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No-Bake Fudge Brownie Bites (Grain free, Sugar free, Dairy Free)

No Bake Fudge Brownie Bites

There are a lot of renditions of bean-based desserts out there (btw if you think beans are a weird “dessert” ingredient, I challenge you to consider the 2 most popular dessert flavors-hint one starts with a “V” and the other starts with a “C“–now think about the origin of both of these flavors? Point made.)–I adapted my version from several others based on what I had on hand and ingredients I like!

These are no-bake and contain no potentially hazardous unbaked ingredients, so perfectly safe to eat the “batter” out of the bowl (and I did). It does require refrigeration to firm up and will keep several days refrigerated and even longer frozen.

No flour, no sugar, and no artificial ingredients–and yet, they are as tasty as they look (as evidenced by the fact that there is apparently an

attempted bite-mark-cover-up on that closest piece….).

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

5.0 from 2 reviews

No-Bake Fudge Brownie Bites (Grain free, Sugar free, Dairy Free)
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Delicious no-bake fudgey dessert, healthy and quick! GAPS friendly
Recipe type: No-Bake Fudge Brownie Bites
Cuisine: Snack/Dessert
Serves: 16

  • 1 cup Dried Navy Beans (soaked overnight, cooked and cooled)
  • 1½ cup Dried Coconut
  • 1 Overripe Banana (super overripe!)
  • 3 Squares Unsweetened Baking Chocolate, melted
  • 10 Drops Stevia
  • 1 T Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt

  1. Toast the coconut at 350 for about 15 minutes until it starts to brown (and smell toasty!)
  2. Place in food processor and blend until you get a smooth coconut butter (you may have to stop and scrape the sides several times–it’s worth it!)
  3. Add remaining ingredients and enough of the cooked beans to make a smooth batter.
  4. Sweeten to taste (add a bit of honey if preferred–mine were plenty sweet with just the banana and stevia)
  5. Spread into an 8×8 pan.
  6. Cut into squares.
  7. Devour.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 172 Fat: 4.2 Carbohydrates: 26 Sugar: 2 Sodium: 5 Fiber: 7 Protein: 9.5

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36 Thoughts on “No-Bake Fudge Brownie Bites (Grain free, Sugar free, Dairy Free)

  1. Looks delicious and it’s as healthy as it gets. Wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Tasha on March 31, 2013 at 9:39 pm said:

    Does this have a strong banana flavor? (not a huge banana fan). Is it used as a sweetener or as an oil substitute to make it moist? (just wondering about avocado instead if it woudn’t ruin it).

    • Good question-I can’t say for sure, but you could probably get by without the banana–the coconut & beans are what is giving it a fudgy texture (not a fat sub for sure–the coconut is high enough in fat). I have it in there for sweetening purposes only, so you could try leaving out or subbing an avocado, but may want to increase the sweetener you use (maybe a few more drops of stevia or some honey). Let me know if you try it!
      (I didn’t think it had a profound banana flavor, but if you don’t like bananas, I’d leave it out.)

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  3. This looks good! I’ve never tried anything like this before but I might since it’s much healthier than regular fudge :)

  4. Becca on April 2, 2013 at 9:27 am said:

    Oh my that looks delish! And sounds so healthy, too! Going to pin this. :) Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble!

  5. These brownies sound super healthy. Thanks for sharing with Simple Supper Tuesday

  6. These look fantastic! In fact it makes me want to dig into the dark chocolate bar I have hiding in the cupboard…

    I’ve made brownies with black beans before, but I usually have to keep that fact a secret from my friends’ husbands. There seems to be a mental aversion to bean-based desserts, unfortunately….

  7. That is a very interesting recipe, very healthy compared to the alternative. Never expected it to be made of navy beans! Pinned so I can have a go at it. Thanks :)

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  8. Wow I would have never thought to try no-bake brownies! These sound great.

    Thank you so much for sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  9. Those sound yummy!!!! Thank you for linking up at the Pinterest Power Party!!


  10. I am going to have to give these a try!! I know our readers would love to see this post. We’d love for you to join us at our weekly All Things Thursday Link Up Party at Hope to see you there!

  11. I am so going to try this!

  12. Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm on April 5, 2013 at 11:46 am said:

    I never would have guessed that beans are in this pretty dessert! I am totally making this. Thanks for participating in Foodie Friday!

  13. Jackie on April 6, 2013 at 10:04 am said:

    I found you from Marvelous Mondays link party. I would love if you would share at my Tried and True Recipe party:

  14. These have to be the healthiest brownies I’ve ever seen. really interesting about the beans. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on foodie friday.

  15. Wow, looks awesome. and if you switched the stevia to honey it could even qualify for the GAPS diet.
    Thanks for sharing at Wildcrafting Wednesday.

    • Actually Dr. NCM ok’d stevia–not in the book, but it’s one of those “in betweeny” foods she addressed in her FAQ ( I can’t remember the exact wording, but I think she said to try it after intro & use if desired, but didn’t particularly encourage it. Since it isn’t chemical based and doesn’t contribute any actual sugar, I can’t see how it would be problematic in terms of gut healing (provided using a natural source ie-not “truvia”). That being said, you can definitely sub honey and I’m sure they’d be great!

  16. huh. these look interesting. :) and tasty!

    ….also, i’ll still eat the batter out of the bowl. with or without eggs. haha… that being said, the eggs i buy are from a local farm where the chickens eat grass and worms and bugs. no battery cages. no confined spaces. and harvested by hand by the woman who takes my 6$ every week. batter all around!

    Thank you for sharing with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! I hope to see you again this week with more seasonal & real food posts. Thanks! xo, kristy

  17. What a healthy recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it at Whole Food Fridays! :)

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  19. A little too involved for me, but it sounds absolutely delicious and definitely healthy. Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday!

    • No problem–yep they definitely are more complicated than a box mix, but if you factor in baking time, they actually take less time. I think it took me about 20 minutes total to make them :-)

  20. This is on my immediate to make list! WOW! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Really looking forward to seeing what you bring to the party this week! It starts Thursday evening!

    Cindy from

  21. I would love for you to share this on my Meatless Monday link up. This recipe will work perfectly for my 2 little ones who have PKU and a restricted diet. Thanks for sharing!

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