Gluten Free Paleo Brownie Bites
These No Bake Brownie Bites are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth with decadent rich chocolate flavor while still maintaining the standards of clean eating. Easy to make and easy to eat and full of nutritional benefits. A true, perfect dessert!
Gluten Free Brownie Bites
Anything that is made of chocolate and considered healthy is a food that I want. In fact, healthy chocolate recipes are one of my main goals in life- there should be way more of them! Gluten free brownie bites are just such a recipe. Healthy, delicious and easy to make. Intrigued? Keep reading!
I am a huge fan of chocolate. Give me anything that contains chocolate and I am happy. However, I am well aware that eating a lot of chocolate is not necessarily good for you. While dark chocolate has been proven to have many health benefits (a fact I love!), there are a lot of other, unnecessary ingredients in a lot of chocolate products. Candy bars are full of extra sugars, store bought brownies are loaded with carbs and a sleeve of chocolate cookies….well, who knows what is in it, I can barely read the label! Still, I need my chocolate…
One day I was making a batch of brownies, measuring the ingredients, getting excited for the treat that was about to come out of my oven when my 4 year old asked if she could help. She measured the massive amount of chocolate chips for me, poured in the melted butter and scooped the white flour.
I started to really notice everything that was going into that bowl. I started to think about how she was going to eat all that chocolate, butter, sugar and heavily processed flour. I started to hate this brownie recipe.
I’m never a big fan of feeding my kids excess sugar as I have seen first hand the effect that it has on their tiny bodies. My daughter can devour a chocolate bar, go bouncing off the walls and then completely crash, throwing tantrums or just becoming extremely tired. The roller coaster that sugar puts your body on is intense. But of course, I still love brownies and my kids still love brownies….
No Bake Brownie Batter
There had to be a better way to make brownies, get my chocolate fix and still feel good about handing one to my daughter. Also, to be honest, I felt like I needed to kick my bad chocolate habit and start eating healthier chocolate treats too. So for myself and for my kids, I started looking into better brownie alternatives.
Immediately I found recipes for no bake brownies which I found really interesting. Using nut butters, cocoa powder, natural sweeteners and healthy flours, people were making brownies! No oven, no unhealthy additives, just great chocolate treats. I had to try this sorcery! This recipe had the potential to change my chocolate- loving life.
Gluten Free No Bake Brownies
I started playing around with recipes, changing them a little bit here and there to make them healthier and also as close to tasting like real brownies as I could. One thing I knew I wanted to do was to get rid of that white flour and use something better.
Almond flour was the clear winner here. Not only is almond flour gluten free but it is also full of health benefits. Rich in vitamin E and magnesium, a low glycemic index and also full of healthy nut fats, Almond flour is the best (oh, and it tastes amazing!).
Coconut flour also works well in this recipe and can definitely be used in place of the almond flour. Oat flour (finely ground rolled oats) is also a perfect gluten free substitute. See, no one needs white bleached flour to make brownies!
No Bake Brownie Recipe with Cocoa Powder
The next ingredient I took a hard look at was chocolate. While I usually just grabbed a bag of chocolate chips to make brownies, this wasn’t going to do. Those store bought chocolate chips actually tend to have added sugars and milk in them. Why? Who knows, but I wasn’t having it anymore.
Using cocoa powder gives these no bake brownie bites a great chocolate taste that is completely natural. Look for dark chocolate cocoa powder (unsweetened of course!) that is minimally processed. It may taste strong if you just sneak a taste like I did, but once in the brownie mix….yum…
Just a quick side note about chocolate, it is quite fascinating how chocolate is made. The way cocoa butter, cocoa powder and chocolate chips are created is something every chocolate lover should learn. Your kids may also be amazed by how chocolate starts on a tree and ends up in our brownies, ice cream and cookies. Check out this video to learn a little about how chocolate is made (watch it while eating a Gluten Free Paleo Brownie Bite for an even better experience…).
No Bake Protein Brownies
So I had decided on a few major ingredients to change already.
- I opted to use natural sweeteners like agave and honey.
- Cocoa instead of ‘fake’ chocolate chips
- Gluten free flours rather than processed white flour
- Skip any milks to make sure these were dairy free
- Use nutritious almond butter as my ‘fat’ and binder.
It was all looking good but it still needed something else…
Protein. I wanted more protein in this recipe! As a mother to a picky toddler, I know how much of a struggle it can be to get kids to eat enough protein so if I could sneak it into these brownie bites, I would!
Luckily, protein powder is very easy to mix into the brownie dough and it adds a nice extra chocolate flavor that any kid would love. This was truly my no bake brownie bite break through! The recipe was complete, I finally had a winner!
The Best No Bake Brownie Bites
After making this recipe a bunch of times, I can honestly say that it is just perfect. These taste like real brownies, are full of nutritious ingredients and are easy to make. What more could a busy, chocolate loving mom want?!
So stop eating unhealthy brownies, skip those terrible chocolate candy bars and start eating something that is just as delicious but actually good for you. The best no bake brownie bites ever!
If you are looking for even more healthy chocolate recipes, check out my Peanut Butter Cup recipe that is also paleo friendly, vegan and gluten free. If you need a different peanut butter and chocolate fix, try my gluten free Peanut Butter Brownies. Clearly, you don’t need to eliminate chocolate from your diet in order to eat healthily, you just need to make smart choices and be aware of what you are eating! I like to thank my kids for making me notice the “bad side” of chocolate and alter my desserts to be just “good” chocolate. Kids are great! And so are brownies…
Paleo Brownie Bite Ingredients
These brownie bites require no oven, can be made in a matter of minutes and are completely Paleo friendly! They are also loaded with chocolate flavor making them a delicious way to satisfy any chocolate craving you may have.
- 1/2 cup almond flour (or oat flour if not paleo)
- 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 tablespoons honey or agave
- 2 tablespoons almond milk (or coconut milk)
- Mix all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl until evenly combined
- If it seems too dry, add a bit more almond milk (it should be similar to cookie dough)
- Roll 1 tablespoon of dough into a smooth ball and place on parchment paper
- Repeat until the dough is gone, then eat or let them chill in the fridge
- These brownie bites will keep in the fridge for up to three weeks in an airtight container
- Store in the freezer in an airtight container for up to three months (but thaw before taking a bite!)
- Add ¼ cup mini dark chocolate chips for an extra chocolate punch
- Peanut butter will work great in place of almond butter
- Any kind of protein powder will work (vanilla, peanut butter etc)
- Maple syrup can also be used in place of honey
- This recipe is gluten free, paleo, vegetarian and keto friendly!
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