If you need a late afternoon kick in the butt, these Cacao Nibs Brownie Bites are for you. I have an issue with a word “balls” lately, for example moist balls, let’s stick to bites…
So, this cacao nibs recipe is naturally sweetened and full of a caffeine kick from raw cacao powder and cacao nibs crunch. I just love the crunch, so more brain satisfying than just a smooth snack. Skip metabolism and sleep scrutinizing cup of coffee, and stay away from messing with your brain processed sugars. Have antioxidants rich bite with only 6 g of naturally occurring sugar! And this sugar in combination with fibre will metabolize differently, in a good way.
Have you ever seen or heard of cacao nibs?! You are looking at them above. Cacao nibs are made of pure cacao beans with nothing added – nature’s chocolate chips. Super crunchy with 0 sugar, cacao nibs are an excellent source of antioxidants, iron, magnesium and fibre. In fact, cacao nibs are one of THE most rich in antioxidants foods => superfood. Last month, I picked up a bag and fell in love with a crunch and chocolate taste without added sugar right away. For the longest time, I thought they are too expensive and had no idea what to do with these bitter “chocolate chips”. Now, I add cacao nibs to almost anything sweet and a little goes a long way. Kids love them too! It’s the crunch…
Next superfood that I used in this cacao nibs recipe was cacao powder, which not to be confused with highly processed cocoa powder. To enjoy antioxidants’ benefits, buy only cacao powder.
Unlike many other bites and “balls” recipes using nut butters and honey (maple syrup) as a base, I chose a few ripe bananas and avocado instead. Mashed together they become a base full of naturally occurring sugars and saving a few calories.
I also skipped food processor and blender for the sake of simplicity and texture. I love to use those appliances but I dislike to scrape the dough out of them, wash sticky parts with hard to reach areas, and I like chunkier texture old fashioned mashing and stirring has to offer.
Coatings are optional but oh so good! Cacao powder bites are reminiscent of truffles. And I truly enjoyed those organic long coconut flakes I finally found – their chewy texture can’t compare to short ones. I stopped buying sulphured long shred coconut flakes long ago and was missing them! I often envy unhealthy eaters because many of artificially maintained foods are so pretty and have that desirable crunch, chewiness or a kick. But not the health benefits. Haha, always something, right?!
I like to keep my bites in the freezer and thaw for a few minutes before enjoying. 2 bites are plenty to wake me up and keep energy going for a busy night with family until it’s bed time at 8…9 PM ( the earlier the better LOL). These are totally transportable to work, hike, park etc. Nut free too.
Enjoy this cacao nibs recipe and be healthy!
Cacao Nibs Brownie Bites
- In a medium bowl, add bananas, avocado, coconut oil and vanilla; mash with a masher until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Scoop some dough using small cookie scoop and roll into a golf size ball between the palms of your hands. If desired, spread coatings on plates and roll bites in them. Place in storage container and repeat this step until run out of dough. Enjoy chilled or thawed from a freezer.
Store: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to a few days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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