Gluten-Free Black Forest Raw Brownie Bites

I don’t know much about raw foods, so when my friend Brittany at Real Sustenance put together this blog event, I wasn’t sure it made sense for me to join—until I thought about all of those Pure Organic Bars we eat. It’s one of the few gluten-free bars that Isaiah (and I) like. Our favorite flavor: Chocolate Brownie, of course.



I wanted to figure out how to make a homemade version that we could keep on hand. I made a couple of versions until I got to the one that tasted most like the Pure bars. Then, I added in dried cherries. Then, I got a bit fancy and thought I’d make chocolates. So, I dipped squares of the raw brownies in melted chocolate. Truth is, when you’re eating raw, there are guidelines as to how to melt the chocolate so you don’t go past a certain temperature. These are things I still need to learn.

Raw or not, these brownie bites are so rich, yet healthy. There’s no sugar. Just raw nuts, dried fruits and cocoa. Who knew simple could be so satisfying?

Want more raw recipes? Here’s the complete list of all of the contributing bloggers who are dreaming up recipes for the entire month of April!


Gluten-Free Black Forest Raw Brownie Bites


½ cup raw almonds

¼ cup raw cashews

1½ cups packed dates, such as Deglet Noor, pitted

½ cup dried cherries, plus more for sprinkling

½ cup cocoa powder

1 cup raw walnuts

¼ cup agave nectar, maple syrup or honey

8 ounces raw chocolate

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Sea salt, optional


  1. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. In a food processor, pulse together the almonds and cashews until finely ground. Add the dates, cherries, cocoa powder, walnuts and agave; pulse until the mixture just starts to come together. Press into the prepared pan and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. In a double boiler, melt together three-quarters of the chocolate with the oil. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining chocolate until melted; let cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, cut the brownies into squares and submerge in the chocolate mixture to coat, letting any extra drip off the sides; place on a baking sheet and let set. Sprinkle with some chopped cherries and salt, if using.


  1. Silvana,
    I, like you, was uncertain as to my place in April in the Raw; also like you, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that we do eat quite a few things that are “raw” foods. I’ve just always considered them to be peculiar concoctions that were healthy & delicious time-savers – it is by compelte accident that many of them are “legally” raw.

    I have a lot to learn about raw eating, but you, I’m not so sure about. These brownie bites are absolutely gorgeous and look so decadent! Almost too pretty to eat!

    Thanks for sharing your talents with the rest of us!

  2. Well I tried the Cinnamon Pancakes and they were a hit! These brownie bites sound wonderful! Can’t wait to make them. I have been told to eat more raw this may be all the motivation I need to investigate further. Love your book “Cooking for Isaiah” and I am thrilled to have found your website!

  3. Makes me want to go raw right this minute! Those would fit the bill for so many events, no gluten, no animal products, no refined sugar and chocolate, yum.
    And no real clean up either, just a food processor. even better

  4. These look phenomenal! I can’t wait to make them. Terrific contribution to April in the Raw!

  5. Silvana, I like that those of us who weren’t so sure about the event and participate anyway really went outside our comfort zones to put together some amazing raw food to share. Who knew there was more to raw foods than salads and carrot sticks? Thanks for taking that step outside and creating something wonderful for the gf community. 🙂

  6. Oh my goodness. These look and sound amazing! I loved the brownie PURE bar too. Soooo good. A little bit sinful even! I love treats like this.

  7. These look fantastic! I love that you made black forest raw!

  8. These look amazing! I still have no idea what I’m going to come up with for my Raw post, but I’ve got some amazing recipes to live up to!

  9. WOW! These sound amazing!! I am so glad I found your site! Love finding fellow gluten-free bloggers 🙂

  10. I’m becoming more and more familiar with the raw diet, but I think my first little steps were with things like these – because who doesn’t love indulgent little dessert bites? These sound delicious.