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These homemade no bake brownies are vegan, gluten-free, healthy, and also easy to make! In addition, this recipe is dairy-free, eggless, quick, refined sugar-free, and fudgy!
These delicious raw vegan brownies are made from dates and walnuts just like my raw strawberry cheesecake and then topped with a rich and healthy chocolate frosting. You can enjoy these for dessert, snack, and also breakfast!
I am a huge fan of raw, no bake healthy dessert as you can tell from my vegan cheesecake, homemade peanut butter cups or no bake cookie dough bars. Since they come together quickly and no baking involved, you can make them any time. If you want to enjoy baked brownies then you can try my vegan avocado brownies for a change!
Before we jump into the recipe, let’s talk about how you can customize it and learn some tips.
How do you make vegan no bake brownies
Make sure to use Medjool dates because they are soft and have a rich caramel flavor. If your Medjool dates feel a little dry, soak them in hot water for 5 minutes and then drain before using them.
A combination of walnuts and dates makes the most amazing and also soft vegan brownies. Make sure to use raw and also unsalted walnuts for this recipe.
Since these no bake vegan brownies are gluten-free, we will be using almond flour. But you can swap it for more walnuts if you like.
Cacao powder gives these vegan brownies rich chocolatey flavor but you can use cocoa powder instead. You will be adding cacao powder in the brownies and also the frosting.
To give a subtle vanilla flavor, we will be adding vanilla extract in the mix. Make sure to use good quality vanilla extract because it makes a difference.
We will be adding a little bit of coconut oil to the frosting. This will help with keeping the frosting smooth and also easy to work with.
This recipe is naturally sweetened so I chose to use maple syrup. But you can also use another liquid sweetener of choice if you prefer.
Adding salt really brings the sweetness out so I don’t recommend omitting it. I always go for pink Himalayan sea salt but you can use any kind of salt you want.
How to make it step by step
- First, you will need to line an 8×8 or 9×6 baking pan with parchment paper and then set aside. In a food processor, add the pitted dates and then pulse until you have smaller pieces.
- Next, add the walnuts, almond flour, 1/3 cup cacao powder, 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 tbsp water, salt, and pulse until they form a sticky dough.
- Now, you can transfer the no bake brownie mixture to the pan that you lined with parchment paper and then press down with your hands into an even layer and set aside.
- Next, you will make the chocolate frosting by combining the 1/4 cup cacao powder, maple syrup, melted coconut oil in a small bowl. And then, mix it really well until it gets a bit thicker.
- Now, spread the chocolate frosting over the top of the brownie mix evenly. And then place it in the freezer for 15 minutes or in the fridge for 1 hour until it sets, then cut into small squares.
Tips & Variations
- Do not add any more water than the recipe calls for. If the mix feels too crumbly, you can just add more dates.
- Make sure that you use liquid coconut oil. If the coconut oil is not melted, place it in the microwave for 20 seconds.
- If the Medjool dates are too hard and not soft and sticky, soak them in hot water for 5 minutes and then dry before using.
Can I add Protein Powder to eggless vegan brownies?
Yes, you can add protein powder to the mix but make sure the mix still feels sticky afterward. If it’s not, you can add more dates and pulse it again.
How to make no bake brownie bites
This recipe is versatile so you can use the same recipe for the brownie mix and then turn them into brownie bites. After making the mixture, roll it into small balls and refrigerate for 1 hour to set. But keep in mind, you will not use the chocolate frosting for the balls.
How to store no-bake brownies
You can store these vegan brownies in an airtight container for up to 7 days in the fridge. I find they taste even better as they sit in the fridge.
Can you freeze these no bake brownies?
Yes, they actually freeze well and taste great right out of the freezer. You can keep them in the freezer for at least 1 month.
This recipe comes together quickly and it is very easy and versatile. It is also:
- Vegan, eggless, gluten-free and dairy-free
- Healthier treat
- Rich, decadent and fudgy
- Also so delicious!
MORE VEGAN sweet recipes to try
- HOW TO MAKE GRANOLA (HEALTHY & EASY)
- BANANA ICE CREAM RECIPE (HEALTHY & VEGAN)
- VEGAN KEY LIME PIE (GLUTEN-FREE)
- VEGAN ENERGY BALLS (NO BAKE & OIL-FREE)
- GRANOLA BARS RECIPE (NO BAKE & HEALTHY)
- HOW TO MAKE A SMOOTHIE BOWL (VEGAN)
- STRAWBERRY SORBET
So, did you make these? I’d love for you to leave a comment and rate the recipe. You can also share your photo of the recipe on Pinterest and tag me on Instagram using @avocadocentric or #avocadocentric! xo, SelinPrint
These homemade no bake brownies are vegan, gluten-free, healthy and easy to make! This recipe is dairy-free, eggless, quick, refined sugar-free, and fudgy!
- 2 cups loosely packed Medjool dates (pitted)
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup almond flour (sub for more walnuts)
- 1/3 cup cacao or cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Line an 8×8 or 9×6 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a food processor, add the pitted dates and pulse until you have smaller pieces. Then add walnuts, almond flour, 1/3 cup cacao powder, vanilla extract, water, salt into the food processor with dates, pulse until ingredients form a sticky dough.
- Transfer the dough into the pan and use your hands to firmly press down into an even layer and set aside while making the chocolate frosting.
- Make the chocolate frosting by combining the 1/4 cup cacao powder, maple syrup, melted coconut oil in a small bowl. Mix it really well until smooth.
- Spread the chocolate frosting in an even layer across the no bake brownies and then place it in the freezer for 15 minutes or in the fridge for 1 hour until it sets. Cut into small squares to serve.
Do not add any more water than the recipe calls for. If the mix feels too crumbly, add more dates and pulse again.
If the coconut oil is not melted, place it in the microwave for 20 seconds.
If the Medjool dates are too hard and dry, soak them in hot water for 5 minutes and then dry before using.
- Serving Size: 16
- Calories: 186
- Sugar: 23.3g
- Sodium: 38.1mg
- Fat: 7.5g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 29.3g
- Fiber: 3.7g
- Protein: 2.8g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: raw brownies, no bake brownies, vegan brownies