My daughter loves chocolate in any form and I have been depriving her for some days. I am trying to avoid giving her anything loaded with butter, sugar and chocolates and she is really very much sad. I don’t give her the cakes I make and those cakes are not for us to taste. So she has been craving for something chocolate for weeks now. For the past four years, she has been bragging about my baking to all her friends and teachers, that when ever I visit her school, her teachers would let me know about that. Last year they invited me to show how to bake a cake for their 3rd standard students and this year they want me to do a recipe on no fire cooking.
Whenever there is a no fire cooking class at school, my daughter either takes bread to school or some salad vegetables to school. I didn’t really want to do that. So I searched for something interesting and something which is healthy for the kids. And I chanced upon these brownie bites. These are so easy to make and are surely perfect for kids as it needs only 10 minutes from start to finish. There are so many variations of this recipe all over the net. I used whatever ingredient I had in my pantry to make these nutritious bites. The reason why I am calling it nutritious is because, it has nuts, which are good for kids and doesn’t have any added sugar. The sweetness comes from dates, which are also good for kids. So relishing one or two bites for snacks would be a great way of including dates and nuts in their diet and with cocoa powder in it, they will never say no to these yummy bites. And it tastes so much like nutty brownies without any butter or sugar. I have rolled the bites in cocoa powder, but if your kid is not a fan of bitter cocoa, then add some icing sugar with cocoa powder and then roll it. After tasting one, my daughter wrote a review on the board – Brownie Bites are yummy, tasty and fantastic.
So how can you make brownie bites with out butter? how is the bite holding its shape without any binding ingredient? Every nut has oil in it and that is how we make nut butters which can be used as the substitute for butter. That is what we will be using in this recipe. When you grind nuts, first they become powder. Then if we keep on grinding them, they let out oil and will become wet and greasy, but in a good way. This is how we will be rolling them into small balls. All the ingredients are ground together until the nuts let out oil and become clumpy. Then they are shaped into tiny balls and rolled in cocoa powder or grated coconut or just left as it is. However you present them, they are absolutely yum.
Makes 20 – 24 Bites
Cashew Nuts – 100 gm
Blanched Almonds – 100 gm
Cocoa Powder – 3 tbs
Seedless Dates – 12 – 15
Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp
In a mixer jar take both cashew and almonds and grind to a fine powder.
Add cocoa powder and run until all the ingredients incorporate.
Add dates, vanilla essence and keep on running the mixer until the mix is clumpy.
Transfer to a plate.
Divide into 24 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball.
Roll the balls in cocoa powder and serve in small paper liners.