No Bake Brownies

No-Bake Brownies

Somewhere between a brownie, a fudgey square, and an ‘oh my god’ exclamation, lies this fantastic dessert. Yet made with just fruits, nuts, and pure cacao, this treat is nutritionally on par with a natural energy bar or trail mix — what a deal!  Not that you actually needed an excuse to eat a brownie. Check out the No Bake Brownie VIDEO!

1 cup medjool dates, pits removed
1 cup raw walnut pieces
½ cup cacao powder
pinch sea salt
1 Tbsp – ½ cup Navitas Naturals Sweetened Cacao Nibs, or regular raw cacao nibs (use quantity to taste)


Mix: Place walnuts in a food processor and grind for a couple seconds to form a coarse flour. While machine is running, add pitted dates, cacao powder and salt, processing until a moist, crumb-like dough has formed.

Form: Spread into an 8×8 inch pan, sprinkle with cacao nibs, and press firmly into a solid brownie layer. Cut into bite-size squares and serve. Alternately, press and roll brownie dough into small balls to make brownie bites.

Makes about 2 dozen small squares.

Healthy benefits: high antioxidants, magnesium and iron, dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free


29 responses to “No Bake Brownies”

  1. Kathleen

    Whoo! Found some good Medjool dates and tried this recipe! Wow it is really great and a great energy boost! Thank you!

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  3. Jeri

    I had a craving, wanted something that would benefit my body as well, went to Vega, remembered I just found you and voila I had a dessert in less than 10 min. Very cool Thank You.
    Jeri – Oahu

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  7. Stephanie

    Great idea — especially for kids, since they don’t have to turn on the oven. Thanks!

  8. Adam

    Yum Yum Julie!

  9. Werve

    Just made a batch, did not have any walnuts in the house, subbed raw cashews.
    They are terrific.
    Thanks for the tasty recipe and kudos on the video….

  10. tricia

    I just made these and they are amazing! They truly taste like a dark chocolate brownie. Thank you for the recipe!

  11. Caroline

    This sounds delicious! My boys are excited to make them.
    I love your recipes and your hair looks great! :)

  12. Christine

    If you don’t like walnuts, other nuts work well, too, such as pecans or hazelnuts.

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  14. Nathan Agin

    this was AMAZING!!! :-) heard about this from Brian & Alexandra’s entheosTV. me and my pal Melanie made this tonight, and actually used a bit more water than called for – but a happy accident: we ended up with this unbelievable Brownie Mousse!! :-)

    so excellent – thanks for sharing this – can’t wait to make it again!

  15. John

    This is the BEST recipe EVER! I have made this recipe twice and it has been a big hit both times. Of course, I only make 8 brownies with this recipe : )

  16. Zack

    Good stuff. Mucho gracias!

  17. eatingRD

    These look great! and I’m going to the farmer’s market today to stock up on my date obsession :)

  18. izzy

    do you have to use dates, or is their another fruit alternative?

  19. Lisa

    What a great idea! Looks yummy. Thanks.

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  21. Lisa

    …love these brownies! What is the best way to store them and how long do they keep? (not that they’ll be around that long, just thinking about traveling/hiking)

  22. chung-ting

    I just made it but its kind of way sitcky and greasy.. is it too much dates?

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