These No Bake Brownie Bites are the perfect snack, quick breakfast or dessert. They are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free, and made with only 3 simple ingredients. All you need is buckwheat groats, Medjool dates, and cacao powder to make these creamy, sticky, and sweet brownie bites.
These 3-ingredient no bake brownie bites are so easy to make, you’ll be enjoying them in no time. Roll them in some extra cacao powder for a decadent finish, or add a touch of vanilla extract for extra flavor. This recipe is an easy way to satisfy any chocolate craving.
INGREDIENTS NO BAKE BROWNIE BITES
Buckwheat: Buckwheat groats are used as the base of the recipe, they add a nutty flavor and a texture that mimics traditional brownies.
Medjool dates: Medjool dates are used to add a natural sweetness to the recipe and also to bind the bites together. They are a great alternative to refined sugar, and they are also a good source of energy.
Cacao powder: Cacao powder is used to add a rich and intense chocolate flavor to the recipe.
Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract is an optional ingredient, it is used to add a subtle vanilla flavor to the bites and I can highly recommend it.
Extra cacao powder for rolling (optional): This is also an optional ingredient, it is used to roll the bites in to give them a more decadent look and also adds more chocolatey flavor.
HOW TO MAKE THESE BITES (step-by-step)
For the detailed recipe, scroll down to the recipe card.
Rinse 1 cup of buckwheat groats in a fine-mesh strainer and add to a pot. Bring to a boil. You can read here how to cook buckwheat. Once cooked, drain any excess water and set aside to cool.
To a high-speed blender with a tamper or food processor, add the dates and process until they form a sticky paste. Then add the cooked buckwheat
Process until the mixture is well combined and forms a sticky dough. Scrape the sides if needed and blend again. Add the cacao powder too and pulse until well combined.
Once blended it’s best to place the mixture in the fridge for at least 20 minutes so it can become a bit more firm.
Use a spoon or a cookie scoop to form small balls out of the dough. You should get about 10-12 bites.
If desired, roll the bites in extra cacao powder to coat the surface, giving them a more decadent look.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THESE NO BAKE BROWNIE BITES
A lot of vegan bites are made with nuts, seeds and/or coconut milk or coconut oil. There is nothing wrong with these ingredients, but these bites contain none of those ingredients.
Other reasons why you will love these bites:
First, the recipe is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and oil-free, which makes it suitable for a variety of dietary restrictions and preferences, aka everyone will loves these bites.
Second, the recipe is made with just 3 simple ingredients. This makes it easy to make if a chocolate craving hits and you have limited kitchen experience or resources.
Third, the recipe is a chocolate-based snack or dessert, and who can resist that? The use of cacao powder adds a rich and intense chocolate flavor.
Fourth, the recipe is a no-bake recipe, which means it requires minimal cooking time, and it is a great option for hot summer days when you don’t want to turn on the oven.
Lastly, the recipe is a bite-sized recipe, which means it is a perfect small treat for snacking or sharing with friends and family.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I use a different type of sweetener instead of Medjool dates?
Medjool dates are used in this recipe because they add a natural sweetness and a sticky texture that helps to bind the bites together. If you prefer, you could try using another type of sweetener such as maple syrup, but keep in mind that the texture and flavor of the bites will be different.
Another option is to use other dried fruits, such as plums, figs, apricots or peaches.
Can I use a different type of grain instead of buckwheat groats?
Buckwheat groats are used in this recipe to add a nutty flavor and a texture that mimics traditional brownies. Other types of grains such as oats or quinoa may work, but the texture and flavor will be different. Also, buckwheat is not a grain.
Are these bites gluten-free?
Yes, this recipe is gluten-free as it uses only buckwheat groats, which are gluten-free.
How long will these bites last?
These bites can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I don’t advise to freeze them.
Does it matter if I use roasted buckwheat or unroasted buckwheat?
The type of buckwheat you use in this recipe can affect the final taste of the bites.
Unroasted buckwheat groats, also known as “raw” or “green” buckwheat, have a mild, nutty flavor and a light-colored appearance and they are often used in salads, soups and in sweet recipes.
Roasted buckwheat groats, also known as “kasha“, have a stronger, toasted flavor and a darker appearance and they are often used in savory dishes, like pilafs and as a side dish.
Both types of buckwheat can be used in this recipe, but the taste will be different. Using unroasted buckwheat will give a milder, nuttier flavor to the bites, while using roasted buckwheat will give a stronger, toasted flavor.
Also, in terms of texture, the unroasted buckwheat is more tender than the roasted one, so it will give you a smoother texture and it’s easier to blend with the other ingredients.
Ultimately, it is a matter of personal preference and what you have available. Both types of buckwheat will work well in the recipe, and it’s good to experiment and see which one you prefer.
These bites are easy to make ahead which means you’ll always have a delicious snack at hand. I keep these bites in the fridge for up to 5 days, but they don’t freeze well.
This recipe is very versatile, so you can add any ingredients you like to customize the bites to your taste. Some ideas could be nuts, seeds, dried fruits, or spices to add more flavor and texture.
These chocolate bites are super easy to make, requiring just a few steps, 3 ingredients, and no fancy kitchen equipment. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you can use a food processor. Make sure to scrape the sides in between blending.
If you don’t have a powerful blender or food processor you can soak the dates in warm water for about 20 minutes before using and you can slightly overcook the buckwheat.
If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment or rate the recipe. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag #thegreencreator on Instagram! I’d love to see your creation!
No Bake Brownie Bites
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 5
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 10–12 bites, depending on the size 1x
- Category: sweet, snack
- Method: blender / food processor
- Cuisine: glutenfree
- Diet: Vegan
These No Bake Brownie Bites are the perfect snack, quick breakfast or dessert. They are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free, and made with only 3 simple ingredients. Creamy, sticky, sweet and super easy to make.
- 1 cup / 160 gr unroasted buckwheat groats
- 1.5 cups / 350 ml water water
- 1 cup / 190 gr / about 10 pieces Medjool dates
- 1.5 tbs cacao powder
- extra cacao powder for rolling (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Begin by rinsing 1 cup of buckwheat groats in a fine-mesh strainer under running water.
- In a medium pot, bring 1.5 cups of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add the rinsed buckwheat groats and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about 12-15 minutes, or until the buckwheat is cooked through. Drain any excess water and set aside to cool.
- In a high-speed blender with a tamper or food processor, add the pitted Medjool dates and process until they form a sticky paste.
- Once the buckwheat has cooled, add it to the food processor with the Medjool date paste. Process until the mixture is well combined and forms a sticky dough. Scrape the sides if needed and blend again.
- Add the cacao powder and vanilla extract (if using) to the blender/food processor and pulse until well combined.
- Once blended it’s best to place the mixture in the fridge for at least 20 minutes so it can become a bit more firm.
- Use a spoon or a cookie scoop to form small balls out of the dough. You should get about 10-12 bites.
- If desired, roll the bites in extra cacao powder to coat the surface, giving them a more decadent look.
- Once all the bites are formed, place them in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to firm up.
- After 1 hour, take them out and they are ready to eat!
- In this article you can read all about how to perfectly cook buckwheat.
- Keep in the fridge to keep the bites firm. It’s best not to keep these bites at room temperature since they will become soft and sticky.
- Store these bites covered in the refrigerator for best freshness for up to 5 days.
- If you don’t have a powerful blender or food processor you can soak the dates in warm water for about 20 minutes before using and you can slightly overcook the buckwheat.
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