Brownie balls

Do you remember in Monday’s post when I said that we haven’t met any of our neighbours yet not even the people right next door? I kid you not, just a few hours after I hit ‘publish’ on the post the doorbell rang and behind it stood a very friendly looking lady baring flowers.

‘Are you Claire?’ she said. I confirmed and she said ‘I’m L your lousy neighbour who hasn’t introduced herself yet.’ Can you believe it? The universe must have read my post. She was absolutely lovely and handed me a piece of paper with the names of all her family members and their phone numbers and we parted with the hope of catching up for drinks very soon. I was just a little bit chuffed.

Raw brownie balls

Later in the day I mentioned to mum that I hadn’t heard from the people I’d contacted two weeks ago about a bassinet mattress. At 9am yesterday I got a call from them. What else shall I put out to the universe?

It’s not entirely the same thing but I had been on the lookout for a new healthy snack recipe for a while and came across raw brownie balls a few weeks ago. I kept forgetting to buy dates though. As luck would have it, what was in my most recent fruit and vege box – you guessed it – dates.

Raw brownie balls

They have all the flavours and essential elements of a brownie, like the crunchy walnuts and rich cocoa without any of the guilt. Ok so you would still feel rather ill and have downed quite a few calories if you ate all of them but one or two and you’re just getting a good dose of healthy fats and some fruit.

Even better than brownies though there’s no baking involved and just the food processor to throw in the dishwasher wash up. I’ve put 25 minutes in the recipe but really, if you’re speedy at ball rolling you could whip up a batch in 15 minutes.

Raw brownie balls

I think they’re best eaten straight from the fridge when they’re nice and firm but leaving them out makes them a little bit gooey like real brownies. You could also pat the mixture into a square tin and cut it into squares if you really wanted to fool yourself. A sprinkling of shredded coconut on top would make for the perfect healthy nibble with your after-meal coffee. Enjoy!

What about you? Do you find that when you talk about something not happening, it suddenly happens?

Raw brownie balls

Raw brownie balls - vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free

Raw brownie balls - vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 13-14 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


  1. Place the walnuts in the bowl of a food processor and process until very fine.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until the mixture comes together.
  3. You may need to add a little water.
  4. Roll teaspoons of batter into tight balls and refrigerate until serving.


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