How to Make Delicious 65-Calorie Brownies

These raw brownie bites provide a chocolate treat without the added fat and sugar of regular brownies. They contain dates, which are a naturally sweet ingredient, so they are perfect to have as a sweet snack after dinner. By having these healthier (delicious) options in the house, you don’t have any excuse to reach for unhealthy options.


  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup packed dates (fresh or dried)
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • Dash of vanilla extract


If using dried dates, place them in a bowl with hot water for aboutfive5 minutes to soften. Drain the water prior to blending.

Chop nuts in the food processor first, until fine and crumbly. Remove from food processor and put the softened dates in, and process until smooth. Add a very small amount of water if needed to achieve a smooth consistency.

Once the dates are blended, add the remaining ingredients except coconut and mix until well incorporated. The mixture will be sticky.

Put the coconut in a shallow bowl, roll the brownie mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and then roll in the shredded coconut until coated (use more coconut if needed, but 1/4 cup should be plenty). Store in an airtight bag in the fridge or freezer – I usually keep them in the freezer so they last longer (they will be fine for weeks) and don’t require any defrosting as they won’t fully freeze; you can eat them straight away! Makes 12 bites.

Almonds can be used instead of walnuts, but keep in mind the nutritional content will be different.

Per brownie bite: 65 calories, 7 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fat, 2 grams protein.


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Carolyn McAnlis, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who has a special interest in preventing chronic disease through nutrition. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science & Dietetics and a minor in Psychology. After completing a full-time dietetic internship at the University of Virginia Health System, she has developed a passion for convincing others that healthy food can be delicious through her blog A Dietitian in the Kitchen.

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