Fudgey Brownie Bites, Gluten- and Sugar-free + A NuNaturals Giveaway

GF & Sugar-free Fudgey Brownie Bites An Unrefined Vegan

I always look forward to hosting NuNaturals giveaways not only because I love their products so much – but also because they’ve been so generous with me and my readers.  They love sharing their products with their fans!

Today’s recipe features a new NuNaturals product called Cocoa Syrup and my friends, it is outstanding.  It has a deep, dark chocolate taste and a wonderful thick consistency.  The simplest way to use it is the also the best – stir some into a glass of cold non-dairy milk and drink!  So good.  I’ve also been using it to enhance the chocolate flavor in my baked goods – just as I do in the recipe below. These tiny cookies were inspired by the Mint Double Fudge Bite-lettes from Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food that are my go-to treats when I’m on the road and really need something to tame my sweet tooth. I went mint-less on these, but you could easily add a few drops of NuNaturals Peppermint Liquid Stevia or peppermint extract to the mix.

I still haven’t popped my bottle of Simple Syrup, but I’ve got some ideas swirling around in my head!  I love the idea of a guilt-free syrup to sweeten beverages.  BTW, these are the stevia products that I use every single day in my kitchen so I’m not just passing off freebie products that some company sent me – I really prefer NuNaturals over other stevia brands. Now, here are the goodies up for grabs!

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In typical NuNaturals generosity, I’m able to award FOUR winners who will each receive the following:

  • One bottle of Cocoa Syrup
  • One bottle of Simple Syrup
  • One bottle of Vanilla Stevia Liquid
  • One 50-count box of NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets (my absolute favorite)
  • Bonus product

Don’t live in the U.S. or Canada?  No problem! This giveaway is open to EVERYONE no matter where you live in the world!  

Additionally, if you use the code BLG1214, you’ll receive a 15% discount (cannot be combined with other discounts, FYI) on your entire NuNaturals order, effective until December 31, 2014.  U.S. customers get free shipping on orders exceeding $35 after discount.  Please visit the NuNaturals website to see all of their wonderful products.  To enter the giveaway, scroll to the bottom of this post.

GF & Sugar-free Fudgey Brownie Bites An Unrefined Vegan


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Fudgey Brownie Bites

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  • Author: Annie Oliverio


Mega chocolate flavor in bite-sized sugar-free, gluten-free cookies.


  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup soy flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup Medjool dates (about 7), pitted, chopped, and soaked in water for a few hours
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. refined coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vegan mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, coconut flakes, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the dates, water, and Cocoa Syrup. Process until fairly smooth. You’ll need to scrape down the sides of the processor bowl a few times. Add the coconut oil and vanilla extract and pulse a few times to incorporate.
  3. Pour this mixture into the flour mixture, add the chocolate chips and stir until there are no dry bits. The mixture will be thick and sticky.
  4. Scoop up the dough by the tablespoonful, lightly shape it into a flat round and place on one of the prepared baking sheets. Continue with the remaining dough. Bake for about 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the pans for a few minutes, then place them on a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 218
  • Sugar: 16
  • Sodium: 28
  • Fat: 6
  • Saturated Fat: 4
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 41
  • Protein: 4
  • Cholesterol: 1


GF & Sugar-free Fudgey Brownie Bites An Unrefined Vegan

GF & Sugar-free Fudgey Brownie Bites An Unrefined Vegan


47 thoughts on “Fudgey Brownie Bites, Gluten- and Sugar-free + A NuNaturals Giveaway

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      I’m so grateful that NuNaturals opens up their giveaways to everyone – I always feel like a Scrooge when I can’t include overseas entries. Thanks so much for following and entering, Vicki! I think both muffin recipes sounds delicious!

  1. Vee@VeesEasyVegan

    Ooops…part two of the blog comment is…I would use the NuNaturals to add to some muffin recipes I am conjuring up including a date orange one and a double chocolate chocolate chip variety!

  2. Margaux

    Oh yuuummm! These look so tasty! Is tapioca flour a type of starch? I don’t have any in my pantry, but I do have oat fibre and corn starch, if one of those would be a sub? Anyway, OM NOM! I love these NuNaturals products – I also use mine every.single.day and the cocoa is stunning – I finished my last bottle in an embarrassingly short amount of time, but luckily it’s “guilt free” :p.

    I follow on FB, pinterest…erm…all the places?

    To answer your question: I would actually make the waffle party I had originally planned on (before I ate all the cocoa syrup!) with ice-cream and the syrup strewn all over the show. My FIL is diabetic and I think he’d freak out in happiness to be able to indulge in something like that (with vegan 2-ingredient ice-cream, of course). 🙂

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Corn starch should work instead of the tapioca flour/starch.

      Yeah, I’m thinking a waffle/ice cream party sounds like the perfect way to use the syrup! Yowza!

  3. Deb

    I would love to try the cocoa syrup–maybe drizzled on some homemade banana and pb soft serve? Lots of possibilities!

  4. sa

    I cook all of the time and would use either one in multiple ways. My favorite thing to do is bake and the cocoa would be very helpful. Thank you.

  5. Laura

    Id love to use the cocoa syrup in a healthyfied pb milkshake kinda thing. 🙂 Sounds like a really cool, versatile product. Your cookies look great! 🙂

  6. Terri Cole

    Annie, those cookies look delicious! I think I would use those syrups to make awesome iced coffee. Thanks for the chance to win my favorite stevia. 🙂

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Thanks, Terri! That’s a great idea – – I’m liking the cocoa syrup for a mocha type coffee!

  7. Melissa

    I’d love to use the cocoa syrup to make classic (vegan) chocolate milk. Or I bet it’d be great mixed into banana soft serve.

  8. Rithika

    Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!
    I think I would eat the cocoa syrup as is! It sounds delicious. 🙂 May be I will save some to pour it over some cake or ice cream.
    Have subscribed and followed you.

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