What is it about brownies that makes everyone love them?
Well, I can’t speak for you… but I love the hard exterior and soft fudgy interior. No, not all brownies are like this. But the ones I use to make were. And not that long ago, either. Gluten free brownie mixes from the store are my own personal Pandora’s Box. Back when I was only gluten free (during my pregnancy I ate dairy and sugar), I went crazy on these things. Not good. But OH-SO-GOOD. If you get my drift ;)
Enter the ‘no sugar’ diet again. Hmm, that takes out literally every GF boxed brownie mix that I know of. I’m pretty sure they were at least 50% sugar… probably why they were so delicious? Well, I’ve found a way to fill that sad, sad void in my life in a healthy way. These brownie bites are made of fruit and nuts, sweet and delicious, AND fudgy. I am a texture person and so when I tried this and discovered I could savor it in my mouth like a boxed mix brownie, I’ve never looked back.
I’ve made this 3 or 4 times since the first discovery. Each time was different, because I like to experiment, but I honestly liked them all. I have played around with the ratios of fruit to nut, types of fruit, etc. Again, I think they all were great. But this recipe is the one I thought rose to the top. I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!
“Brownie” Bites (from Fruit & Nuts - GF, DF, SF)
2 tbs raisins
1 cup almonds, whole
1/2 cup pecans, whole or halved
2 tbs all natural peanut butter (I make my own)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbs cocoa powder
1/2 tsp NuNaturals liquid stevia
2 tsp vanilla extract
Using a food processor, chop the almonds for 5 minutes, or until the almonds are ground very small. Then add all other ingredients and run the food processor another 5 minutes, or until the mixture starts to ball up/combine. Use a teaspoon measure to scoop out portions to roll into balls. This amount of mix makes about 4 dozen 1/2 inch balls. They last up to two weeks in the fridge (maybe longer, I don’t know for sure though because I eat them within two weeks every time… haha).
I play around with the amounts of each ingredient each time and although this can alter the texture, taste, and roll-a-bility (new word?), I’ve loved every version. So I guess what I’m saying is, try it no matter what. Even if you’re missing an ingredient or need to do a substitute. Chances are you will love it anyway. And if you do, can you share your variation with the rest of us? They are just too good not to share :)
This recipe is linked to Real Food Recipe Round-up, Mouth Watering Mondays, Tempting Tuesday, DIY link party, Gluten Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Inspire Me Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, Gluten Free Friday, Foodie Friday, Fight Back Friday, Friday Favorites, Friday Pin Fest, Catch a Glimpse Thursday, Food Friday w/Dried Fruit.