No-Bake Vegan & GF Peanut Butter Brownie Bites | picklesnhoney.com

Gluten-Free No-Bake Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

No-Bake Vegan & GF Peanut Butter Brownie Bites | picklesnhoney.com

Rich. Chocolate-y. No bake. 7-ingredients (including salt!). Extra chewy. Peanut buttery.

These simple vegan brownies are for all of my fellow chocolate and peanut lovers out there. We’re doing a 180 from the classic frosted vegan sugar cookies I posted earlier this week—this time showing that whole food, refined sugar-free, vegan AND gluten-free dessert can still be decadent and satisfying.

No-Bake Vegan & GF Peanut Butter Brownie Bites | picklesnhoney.com

No-Bake Vegan & GF Peanut Butter Brownie Bites | picklesnhoney.com

I have a few brownie recipes already, but I’ve been wanting to do a no bake spin ever since I made peanut butter a while back and accidentally used too much cacao powder in one test run, resulting in a mistake that ended up more like a mix between a brownie and a cookie…so, it was a pretty awesome mistake to make.

I added some gluten-free rolled oats and medjool dates this time around, and again, it’s sort of like brownies meets cookie dough meets fudge (!!!). We’re going with calling these brownies because the chocolate flavor is over the top and the best brownies are fudgy. Yessss.

No-Bake Vegan & GF Peanut Butter Brownie Bites | picklesnhoney.com

I’m loving this new (and affordable!) brand of raw cacao I found online, and then of course the dark chocolate I added as a topping along with the chopped roasted peanuts. Straight out of the freezer is how I like these best because the texture reminds me of tootsie rolls and I just can’t get enough of the chew.

Instead of using pre-made peanut butter, I used whole peanuts that take a 5 minute spin in the food processor. These brownies have that crave-worthy peanut butter and chocolate combo at their core. Of course they’d be great for Valentine’s Day, but really—when are brownies not great?

No-Bake Vegan & GF Peanut Butter Brownie Bites | picklesnhoney.com

We’re expecting another foot and a half of snow in Boston this weekend, which is honestly straight-up insanity at this point (worst. winter. ever.). Please send positive thoughts and pet-safe ice melt, and if you make these no bake peanut butter brownies, we’d love to hear about them! Take a photo and tag it #picklesnhoney on Instagram so we can see! Assuming we don’t lose power/internet (not the internets!) you’ll most definitely make our snowy day.

No-Bake Vegan & GF Peanut Butter Brownie Bites | picklesnhoney.com

P.S. We are LOVING your positive feedback on our double dark chocolate chickpea dip! I was a liiiittttle nervous that I might hear radio silence after that recipe, but you guys get me, you really do. I have fun things planned for that one. Stay tuned!

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Gluten-Free No-Bake Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

No-Bake Vegan & GF Peanut Butter Brownie Bites | picklesnhoney.com

Gluten-Free No-Bake Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: one 4" x 8" dish, or about 12 brownies


Prep Time: 35 mins

Rich. Chocolate-y. Extra chewy and peanut buttery. These simple vegan & gluten-free brownies are wholesome yet decadent.

No-Bake Vegan & GF Peanut Butter Brownie Bites | picklesnhoney.com

Gluten-Free No-Bake Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

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Ingredients

For the brownie bites:

  • 2/3 cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1 cup soft pitted medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

For the toping:

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped vegan dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped dry roasted peanuts

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: one 4" x 8" dish, or about 12 brownies

Prep Time: 35 mins

Rich. Chocolate-y. Extra chewy and peanut buttery. These simple vegan & gluten-free brownies are wholesome yet decadent.

Instructions

  • To make the brownies, place the peanuts in a food processor and process until fine and crumbly (about 30 seconds).
  • Add the pitted medjool dates, oats, cacao powder, vanilla, and salt, and process until the mixture is sticky and begins to form a ball on the blade (about 5 minutes, depending on your processor). You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl here and there to get it going. If the mixture is too dry, add 1-2 more pitted dates until a sticky dough forms.
  • Using a spatula, press the brownie mixture into a 4" x 8" pan lined with plastic wrap (this allows you to lift the brownies from the pan for easy cutting). Sprinkle on the chopped chocolate and peanuts and using a spatula, press them on top of the brownie layer to help them stick. Freeze for at least 30 minutes, then remove the brownies from the pan and cut them into bite-sized pieces. A little goes a long way!
  • Store leftover brownie bites in a container in the freezer or fridge.

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  1. Chewy, chocolate, you have me drooling! So perfect!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Rebecca! Chewy + chocolatey is such a good combo.

  2. These looks so delicious, like all your posts. I bought some raw cacao yesterday and like most things in my life it is sitting in my cooking cubby until I get to it. I sort of have to be “in the mood” to cook, just like writing a letter. Thank goodness I’m never short on inspiration!

    I don’t even know how to spin a positive on your snow situation but will be thinking of you. We live in Ontario (right near Buffalo) and my husband plows snow. He’s had a few break downs and I feel so bad for him. His boss is in a peer group and one of the members is from Boston. According to him, it’s horror. Even for snow professionals. Ha,ha.

    1. Amanda says

      You are so sweet, Kellie! Thank you. <3

      I feel for the snow plow guys. They're working all hours and running out of room to put the snow. We now regularly have tractors on our street to lift it into giant banks in the park. So many streets are barely passable because of on-street parking, which means they can't properly plow to clear the roads. It's a headache for sure.

  3. Haha not the internets!! These look so crazy fudgy woman! Holy cow! Love your method, will have to give these a try sometime soon. Sugar cookies + brownies in the same week = a good week. Hope you and your man have a great weekend!!

    1. Amanda says

      It’s so true about not having internet! We lost power for a little bit last week and I had no idea what to do with myself. Sidenote: time to get some non-internet-dependent hobbies.
      It’s been a good week on the dessert front over here for sure. Enjoy your no-bake cookies + action movie v-day tradition!

  4. These brownies look incredible Amanda! Just so dense, rich, fudg-y and delicious.. how I like ’em!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Thalia! They’re really rich. Just a small square does the trick!

  5. Caitlin says

    i have been thinking about these brownies all week.

    1. Amanda says

      A girl after my own heart. <3 I think you need some brownies stat!

  6. Sanne says

    Ah, this sounds delicious! And so easy! Yum!
    I will save the recipe for later :).
    I do have one question: what is the difference between cocoa powder and cacao powder? I have seen this often, but I never know what it means :).

    1. Amanda says

      Awesome! I hope you love the recipe! As far as cocoa versus cacao, this article explains it well, but basically cacao is raw and nutritionally superior (lots of antioxidants and alkalinizing). I also prefer the flavor. 🙂

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