Healthy raw brownies – your no bake, naturally sweet treat made with just 3 ingredients! Make these healthy brownies anytime you want a chocolatey bite, without having to turn on your oven or bust out the white sugar. These healthy brownies are made with real food ingredients from nature!
These raw brownies are dangerously good. They are so dang good you’ll want to keep eating them (like I did)!
I know what they’re filled with though, so I’m happy to keep them around for a mid afternoon chocolate treat. I feel energized and good after eating these, which is not how I typically feel after eating regular brownies.
What is in a no bake brownie?
The magic of no bake brownie comes from the dates. They are sticky sweet and the perfect pair with walnuts and cocoa powder. You’ll be left with a brownie bite that has the perfect soft texture, and is chocolatey.
What kind of dates to use
This may not be news to you, but I was surprised when I realized this – dates are not a dried fruit! They are actually a fresh fruit. Kind of crazy, right? Their sweetness and texture resembles dried fruit.
Dates come in many forms. The two dates I most often use (because of availability) are deglet noor dates and medjool dates.
Deglet Noor Dates
Deglet noor dates are often called the common date. When I purchase dates from bulk bins, they are most often deglet noor dates. They are smaller in size (compared to medjool dates), firmer and have a sweet flavor. They are often semi-dry, which makes them a great candidate to soak in water to soften.
Medjool dates, in contrast to deglet noor dates, are larger, softer and have a more caramel like flavor. They are sweet and delicious and such a treat on their own. They are not dry dates and are ready to be blended easily into treats.
Here’s a pro tip when using dates for no-baking. If your dates seems a little dry (which can happen with deglet noor dates), soak them in water for 1 hour. After the hour drain them and you’ll be left with a softer date that is ready to blend into treats!
Tools for making raw brownies
Raw brownies would be tricky to make by hand, but with a food processor – easy peasy! I love my food processor for making raw brownies and energy balls because it mixes everything together perfectly and quickly.
I recently upgraded my food processor to this 14 cup, more powerful food processor and I’m loving it.
In addition to a food processor, I like to use a silicone loaf pan to press my brownie mixture into. The brownies comes out super easily without any sticking. After removing you can cut the raw brownies into bite size pieces!
More healthy dessert recipes
- Carrot cake energy balls
- Chocolate peanut butter snack balls
- Dark chocolate trail mix bark
- Peanut butter coconut no bake bars
- Naturally sweet banana cake
- Peanut butter and jelly fat bombs
Ingredients for healthy no bake brownies
- Dates – sweetness + holds the brownies together
- Walnuts – the perfect base for no bake brownies
- Cocoa powder – gives you that must have chocolate flavor for our brownies
- Sea salt – just a touch of sea salt really makes these no bake brownies POP
How to make healthy brownies
Here’s how we make healthy brownies – no baking required! Your food processor does all the work and you get all the treat. Maybe share it with a friend or kiddo. Just like I tell my kiddos, sharing is caring. 😉
In a food processor, first we pulse the dates until they turn into a paste.
Add the walnuts and pulse until broken into bits.
Add the cocoa powder and sea salt (and maybe a touch of water if needed) and mix until combined.
Press the brownie mixture into a silicone loaf pan. Add a touch of sea salt on top to make it extra good!
Chill in the fridge then enjoy!
Let’s go make some healthy brownies!
Healthy Brownies - Naturally Sweet, Raw No Bake Brownies Made with Just 3 Ingredients
- 3 cups pitted dates
- 3 cups walnuts
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- In a food processor, add the dates and pulse until the dates are broken into pieces and beginning to turn into a paste. You may need to scrape down the sides a few times if the dates get stuck.
- Add the walnuts to the date paste and pulse until the walnuts are broken down into small bits.
- Add the cocoa powder and sea salt and pulse until combined. If your mixture seems dry and isn't coming together, add 2 tbsp of water and continue to pulse until the mixtures starts to mix fully together.
- Press the brownie mixture into a silicone loaf pan. Sprinkle a touch of sea salt on the top. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Cut into pieces and enjoy!