I have a salt tooth – my great loves are olives, capers, and smoked fish. But once in a while, I like a small sweet treat. These no bake brownie bites are simple and delicious, and a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth without reaching for a candy bar. They have a texture that’s a cross between a brownie and a Tootsie Roll – with just a hint of hazelnut flavor that’s reminiscent of Nutella.
Side note on Nutella: how are they allowed to market it as “ hazelnut spread with a hint of cocoa ,” when the sugar content pretty much makes it candy bar in a jar. Don’t get me wrong, it’s completely delicious and I had it for (cheap) breakfast everyday when I was 18 and studying in France – but let’s call it like it is. Vent over. Onwards with the recipe!
3/4 cup raw hazelnuts
1/4 cup raw honey (vegans can use agave nectar)
2/3 cup cacao powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Add the hazelnuts to a food processor and process for 10-15 minutes until they form a nut butter (stop the processor and scrape the side of the processor as needed). After the hazenuts are completely smooth, add the rest of the ingredients and process for another 5 minutes until the mixture forms a dough.
Roll the dough into a large ball and flatten onto a cutting board. Cut the dough into small squares (about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in length and width) and arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the bites for at least 30 minutes. Defrost for 2 minutes before serving.