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Jitter Java Zombie Brownie Bites (raw, GF, vegan)

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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!

Ingredients: yields 36

  • 1 1/4 cup rolled, gluten-free oats, soaked and dehydrated
  • 1 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 6 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup dried figs
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter, softened
  • 1 tsp coffee extract


  1. Be sure to use dry oats in this recipe, otherwise the wet oats will add to much moisture to the batter.
  2. In a food processor process the oats, almond flour, cacao powder and salt until no large pieces remain.  Place in a bowl.  Then mix in the cacao nibs.
  3. In the same food processor bowl combine the dates, water, figs, coconut butter and coffee extract.   Process until  the mixture is mostly smooth.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the food processor and process until thoroughly combined.  The batter will stick together in a large ball.
  5. Line a bakin pan or cookie sheet with plastic wrap  and press the mixture evenly into the pan.  I used the lip of my pan as my guide, which was 3/4″ high.
  6. Place in the fridge or freezer to chill.
  7. Remove and cut into small squares.  Coat with the cacao powder and enjoy!
  8. These should last a week on the counter or longer in the fridge or freezer.

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4 thoughts on “Jitter Java Zombie Brownie Bites (raw, GF, vegan)

  1. Debbi says:

    Just curious why you soak and dehydrate rolled oats? They are not raw and they are already dried…so why do that step? Can you use sproutable oats? Sprout them, and dry them, so that this is raw?

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Debbi,

      I use raw oats whenever possible. I have to order them since I can never locate them locally. So yes you can use sproutable oats. Regardless, I always soak my oats to help remove any phytic acid. I find them much easier to digest. amie sue

  2. Lisa says:

    I was wondering if there was anything I could substitute for the coffee flavouring or if leaving it out would make a difference. I am one of those people that simply detests the taste or smell of coffee but these look so good.

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