This is my seventh season working with the Philadelphia Phillies but considering the young team, it often feels like my first year, so I have been spending a lot of time at the ballpark getting to know the players. They are not always eager to chat me up so I have been bringing them homemade snacks as a way to open up conversation. They love simple, energizing snacks like these no-bake Chocolate Walnut Brownie bites. They are a healthy snack and sweet treat all wrapped into one. Whether you are curbing your sweet tooth or fueling your little athlete–you want to make these!
Brownies just might be one of my all-time favorite foods but we rarely have them laying around the house…for good reason and that would not necessarily be a nourishing snack to share with the players. Instead, I used brownies as the inspiration for these bites and seriously…chocolate and walnuts…what’s not to love?
Why walnuts? Walnuts are a delicious and versatile ingredient that is the perfect compliment to many whole food ingredients. Their subtle crunch and earthy, nutty flavor pairs perfectly with fruit, grains, chocolate and even sweet root vegetables. Plus, one ounce of walnuts has 2.5 grams of the essential plant-based omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber to keep you feeling full.
Back to the “brownies”. This recipe was really easy to whip up. I simply added my ingredients to the food processor to form a “batter” and then rolled them up. I think it took with 15 minutes start to finish. There are no added sweeteners! Just good old whole food ingredients like dates, raisins, walnuts and oats. Better yet, you can freeze them! I actually love to snack on them frozen as they take a little longer to eat and seriously melt in your mouth. My favorite part might be licking the leftover batter off my fingers as it reminds me of making brownies and licking the spoon…and bowl…clean.
Onto the decadent goodness!
- 8 dates, pitted (soak in hot water for 5 minutes)
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 cups walnuts
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 1/2-3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon warm date water, as needed
- In a food processor, combine the soaked dates and raisins and pulse to form a paste. Add the remaining ingredients and blend under a batter is formed. The consistency should be dense but moist. Add water as needed.
- Roll the batter into golf-ball sized bites. Refrigerate to set. Freeze for up to one month.