I absolutely LOVE all things chocolate.
On the day I was born I was given a box of chocolates and a teddy bear. True story. My mom of course got the chocolate, but it’s always been my favorite candy for as long as I can remember. These raw brownie bites may just take the cake though. Chocolate cake, of course.
A few years ago I started to realize the importance of what’s in my food. Those mini candy bars I would gorge on after every Halloween clearance sale didn’t taste so good when I found out they had allowable levels of rat hair and insect bits. (source) Not to mention the crazy amount of sugar that now makes my teeth hurt.
So what’s a chocolate loving girl to do?
I made my own, of course. I started to experiment in college with covering everything in chocolate. Cereal was at the top of the list because it lent a satisfying crunch, but nuts were pretty good too. Almost everything will taste better if it’s covered in chocolate!
Recently though, I’ve concocted this gem of a recipe. It blends smooth coconut manna with rich cocoa powder and sweet maple syrup. Stir in some hemp seeds, chopped nuts and coconut flakes and you’ve reached chocolate perfection. You can roll them in maca or cocoa powder, but I chose hemp seeds for a little crunch and added nutritional boost.
I started off making my own chocolate with coconut oil, cocoa powder and honey. This recipe though uses coconut manna. Manna means “food from heaven,” and this stuff really is divine. I also switched out the raw honey for maple syrup for a more subtle flavor. Though, feel free to use raw honey for it’s amazing health benefits if you prefer.
Because coconut manna is much higher in fiber than coconut oil, this recipe perfectly resembles a moist, fudgy brownie without the guilt.
We all know coconut is a superfood, but this coconut manna not only has fiber, but protein and healthy fats. According to Nutiva you “can replace cream, cream cheese and butter, you can also use it in smoothies, sauces, dressings, desserts and baked goods.” So super versatile and yummy.
I also included hemp seeds in this recipe. I recently discovered the subtle flavor of hemp seeds and just knew I needed to find another use for them than simply eating them by the spoonful. Though I don’t discourage just eating them by the spoonful! 😉
These little seeds really pack a powerful punch, and are actually a little soft and nutty tasting. Full of healthy fats “the hemp seed is the richest known source of polyunsaturated fats, containing a perfect 3:1 ratio of omega-6 linoleic acid and omega-3 linoleic acid.” This balance of Omega 3 to 6 fats happens to be exactly what we need in our diets.
I’ve found that this recipe stores best at room temperature, but you can also make a big batch up and freeze the extra. Just thaw before eating of course. I can’t recommend the fridge since my brownie bites really dried out in the fridge and were more like cocoa chalk.
- ½ c Nutiva Coconut Manna
- ½ c cocoa powder (organic, fair trade)
- ⅓ c pure organic maple syrup
- 1 T coconut oil (organic, unrefined)
- 3 T Nutiva Hemp Seeds for coating
- ¼ c of one of the following mix-ins (or a mix of several):
- finely chopped nuts
- hemp seeds
- goji berries
- unsweetened organic coconut flakes
- Make sure the coconut manna is completely stirred before using it in your recipe. If the coconut oil has separated to the top, place the jar in hot water for 5-10 minutes to soften, then stir thoroughly once warmed.
- In a bowl stir together the coconut manna, coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup and whatever mix-ins you're using.
- Roll the soft dough into small balls. Roll the balls in the hemp seeds to coat and place in the freezer for a few minutes, just until firm.
- Store at room temperature or freeze the extra for longer storage.
Nutiva provided products for review and recipe development but all opinions are my own.