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Chocolate Brownie Bars

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Brownie BarsMy daughter wanted to cook. My baby wanted to cry. There is always room for compromise.
To keep the little one happy he needed to remain on my hip. To keep the bigger one happy we needed to start straight away.
The cupboards were raided; brownie bars were created. Enjoy!

Chocolate Brownie Bars

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup desiccated coconut

1 cup pitted prunes

1/2 cup raisins

1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa or carob

Place the ingredients into your blender in the order listed, blend until well combined.

Line a mini loaf tin with baking paper over hanging the sides. Press the mixture firmly down. Place in the fridge for several hours before removing from the tin and cutting into squares or bars.

Store in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

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Renee Young May 3, 2013 - 5:14 am

Funnily enough I bought prunes today because I need a a siesta from dates and banana and thought Id try making protein balls with prunes instead of dates…will try this recipe instead!

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Bek May 6, 2013 - 2:47 am

Oh these look delicious! Will make a batch this afternoon.

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Cathy S June 25, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Came across your site yesterday and made these last night. Out of the freezer this morning and they are delish. Having troubles stopping at the one piece!! Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thanx

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bianca June 25, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Thank you Cathy!! I am very pleased that you are enjoying them and I look forward to hearing how you go with the other recipes. Many thanks, Bianca

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Teri Treece June 25, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Thanks for the post. This recipe looks perfect, especially for someone who has to be gluten free. I’ll be giving this a try.

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bianca June 26, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Thank you Terri, I look forward to hearing what you think, we love it. Bianca

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Emma July 3, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Have just made this again with some delightful organic prunes! Can’t even wait for it to set, have had a few pieces already!!

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bianca July 3, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Delicious! Thank you Emma. Enjoy!

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kidsrecipesandorganisedchaos July 19, 2013 - 9:04 pm

I FINALLY made these brownies today, after bookmarking them a long time ago. They were beautiful! I loved the slight sourness from the prunes, and I agree, that it is nice to have a break from dates and coconut! Thanks again for a fabulous recipe 🙂
Marianne

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Belle July 23, 2013 - 3:36 pm

I wonder if you could just roll into bite sized balls & cover with coconut? (Like how you make rum balls)

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bianca July 23, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Absolutely Belle, that would be delicious. Enjoy! Bianca

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Debbie @ Deliciously Inspired August 3, 2013 - 12:16 pm

These look wonderful. Can’t wait to try.

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bianca August 3, 2013 - 7:37 pm

Thank you Debbie, be sure to let me know what you think. Bianca

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Sian August 10, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Hi Bianca, we are new on our “better” eating journey. Have thermomix and ready to go. My little boy has intolerances; one of them is raisins (glutamates). Is there anything I could replace these with?
Thanks so much – very glad we have found you! Sian

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bianca August 10, 2013 - 1:48 pm

I’m glad you found us too Sian, I hope you and your family enjoy our recipes. You can replace the raisins with dates, extra prunes or any dried fruit you have on hand. I hope this helps, I would love to hear how you go. Many thanks, Bianca

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Sian August 11, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Thanks so much Bianca. Will probably try with dates; they seem to be in favour at the moment.
We tried the nut free bliss yesterday. Yum!! My daughter is taking a batch to kindy for her sharing time, and talking about how we made them. She was SO excited. I even convinced her not to have some of those teddy biscuits after swimming (all these places seem to have that sort of thing for sale); and have some bliss balls instead. Bingo!
Thanks very much, Sian

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Natalie August 13, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Two days and two trays of this have disappeared! Everyone has fallen in love with “healthy chocolate” but they don’t know what’s in it! I used dates and they would never usually get the tick of approval esp from my incredibly hard to please coeliac daughter and now I have something to put in the lunchbox that keeps us both happy. But it’s our secret right? 😉 hehe

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bianca August 13, 2013 - 9:24 pm

I love it Natalie, thank you! It is so nice of you to take the time to write, I really appreciate you doing that! My very fussy son also loves these. I am glad that you are all enjoying them, you have reminded me that I need to whip up some more. Many thanks, Bianca

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Leigh-Ann August 25, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Tried this with dates & it was a dry crumbly mix so just added some coconut oil to bind… Hope it works!!!

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Charlotte October 2, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Hi! Sorry to be annoying (I know people ask questions like these ALL the time!!), when you say pumpkin seeds do you just mean pepitas? Thanks, I absolutely LOVE your blog (I admit to having an enormous sweet tooth, and your blog has so many great recipes for sweets!)
Charlotte 🙂

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bianca October 2, 2013 - 9:08 pm

No need to say sorry Charlotte, I am happy to answer your questions. Yes, I mean pepitas. I hope you like them. Bianca

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Angie October 10, 2013 - 10:20 am

has anyone tried cranberries with this instead of raisins? just thought that sounded good & would probably work pretty well

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bianca October 10, 2013 - 10:28 am

I think that would be lovely Angie, especially if you like the tart flavour which I do. I hope you enjoy them. Bianca

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Allison October 14, 2013 - 3:13 pm

In a blender? I can’t imagine that a standard blender would be able to manage this, but I’m sure gonna try!

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bianca October 14, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Hi Allison, it might be a bit much for a standard blender, I would perhaps suggest either a high speed blender or a food processor. Many thanks, Bianca

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Allison October 26, 2013 - 10:20 pm

In the end, I used my blender’s mini-processor to individually blend the seeds and fruits, then spoon-mashed everything together. I think they’re plenty tasty, and my husband has decided he likes them, too! Plus, I’ve just given birth, so I’ve got nutritious, guilt-free snacks on hand!! Definitely will make these again. 🙂

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Ali October 17, 2013 - 7:52 am

Hi Bianca, just found your site the other day – fantastic. Thank you. Just made these for my fussy 2 year old and she LOVES them. We call them a ‘chocolate treat’. We were at the doctor the other day with my baby, and Miss 2 had them in her snack box which we pulled out to keep her ammused during the appointment…she started yelling ‘yummy, chocolate treat’ and I got a few looks from the doctor…felt like justifying myself telling him how good they are for her, but just had a quiet laugh to myself! Thanks again!

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bianca October 19, 2013 - 6:35 am

Love it!! Thanks Ali, I am glad you are enjoying the recipes! Many thanks, Bianca

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Donna October 22, 2013 - 11:01 pm

Hi I made the brownie bits it was very crumbly I didn’t have prunes so used dates & mixed it in a food processer is this the problem or can you help

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bianca October 23, 2013 - 10:34 am

Hi Donne, I suspect you may have simply needed to increase the blending time. I hope that helps. Bianca

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Sarah October 25, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Hi Bianca
I made these this morning & they’re lovely. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! I made a couple of changes – I used dates as I didn’t have any prunes, I left out the raisins but added some coconut oil to help it bind. At first I thought the sunflower seed flavour was a bit overpowering but it just takes a second for the other flavours to come through. My children loved it too! This is the third recipe of yours that I’ve tried (all in the last week!!) & they’ve all been winners!

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bianca November 1, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Thank you so much Sarah! I am glad you liked it. x

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Sarnia Sly October 25, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Wondering what other ingredients you can add as I do not eat raisins, sultanas, dates, prunes etc. 🙂 Looks delicious

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bianca November 1, 2013 - 7:44 pm

Hi Sarnia, is there any dried fruits that you eat?

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Natasha October 25, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Great! Can’t find any dates ANYWHERE at the moment … needed a new ingredient. Perfect timing.

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Cindi October 25, 2013 - 11:05 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! I have made 6 of them in the last 2 days. I have been looking for something like this for so long. I love that I can now give my kids healthy treats that actually taste good! I have been telling all of my friends and it been the topic of all our conversations! Looking forward to making more of your delicious and healthy treats!! Thank you again!

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bianca November 1, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Thank you so much Cindi!! I really appreciate both your lovely message and your support! I am glad you are enjoying the site. Many thanks, Bianca

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angela November 12, 2013 - 4:53 pm

I have a very fussy vegetarian non fruit eater 12 year old daughter…i worry she doesnt get enough of the good stuff..!!! She loves sweet foods….your treats may solve my problems..!!!!
Happy girl ….happy mum …thanks :))

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bianca November 15, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Thank you. xx

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sheridan November 30, 2013 - 12:15 pm

another delicious recipe! I never tire of checking out your page and trying something new, and your recipes never disappoint! I hope you win, I voted for you 🙂

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Ange December 1, 2013 - 2:37 pm

I am scraping out the blender with a spoon and fingers as I type this…
Delicious!!!
I used cranberries instead of raisins and used a piece of baking paper on top to help with pushing the sticky goodness into the tin.
This will be on high rotation. Many many thanks!

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bianca December 2, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Thank you so much Ange! I am glad you like it. Yes the baking paper on top certainly helps, is a sticky one! Thanks again, Bianca

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Lesley March 16, 2014 - 9:38 pm

HI Bianca – I love the sound of all of your recipes…thankyou for sharing! Just wondering if you can help with one of your recipes. I have made your grain free muesli bars twice now and both times they have just crumbled. Can you suggest what I might be doing wrong ?? Thanks Lesley

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Bianca Slade March 18, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Hi Lesley, I am sorry they are not working out for you. I hope you are enjoying the crumbs as a granola! Ok, my first thoughts are that you may need to briefly soak your dried fruity? I would also increase the blending time, make sure you have a sticky paste before adding the other ingredients, then pulse them in quite well but still with texture. Press the mixture firmly into your tray, either using damp hands or baking paper over the top of the mixture. If you like you could also try increasing the amount of fruit used. I hope something in all of that helps. Bianca. x

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Kara May 24, 2014 - 2:07 pm

I wasn’t a big fan of these raw so I rolled them into little balls and baked it at 180degrees C for 12 min. Delicious!

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Jess November 2, 2014 - 5:02 am

I made these last night. I used dates instead of raisins. I also increased the cocoa to 1/4 of a cup and even then I could barely taste the cocoa so I made them into balls and rolled them in more. I also added 1T of honey because they weren’t very sweet, and they needed 1T of water added to make the mixture come together. They taste quite good and I will probably make them again.

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Bianca Slade November 8, 2014 - 7:32 am

Thank you Jess, I am glad they worked out in the end. I hope you find some recipes that you are able to enjoy straight up. x

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Jess November 9, 2014 - 12:29 pm

It wasn’t a complaint, just sharing what worked for me as I find the comments here really helpful. I never follow a recipe exactly; I’m always out of something or short on something else. I love your recipes because they are VERY forgiving and taste great with modifications.

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Bianca Slade November 16, 2014 - 11:09 am

Perfect! Thanks Jess, you sound like me. x

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Catherine December 8, 2014 - 11:00 pm

I made these without the cocoa as I am allergic to it. They were yummy. Thanks for the recipe

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Bianca Slade December 13, 2014 - 11:54 am

Fabulous! Thank you. x

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Tina Nutter April 3, 2015 - 5:24 pm

My daughter asked if I could make her something for afternoon tea (while she was at school) “Something from the books we gave you for Christmas, something we haven’t tried before. Please Mum” I ended up making these – my daughter said they were yummy & sticky!

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Bianca Slade April 7, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Gorgeous!!! I am glad they were enjoyed. x

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