No bake brownie bites or chocolate energy balls are made from a simple healthy brownie batter coated in chocolate. They are easy to make with just 5 simple ingredients in 5 minutes, the perfect chocolate snack to eat every day or add sprinkles for a party.
No bake brownie bites are made of brownie batter coated in fresh chocolate. Also called chocolate energy balls, making no bake brownie balls is an incredibly easy way to enjoy brownies when you don't have time to bake. Like my peanut butter oatmeal balls, these treats are easy to whip up and stored in your refrigerator or freezer ready to grab and go.
Why You'll Love This
These no bake brownie bites are:
- Made in one bowl and in 15 minutes
- They taste like brownies because of baking soda.
- Made with whole food ingredients.
- High in fiber and magnesium meeting your fiber goals, and feeding your brain.
- Packed with antioxidants and healthy fats
- Easy to make as grab and go snacks and perfect for kid's lunch boxes.
- Ideal snack for all diets, including vegan, gluten-free, free and refined sugar free.
1. Flour. I used oat flour for the fiber and protein, but you can use all-purpose flour, just be sure to heat treat it first - microwave a bowl for 2 minutes.
2. Brown sugar. I use coconut palm sugar because it carries more nutrition than ordinary brown sugar but either is fine.
3. Chocolate chips. I use quality chocolate chips with about 60% or higher cacao and a sweetener in the ingredients such as HU or Enjoylife.
4. Apple sauce. Important to add to achieve the same brownie batter texture you get with baked brownies.
5. Butter. This fat is essential for the brownie batter texture. Melt before use.
6. Baking soda. Essential to achieve the authentic brownie batter flavor.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Oat Flour - You can replace oat flour with all purpose flour but you will have to heat treat all purpose flour to avoid possibly bacteria. To heat treat, microwave the flour in a bowl for 2 minute or spread the flour on a cookie sheet, and bake it for 5 minutes at 375 F. Most alternate flours such as oat flour do not carry the same contamination risk and thus can safely be eaten raw.
Dark Chocolate - You can replace chocolate chips with a dark chocolate bar, 70% cacao and up, broken into pieces and melted.
Apple sauce - I have made this recipe many times with both apple sauce and aquafaba, the liquid out of a chickpea can. The brownie texture is best with aquafaba but I put apple sauce as the first choice as it is more common.
Butter. You can use peanut butter or any nut butter instead.
Step by Step Instructions
For more detail, visit the complete recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps.
1. Prepare ingredients. Measure your apple sauce. Microwave your butter in 10 second increments to melt it out. And line a baking pan with parchment paper.
2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 60 seconds and stir until all chunks or chips are melted.
3. Make Batter. Put the melted butter, melted chocolate, and apple sauce into a 2-cup pyrex glass measuring cup and microwave for 1 minute. Stir it up until creamy. Add it to a bowl full of your flour and sugar and baking soda. Mix it all up with a hand mixer or a spoon. It will be a bit like a brownie batter.
4. Make Bites. If batter is too sticky to scoop, you can chill for ten minutes in the refrigerator. Use a 1-tablespoon or 2-tablespoon scoop and make round balls.
5. Rolling Bites. After dolloping scoops, I find they are gloppy at first, but turn crustier and easier to roll if I wait a few minutes first. Coat your hands with cocoa powder to make the brownie balls easier to roll. Gently roll each into a round ball with clean hands.
6. Coat the Bites. Add 1 cup of chocolate chips in a pyrex measuring cup and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Melt the mixture in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir until all chips are melted. If need be, microwave again for 15 seconds.
7. Dip the Bites. I use a candy dipper but you can use two forks. Sit one ball on one fork. Lower it into the melted chocolate until submerged. Lift it and let it drain. Lower the coated ball on to a parchment paper. And use the other fork to push it off gently.
8. Set Bites. While the ball is still wet, sprinkle any toppings that you want to stick to the top of the freshly dipped bites. When you feel the coating is solid enough to touch, set the bites unsealed in a dry place to set at room temperature until ready to eat.
How to Store
Don't refrigerate once coated or the chocolate will lose its shine. You can however refrigerate uncoated bites for up to two weeks. After that, freeze uncoated bites for up to three months.
1.Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. If you melt the butter in the microwave, and that is close enough to room temperature.
2. If your batter seems too moist to roll, chill the batter for up to 30 minutes. Also coat your hands with cocoa powder to make it easier to roll the bites.
3. Setting Bites. While the bite is still wet, sprinkle any toppings that you want to stick to the top of the freshly dipped bites. When you feel the coating is solid enough to touch, set the bites unsealed in a dry place to set at room temperature until ready to eat.
No, the ingredients are not supportive of high temperatures. If you want a baked brownie try my gluten-free brownies, my oreo brownies and my cauliflower brownies.
Brownie batter made with eggs and flour cannot be eaten raw because bacteria might be present. However this recipe does not include raw flour and eggs and is perfectly safe to eat.
Brownie balls can be coated in chocolate and sprinkled with many things including powdered peanut butter, cocoa powder, sprinkles and more.
More Ball & Truffle Recipes
- chocolate praline truffles
- chocolate black pepper truffles
- chocolate coconut balls
- chocolate sugar cookie truffles
- peanut butter oatmeal balls
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No Bake Brownie Bites (chocolate energy balls)
- Make sure apple sauce is at room temperature
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Melt the chocolate for the balls in the microwave for one minute and stir until all melted. (not the chocolate for the coating)
- Soften butter in microwave for 10 seconds.
- Put the melted butter, melted chocolate, apple sauce into a large bowl and stir until combined.1 cup chocolate chips, 3 tablespoon butter, 4 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce
- Add in the flour and sugar and baking soda.1 cup oat flour, 1 cup brown sugar, ⅛ teaspoon baking soda, pinch of salt
- Mix it up with a mixer or a spoon. It will be a bit like a brownie batter.
- If the batter is too sticky to scoop, wait up to ten minutes. If you still can't roll batter, chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Don't add more flour.
- Scoop the batter with a small scoop, about 1 tbsp, and line them up on the pan. Wait until rolls stiffen (2-5 minutes) and then roll each with clean hands to smooth the shape and surface.
Coat the balls
- Add 1 cup of chocolate chips in a pyrex measuring cup and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.1 cup chocolate chips, 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- Melt in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir until all chips are melted. If need be, microwave again for 15 seconds.
Dip the balls
- Use two forks to lower each bite into the melted chocolate until submerged. Lift it and let it drain. Lower the coated bite on to a parchment paper. And use the other fork to push it off gently.
Chill & Store
- While truffle is still wet, sprinkle any toppings that you want to stick to the top of the freshly dipped brownie bites. Allow to set at room temperature.
- Store bites uncovered at room temperature for 1-2 days. Or freeze uncoated with chocolate up to three months.
These bites should not be refrigerated once coated or the chocolate will lose its shine. You can however refrigerate uncoated bites for up to two weeks. After that, freeze uncoated bites for up to three months.