These fudge brownie protein bites are a healthy choice when you need a bite of something that’s low glycemic, naturally sweetened and delicious. Made with whole ingredients like hazelnuts, dates, cacao, almond butter and with the addition of a little extra protein, you’re going to love these healthy little bites of fudge brownie yumminess for an afternoon snack, post-workout, dessert or anytime. Scroll down for the full recipe!
Curb that 4:00pm sweet tooth and get yourself a boost of energy with one of these fudge brownie protein snack bites.
These little guys are packed with protein, good fats and CHOCOLATE.
Because chocolate can be healthy too, in case you haven’t heard.
Yes, these fudge brownie protein bites really DO taste like a little bite of brownie heaven.
But here’s what I love most about them: (Wait, two things…no, three…)
1 | These Delicious Bites are Beyond Easy to Make
You literally just throw all the ingredients in a food processor, grind them all up and roll them into little bites. They’ll keep in the fridge for a week or so and you can just grab one whenever you need a delicious snack to tide you over or you just want a bite of something that’s (naturally) sweet.
2 | The Fudge Brownie Bites are Made with Low Glycemic Ingredients
All the ingredients in this recipe are low on the glycemic index. Even the dates!
Surprisingly, dates have a low glycemic index. This means that even though they taste sweet, they’re less likely to spike your blood sugar levels. The reason for their low glycemic index is because of their high fiber content. Fiber slows the way your body digests carbohydrates, which means that you can avoid blood sugar spikes. Fiber also helps to keep your gut healthy and happy.
Dates are a wonderfully healthy choice to substitute for sugar when you need to sweeten a recipe. They’re one of my favorite ingredients for my healthy, homemade desserts and sweet snacks!
Raw hazelnuts are also loaded with fiber as well as good fats and antioxidants, and they’re absolutely delicious when paired with chocolate.
3 | Cacao is one of nature’s most energizing and mood boosting superfoods
Asking me to choose a favorite superfood is like asking me to pick my favorite child. But if you made me choose, hands down I would choose cacao. Raw cacao is the purest form of chocolate and the one that allows you to reap the most benefits. Cacao is one of the foods in nature that is highest in magnesium, a mineral that many people are deficient in, and it’s loaded with antioxidants . It’s also a natural mood and energy booster and an inflammation reducer thanks to the compound theobromine that’s found in cacao, and it contains a compound called phenylethylamine which works by stimulating the brain’s pleasure centers. This chemical naturally occurs in the body when we are in love and also when we achieve orgasm. A women’s superfood indeed!
For protein powder, I use Primal Kitchen’s Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel, which I order from Thrive Market and save almost $10 off regular retail price. This collagen protein is wonderful in protein snack bites and smoothies. It tastes yummy and I really love the texture.
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Fudge Brownie Protein Bites (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
- Food processor
- 8 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts
- 3 scoops vanilla or chocolate protein powder (I used Primal Kitchen Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel)
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 tablespoon warm water
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- Add the dates, hazelnuts, protein powder, cacao powder, almond butter and vanilla to the bowl of a food processor and pulse all ingredients until they're well mixed.
- Add the 1/2 tablespoon warm water to the food processor and pulse again a few more times until all the ingredients start to come together.
- Add the chocolate chips to the mixture and use a spoon or your hands to mix them in with the other ingredients.
- Using your hands, roll the mixture into uniform sized bites. Place them into the freezer for about 15 minutes or until they're set up well. Store the bites in a covered container in the refrigerator or freezer.