Do these brownie bites cause the jitters? No. Do these brownies contain java (coffee)? Nope. Do these brownies contain zombies in them? Nada! Well, what the heck then?
I refer to these brownie bites as Jitter Java Zombie Brownie Bites because they are energy giving for those times when you are walking around feeling depleted, like a walking zombie, and needing a little extra bounce in your step. Ever have those days? I sure have. The recipe does contain coffee flavoring, that is where the java comes into play.
So where does the “energy” come from? Raw cacao! Which gives you a high nutrient energy to get or keep you going. Cacao is full of antioxidants and minerals that enhance both physical and mental well-being. The majority of these antioxidants are water-soluble and when the fat is removed from the cacao bean the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scores almost double!
But raw cacao is not going to get all the glory here. Oats! Oats contain the energizing and stress-lowering B vitamin family, which helps transform carbs into usable energy. Oats are also low on the glycemic index because they have a lot of fiber. That means that your body gets a steady stream of energy, as opposed to a short-term spike, because the carbohydrates gradually flow into your bloodstream.
And let’s not forget Medjool dates… they provide “good carbs,” rating low to low/medium on the Glycemic Index (GI). A diet rich in low-GI carbs keeps your blood sugar stable, helping maintain healthy weight and ensuring that you enjoy sustained energy without the crash you can get from snack bars and processed foods.
All of that bundled up in such a small treat! Enjoy!