Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie No-Bake Energy Bites are perfect for your kids’ after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.
It’s like clockwork: around 3 or 4 o’clock every day, my kids start rummaging through the pantry and fridge looking for a snack.
And even if I’ve eaten a filling lunch, I usually start to crave a sweet snack in the afternoon, too.
I don’t like to eat something heavy to ruin my dinner, though. Enter these Brownie Energy Bites from The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet!
How to make brownie energy bites
Take a look at how easy these are to make.
My kids absolutely love these. I love that they only take a few minutes to make, and I can make a big batch at the beginning of the week so we have snacks ready! It really is all about planning.
If you don’t have something healthier to grab, you’ll be more likely to grab the bag of chips or something at the drive-thru.
Of course, we like to treat ourselves every now and then, but on a day to day basis, I like to have healthier options ready for little fingers to grab.
These are super simple to make, requiring just a handful of nutritious ingredients. They’re refined sugar-free and grain-free – if you’re allergic to nuts, you can try replacing the cashews with sunflower seeds.
While these are perfect for snack time, you can even pack a couple of these in your kids’ lunch boxes as a sweet treat.
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Chocolate Brownie No-Bake Energy Bites
Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids’ after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 18 bites
- Category: Snacks
- 1 cup (145 g) raisins, packed
- 1 cup (120 g) cashews
- ¼ cup (20 g) cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Pinch cinnamon
- Place raisins in a medium bowl and cover with hot water. Let soak for 5 minutes to soften then drain.
- Add raisins and all remaining ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the mixture turns into the consistency of sand. Remove blade from the unit.
- Using your hands, scoop out dough and form into balls on the palms of your hands.
- Chill for 30 minutes and enjoy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for one week.
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- Serving Size: 1 bite
- Calories: 64
- Sugar: 4g
- Sodium: 26.2mg
- Fat: 3.6g
- Saturated Fat: 1.2g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 7.6g
- Fiber: 0.9g
- Protein: 1.6g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
No kids in the family, just me and my husband. Such as easy recipe with very few ingredients. These energy balls are delicious and a keeper!
Great recipe! Cooked these brownies for her family – everyone loved it! Thank you so much for sharing such a delicious recipe!
MOMables - Laura
I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Julia!
Oh my goodness Laura! These are my new favorite treat! I realize I’m a little late to the party in terms of trying this recipe, but seriously-like eating brownies. I subbed almonds because I was out of cashews and they turned out great. I’m so excited because I LOVE chocolate (and brownies/cookies) and these completely satisfy my treat cravings! =)
MOMables - Laura
I’m SO GLAD! Thank you for trying it!
Love!!!! I was just looking for something different to do for snacks for the kiddos.
MOMables - Laura
Thank you for trying this recipe Marine! and also for texting me the pics :)
Can you freeze these?
MOMables - Laura
Yes you can!
Made this but used dates instead of the raisins and it worked just the same. It tastes delicious!
Made these with sliced almonds, and they were fabulous! Also, added unsweetened shredded coconut. Great healthier snack.
I”m so glad you liked them Crystal!
I had the opposite problem of some people posting, mine seemed too wet and sticky. Too solve this I added some oats. I also decided to add some peanut butter at the end! My kids love these. Sadly, my daughter (1st grade) gets made fun of at school for her healthy (different) snacks and lunches. Aren’t kids cruel? Anyways, she told me today, ” the kids didn’t make fun of me today because I told them I was eating chocolate!”
I’m glad you figured it out! And yes, Mindy, that is beyond sad – kids can definitely be mean when it comes to something different than what they know. At least you know she’s eating healthy!
I’ve made these several times and they were a great success! Have shared the recipe link with many! About to try some of the variations mentioned by others :)
Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!
I found these really tough to roll. The pieces would bream up as soon as I applied any pressure. I used almonds, so maybe they need to be broken into smaller pieces first.
You may need to process them a little longer, or add some more raisins to give them moisture. You can also try adding 1-2 tablespoons of water to get them to stick better!
these sound great but I have a silly question.. can we substitute the raisins for anything
else..not crazy about raisins..maybe dates,,I m just curious because these do sound
yummy and healthy ,prob great before or after training too…
thank you for your great ideas;0)
Dates or prunes would definitely work here!
If you don’t have a food processor will a blender work?
Yes! Just make sure to watch it to get the right texture.
Cocoa powder? Do you mean the unsweetened kind u bake with, or something else?
Yes! Just plain unsweetened cocoa powder.
Are there any options for nut free? What could you substitute for the cashews?
MOMables - Laura
For the cashews, use sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!
My son is allergic to ALL nuts…. Can you suggest a no -nut substitution for the cashews? Thanks!!
Hey Charlene! Sunflower seeds could definitely work here.
Perfect! I was thinking of those as well!
I can’t have nuts either and might try pumpkin seeds (pepitas)!
I definitely think that would work!
Wow! These are incredible!
I used the raisin water to sweeten my tea.
That’s a genius idea!
I love these! The one time I tried to make something similar, it burned up my food processor, though, so I’ve only ever made them once. (My fault. It was a mini-food processor and not designed for the task.) What food processor do you use to make these? Since I’m in the market for one that will make this kind of thing without dying on me. :)
The kids gobbled these up the one time I made it, and I’d love to be able to offer them this rather than other less healthy options when they get a sweet tooth.
I promise these won’t burn your food processor up! :) This one is great because you can scrape the sides without stopping the processor. I hope you get to try them!
any suggestions for a nut-free version?
Sunflower seeds would work!
Sounds amazing! I’ll make sure to give it a try!
Yay! They’re such a great snack.
Can you suggest alternative to cashews for this recipe? Pecans, pistachios or almonds?
Hi! Any nut should do, though you may need to adjust the amount to get the right texture. Almonds or pecans sound delicious!