Mock Brownie Bites Enrobed in Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt.

These little mock brownie bites are a chocolatier take-off of my energy bites.  I wanted to make these taste a bit more brownie-like but avoiding the bad fats and calories associated with regular brownies.  Plus, these are bite-sized and perfect for kids after-school snacks or for their lunches.  I topped these with a dash of sea salt and they are in one word… heavenly!  Perfect at room temperature or frozen.


1 c almonds, toasted
16 pitted Medjool dates, pitted
4 tbl of good quality cocoa
3 tbl of dark chocolate chips (optional)
1 tablespoon of agave or honey
1/8th tsp of salt
8 ounces of dark chocolate to melt
Sea salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place the almonds on a cookie sheet and bake for 6 minutes.  Add the almonds to your processor and blend until you have fine chunks of almond.  Then add the next ingredients through the 1/8th tsp of salt to your food processor and blend until a large mass forms.  Break it up and process again until it it is well blended.  Form into bite size balls (using a scoop) and place on a platter.

Over a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate.  Once completely melted, drop a bite into the chocolate and coat.  Remove with a fork, allowing the chocolate excess to drain back into the bowl.  Place on the platter and sprinkle with a touch of sea salt.  Repeat.

Freeze for 30 minutes until the chocolate firms.  Serve and enjoy!

— Knead to Cook

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        1. I would certainly give them a try. Couldn’t hurt. Roast them but watch them carefully so they don’t burn. I’ve mixed them before using walnuts/almonds or almonds/peanuts. Don’t see why using 100% peanuts wouldn’t work.