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No-Bake Hemp Brownie Bites

No-Bake Hemp Brownie Bites 15.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Local Living No Bake Mar 4, 2014

This no-bake recipe requires six ingredients and is quick and easy to whip together. It is extremely heart-healthy and brimming with superfood benefits. These hemp balls contain omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, fiber, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium and more. The balls are raw, vegan and gluten-free. They can be served as a dessert or can be eaten any time of day as an on-the-go breakfast or snack. Their rich chocolate flavor resembles that of a moist brownie. Each ball is rolled in hemp seed for additional benefits.

Make Ahead: The balls can be refrigerated or frozen in an airtight container for several months. For best flavor, chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Where to Buy: Raw, shelled hemp seeds and cacao powder can be found at organic grocery stores such as Whole Foods.

15 - 18

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Tested size: 15-18 servings; makes 15 to 18 balls

  • 2 1/2 ounces raw, shelled hemp seeds (about 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons; see headnote)
  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder (see headnote)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 24 pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Reserve 2 tablespoons of the hemp seeds in a small bowl.

Combine the remaining hemp seeds, walnuts, cacao powder and salt in mini food processor; pulse for 10 seconds to create a fairly finely ground mixture.

Add half the dates and all of the vanilla extract; grind/puree for about 15 seconds, then add the remaining dates and grind/puree for 15 seconds or until fairly smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl; use your clean hands to form 15 to 18 balls.

Roll each ball in the reserved hemp seeds so it's half covered, arranging the balls in a container as you work. They can be served right away but are best when refrigerated for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

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From Elaine Gordon, a master of public health professional and a master certified health education specialist, is creator of the healthy recipe site

Tested by Kendra Nichols.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per ball (based on 18): 150

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 4g 6%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 30mg 1%

Total Carbohydrates: 27g 9%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: 21g

Protein: 3g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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