Healthy Brownie bites

Nut Butter Brownie Bites

Raw Energy – get the best out of your ingredients by eating them the way nature intended.  These Nut Butter Brownies are pure health, goodness and energy in every bite.   They are vegan, gluten free and there is no cooking required.   What more could you ask for?…… oh yes deliciousness !!!!!


All the ingredients in these brownies are raw, and healthy.  Although there is no processed sugar added, these are made with dates which as we all know have a high fructose content, but dates also have powerful health benefits and are a great source of energy,  fiber and various vitamins and minerals.  If you eat your food as nature intends “raw” you are bound to benefit from all her goodness.nut butter brownie bites

The brownie base is made with a combination of the cashews, organic rolled oats, cacao and dates, and topped with a layer of nut butter of your choice.  I used Macadamia Nut Butter, but peanut butter, almond, or cashew would also be delicious.  It is then spread with a chocolate topping of raw cacao, coconut oil and maple syrup.

vegan brownies

vegan cacao brownies

Cashew nuts are an abundant source of essential mineral, and the rolled oats help maintain healthy heart and blood pressure.  The raw cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, and it is less processed than cocoa powder. So as you can see, these brownie bites are totally guilt free and healthy.  If you make them, it will be the best thing you did today.


Vegan brownies



Gluten free and vegan nut butter brownies


4.5 from 2 votes
Healthy Brownie bites
Nut Butter Brownie Bites
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Healthy, No Bake
Servings: 16
Author: Shades of Cinnamon
  • For the brownie base:
  • 150 g (1cup) raw cashew nuts
  • 90 g (1 cup) rolled oats
  • 400 g pitted dates or (+/- 18 medjool dates)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 20 g raw cacao powder (or cocoa)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • Small amount of Water if necessary
  • For the topping:
  • 140 g (1/2 cup) nut butter of your choice. I used macadamia nut, but you can use peanut butter /almond or cashew nut butter.
  • 3 Tablesppons raw cacao powder
  • 160 ml (2/3 cup) melted coconut oil, cooled
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) maple syrup
  1. Combine raw cashews and rolled oats in a food processor and grind to fine crumbs.
  2. Add 20g cacao, together with cinnamon and vanilla essence, and process .
  3. Add pitted dates and process until mixture comes together.
  4. Add the 2 Tablespoons coconut oil and process.
  5. If the mixture is still not combined fully you can add a Tablespoon or 2 of water.
  6. Press into half of a 20 x 24cm baking tray and place in the freezer for at least an hour. By only using half the tray it will make the squares the correct height.
  7. Spread the top with the nut butter to form a layer, and freeze again.
  8. To make the topping combine the oil, maple syrup and the 3 Tablesoons of cacao, in a pot and melt.
  9. Allow to cool until it just runs and pour over the brownie bites.
  10. Chill to firm it up and cut into 16 squares.
  11. Keep in the refrigerator.
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  • Reply Judith vdWesthuisen April 21, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Incredible – that looks like a layer of caramel under the chocolate but it’s actually nutbutter. What a great idea I think the kiddies will love this

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon April 21, 2016 at 3:17 PM

      Yes Judith, and if you are a peanut butter fan, it would be great to use as well.

  • Reply Lee April 21, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Yummie it’s always so hard to find a gluten free treat that actually looks fabulous too. I am sure it tastes as good as it looks

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon April 21, 2016 at 3:18 PM

      I’m so glad you like these, they definitely do taste as good as they look. Thank you.

  • Reply ratna April 22, 2016 at 2:04 AM

    Like you said it has pretty much everything going for it. I’m saving this recipe to take some treat to office soon. I can almost hear the OOs and AAs its going to get. I love the beautiful styling too. Thank you Ev.

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon April 22, 2016 at 7:15 AM

      I think they will enjoy them Ratna, remember they need to be stored in the fridge though as the nut butter gets very soft. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Reply kelly May 6, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    These are incredible

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