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Superfood Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

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Well friends, we're at it again. Making little balls of energizing deliciousness.

Except this time, we're not going in the cookie-flavored direction. Nope, today we're talking chocolate brownie energy bites. They're rich, fudgy, nutty, chocolatey and sweet. Basically everything that I adore about a good brownies. Except hey, these are actually good for you!

I've packed these little balls FULL of superfoods, so with each bite you'll get all the flavor of a brownie with all the nutrients of these superfoods.

Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites made gluten-free & vegan PLUS with loads of other superfoods | simplyquinoa.com

What is a superfood?

You often hear that this food or that food is a superfood, but what does that really mean? Does it mean that if we eat it we're going to have superpowers? Well…not exactly, but close!

Essentially, a superfood is a food with a highly-concentrated amount of nutrients that has health-promoting properties and is especially good for your healthy and well-being. Think things that are super high in antioxidants, trace minerals and other properties that are hard to find in your regular, everyday diet.

There are a bunch different lists of the world's superfoods, but my feeling is that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of these “superfoods” in the world and it's better to take all those lists you've found and combined them rather than just listening to one source of information.

For this recipe, I chose to go in the superfood powder direction. The base of these energy bites is my normal recipe – a mixture of dates, nuts and quinoa – but this time I've included three of my favorite superfood powders to give these babies an extra kick. Maca, spirulina and cocoa.

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These are three superfoods that I eat on an almost daily basis. Whether it's in a smoothie, my oatmeal or these brownie energy bites, I really love the benefits they have on my mood and energy. Plus, they're actually quite tasty (although spirulina might take you a little while to get used to).

Here's a little run down on each powder:

1. Maca

Maca is a plant found in the high altitudes of Peru and Bolivia, used by indigenous Andean societies for its superfood qualities. Maca powder is made from the root of the plant and is known to nourish the body’s endocrine system and help us cope with stress. Maca also energizes naturally, without the side effects that you get from caffeine. Additionally, maca is well know for regulating hormone balance, increasing fertility and is even believed to be a strong aphrodisiac.

2. Spirulina

 Spirulina is a blue-green algae that's found in pristine freshwater lakes, ponds and rivers. Spirulina is a superfood in every sense of the word – it's packed with vitamins and minerals, helps almost every organ in our body AND it's high in protein. In fact, gram for gram, spirulina has more protein that beef, poultry, fish and soy beans. It also has 4x the antioxidants of blueberries. Spirulina's main benefits are that it helps with eye and gut health, strengthens the immune system and  helps the body detoxify.

3. Raw Cacao

Raw cacao powder (yes, the stuff we use to make chocolate) is one of the world’s richest sources of antioxidants and most powerful superfoods. Cacao is very high in essential nutrients like magnesium, B vitamins and iron. It has been used to support heart health, lower the blood pressure, improve circulation and even suppress the appetite. Finally, as if we needed another reason to love chocolate, cacao is also a concentrated form of dietary fiber.

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So yes, I've packaged up these little superfoods and put them into these tasty treats. So I like to think of these chocolate brownie energy bites as more than just energy bites, these are little balls that will help you look and feel your best.

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Superfood Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites

I've packed these little balls FULL of superfoods, so with each bite you'll get all the flavor of a brownie with all the nutrients of these superfoods.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword brownie, chocolate, energy bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Feeze 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24 Bites
Calories 81 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add walnuts to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the nuts are chopped into a coarse meal. Add dates, quinoa and powders and process again until combined.
  2. With the food processor running, add the syrup and coconut oil and let run until a dough begins to form.
  3. Remove lid and roll dough into 1" balls. Place balls on a plate or tray and freeze for 1 hour. Transfer to an airtight container for storing.
  4. Store in the freezer for up to two months.
Nutrition Facts
Superfood Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 119mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Hi Alyssa…love the look of this Recipe…am looking to buy a food processor…would I need one with a DOUGH BLADE to make this recipe? Thanx!

  2. Hi Alyssa
    I’ve been following your youtube channel for a while now and have tried out some of the recipes with extremely good results, but this recipe has topped all! I’ve changed up a few things, not because I wanted to mess with perfection, but simply because I didn’t have all the ingredients in my cupboard. I changed the quinoa (I know this is complete sacrilege!) for oats and I didn’t have any coconut oil, so I added a few apricots(6) to help bind the mixture and it completely worked! I only had to use 3 dessert spoons of maple syrup, and although my hands looked a bit of a mess as I rolled the balls, I froze them as you said and, OMG, never will I ever have to suffer a chocolate craving again! And I’ve learnt how to use spirulina and maca powder to boot! Win Win Win 🙂 Thank you so much for the recipe!

  3. I’m wondering how much quinoa flour to use if it’s already ground into flour? I’m thinking if you take 1/3 cup of quinoa and grind it into flour, you end up with more like 1/4 cup flour. Anybody know if that’s accurate? Thank you! Can’t wait to try these!

    • Just made these and they are GREAT!! I used 1/4 cup toasted quinoa flour. I omitted the spirulina, since I don’t have that. I rolled them in three different things: shredded coconut, chopped nuts, and cocoa powder. My kids and I all agree that these are winners!!

  4. Alyssa,
    Very interesting, I’ve learned something new today about some of the powders I see floating around the internet.
    Thanks!

  5. these sound incredible – I am using more walnuts lately, having just rediscovered them, really. I have everything to make these now, if you can believe it! 🙂

  6. With the spiraling you say we might have to get used to, is it the flavor, texture or does it make your stomach feel funny? Can you please elaborate? I would like to make them this weekend

    • I also wasn’t a fan of dates, but you don’t taste them here at all because of the cacao, just sweetness, which is not too strong. I have done this in many recipes. If you aren’t convinced you can use prunes.

  7. Due to corn allergy Maca is not something I will be adding – is there something else to use instead? Or can I simply not put in?

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