Many years ago, Enjoy Life shared a recipe with us for “vegan no bake brownies”. I recently made the recipe so that I could add photos to this post. But what I discovered wasn’t really no bake brownies, but rather chunky-style, super-seedy brownie fudge bites. It’s a delicious hybrid snack-like treat that is much denser than brownies, but a little healthier and less sweet than fudge.
The original Enjoy Life recipe had a yield of 12 full-sized brownies. But let me tell you, that’s a lot of intense chocolate and seeds to eat in one sitting! I cut them into 36 brownie fudge bites, but 24 would work, too. And though I’m not usually a fan of “chunky” fudge, the sunflower seeds in this nut-free, dairy-free treat really do work. Enjoy Life had stated to “chop” the sunflower seeds. I’m not sure if they really meant to grind them, based on the description. But I took the middle ground, pulsing them to get a mix of fine and coarse bits. We thought they were delicious this way.
Finally, I did bump up the sweetener to 3/4 cup. They used 2/3 cup, which was just a wee bit too bitter for my taste buds. That little extra nudge of sweetener cut the cocoa powder bitterness right off, especially when the brownie fudge bites were allowed to rest in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Special Diet Notes: No-Bake Brownie Fudge Bites
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, vegetarian, and top food allergy-friendly.
- Place the sunflower seeds in a spice grinder or food processor and pulse 5 to 7 times, or until chopped with both fine and coarse pieces.
- Place the chocolate chips and oil in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave on HIGH for 1 minutes. Whisk vigorously. If not fully melted, microwave 15 seconds more and whisk vigorously.
- Add the cocoa powder, sweetener, sunflower seed butter, vanilla and salt to the chocolate and stir to combine. Add the sunflower seeds and stir to combine. It should be rather thick.
- Line an 8x8-inch dish with wax paper or parchment paper. Add the chocolate mixture and even it out. If it's too sticky, refrigerate for 10 minutes, remove and then pat it down until even.
- Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until set.
- Remove the brownie fudge using the sides of the wax paper and invert onto a cutting board. Peel off the paper and cut into squares. I cut them quite small since they're very rich.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Note that the flavor will meld and mellow a bit when allowed to chill for at least a few hours.