat them plain when I have a craving for something sweet. Love this recipe!

    • Jodye @ Chocolate and Chou Fleur 7 February 2013 at 09:00 #

      Thank you! Me too, all the time. I have to replenish my stock all the time! Have you tried Barhi dates? They really are the best.

  5. moderngirlnutrition 5 February 2013 at 19:57 #

    Gorgeous pictures! Loved this idea, and I have almost all the ingredients:)

  6. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies.com 6 February 2013 at 12:22 #

    Dates always look and sound so good online, but I’ve never actually bought them. For some reason, I’ve been a little scared! this recipe might be what i need to push me over the edge though!!

  7. Sylvie Shirazi (@gourmandeinthek) 7 February 2013 at 01:13 #

    Yes I love dates, they are one of my go-to natural sweeteners!

    • Jodye @ Chocolate and Chou Fleur 7 February 2013 at 08:59 #

      Mine, as well, when I can resist eating them straight from the bag. They definitely add a more complex flavor than other sweeteners.

  8. Emma @ Bake Sew Grow 7 February 2013 at 09:05 #

    These look amazing! And I love the idea of using dates as a sweetner :)

  9. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan 7 February 2013 at 15:38 #

    My boyfriend doesn’t like coconut so when I make them I’ll get them all to myself!! : )

  10. cleaneatingveggiegirl 7 February 2013 at 17:30 #

    Healthy brownie bites?? Sign me up for these! They sound delicious :).

  11. Gabby @ the veggie nook 7 February 2013 at 19:54 #

    These look wonderful! So healthy and full of fibre yet sweet and decadent- BEST :)

  12. Kristy 8 February 2013 at 16:53 #

    These just sound soooo divine! And I love dates too. :-)

  13. Joanne 9 February 2013 at 08:05 #

    I adore dates also and love that these are actually kinda healthy!

  14. Lindsey @ Dishing Up Hope 11 February 2013 at 16:51 #

    Absolutly love those pictures! I am new to the date world, so this is a recipe I will have to try!

  15. trangquynh 12 February 2013 at 11:00 #

    yum, I’m a huge fan of chocolate so these bites are heaven to me ;)

  16. Hannah 17 February 2013 at 19:39 #

    I finally have a food processor again, so I can get back to making delicious treats like this! Hurrah!

  17. Yvonne 25 February 2013 at 16:21 #

    I live in the Netherlands and I checked if I can order from Nuts.com, but I can’t find the answer. I would love to order the dates and lucuma powder.

  18. stevie 17 June 2013 at 19:20 #

    i finally got around to making these tonight and they are incredible! i forgot all about adding chocolate chips (they don’t need them, but i imagine they would be a fun additive). i am taking some to work tomorrow to fool some sweet tooths!

    • Jodye 18 June 2013 at 17:57 #

      I’m glad you enjoyed them! I’ve definitely fooled my fair share of traditional sweets addicts with these. I hope your coworkers feel the same!

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