All Natural Dessert Recipe – Brownie Balls

Brownie Balls

Yep. I’m not gonna lie. I wasn’t sure of a good title for this quick, easy, all natural, and delicious dessert recipe, so I settled on Brownie Balls, because that’s what I think they taste like.

The next time you want a quick and easy, all natural dessert recipe, I encourage you to give these a try.


  • 1 cup raw nuts (I like to use half a cup of almonds, 1/4 cup pecans, and 1/4 cup of walnuts. Use any combination you prefer).
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I use a heaping 1/4 cup because, well, I really like chocolate.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • water


  • Put the raw nuts and raisins in a food processor. Blend on high until the nuts and raisins are chopped and incorporated.
  • Add in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract and blend/pulse until the nuts are finely chopped and all of the ingredients have combined.
  • You want to be able to form the mixture into balls without crumbling apart, so I usually add in a teaspoon of water. This allows the mixture to bind together. Add very little water and only add more as needed.
  • You just want the balls to hold their shape, but not be wet.
  • Once you’ve attained the proper consistency, divide the mixture and form them into little brownie balls.
  • I prefer to put them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

That’s it. Super quick and easy.

You can also substitute some of the ingredients. For example, I’ve used dates instead of raisins, and I’ve experimented with different nuts as well. Oh, and unsweetened coconut makes a great addition, too. You’re only limited by your imagination and taste preferences.

Want Some More Recipes?

Here are some of my other favorite recipes:

High Protein Cheesecake Bowl

Easy Egg Casserole (I eat this every Wednesday night)

Pumpkin Protein Pudding

Meatza & Fajita Bowl (absolutely, positively, not vegetarian friendly!)

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  • Sabrina Marthaler

    Would these fare well in the freezer? I’d like to make up a big mess o’ something but don’t want to use willpower to avoiding eating it ALL AT ONCE.

    • Nia Shanks

      They’ve never made it to the freezer in my home.  ;)  I would think they’d last for a while in freezer because I’ve stored nuts in the freezer for months.

  • Gordon Wayne Watts

    Well, you must have pulled out Ockham’s Razor to cut this one down to size, since you abide by the maxim: Simpler is better & “Less is More.”
    (-: But, I might have added protein powder, sugar, & several forms of healthy fat, such as olive, coconut, & flax seed oils -and thrown in cashews to boot. :D)

  • Sjcd

    I just made them….YUMMY!  I rolled about hvae of them in unsweetened coconut, delish!  Thank you for sharing. :) 

    • Sjcd

      Oops I meant *half

    • Nia Shanks

      Awesome! Glad you liked ‘em!

  • Amy_melia

    Just made these, now to try and resist eating them all! I added coconut into the mix. Very yummy!

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  • K Stap84

    These are so delicious! I added 1/4 cup dessicated coconut. MmmmmmyuYuMmmmm

  • Colin

    thanks for the recipe, I used dried apricots as I didn’t have any raisins, turned out great……

  • kimmychoo

    They last really well in the freezer!