No-Bake Brownie Fudge Bites


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.

No-Bake Brownie Fudge Bites Recipe - allergy-friendly, gluten-free & vegan optional!What are those adorable little slabs I’ve served my brownie fudge bites on? Color Lab Trivets from Revol Porcelaine

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.

No-Bake Brownie Fudge Bites Recipe - allergy-friendly, gluten-free & vegan optional!This post is sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods, but the photos, adaptations and notes are my own. Plus, I’ll happily make brownie fudge bites with their dairy-free chocolate chips any day!

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.

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No-Bake Brownie Fudge Bites
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This recipe uses a lot of cocoa powder, and since it isn't baked, overly bitter cocoa powder can overwhelm the flavor. For best results, use either a Dutch-process or mild natural cocoa powder. Also, please note that the Prep time for this recipe does not include refrigeration.
Serves: 24 to 36 brownie fudge bites
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until set.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
*You can use rice bran, grapeseed, or other neutral-tasting oil instead of the coconut oil. This will make the brownie fudge bites quite a bit softer.
No-Bake Brownie Fudge Bites Recipe - allergy-friendly, gluten-free & vegan optional!

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  3. We can’t get any kind of substitute butter where we live – is there anything else that can be used instead of the sunflower butter? I really like the look of these and would be perfect as one of us has a dairy allergy, the other has a nut allergy!

    • Hi Lou, you can make your own! Simply grind some seeds or nuts in a food processor (I actually use a $10 spice grinder instead) until they begin to release some oils. If too thick, add just a touch of oil to get the butter to smooth out. Coconut cream (the very thick part from coconut milk) may also work, but will produce softer results.

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