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Raw brownies (gluten-free, vegan, 5 ingredients)

These raw brownies are the perfect healthy sweet treat or dessert option. They’re gluten-free, vegan, only contain 5 ingredients, and take less than 10 minutes to make. The best part: it’s a healthy brownie recipe with NO beans. I’m 100% on board with that. 

I’ve been a bit of a chocolate monster lately. I say lately like it’s a new thing. 

Raw vegan brownies with only 5 ingredients! These are a perfect healthy dessert option and are naturally gluten-free and vegan. No added sugar. Check out the recipe on fitnessista.com. I need these for my weekly meal prep!

I’ve really cleaned up my eats with the ol’ gallbladder issue – lots more produce in my life! – but definitely still like my desserts. Mid-afternoon, I almost always enjoy a little sweet bite with my tea or after lunch. This is the latest fave: raw brownies! Even though I don’t use it as often as I did in the past, that raw vegan culinary school experience tends to come in handy.

All you need: raw walnuts, dates, cacao powder, water, and a little salt. You could get fancy here and add some vanilla and cacao nibs, but truthfully, they don’t need it. It’s like the easiest dessert ever. Just blend, press into a parchment-lined baking dish, pop in the fridge, and there ya go.

Raw vegan brownies with only 5 ingredients! These are a perfect healthy dessert option and are naturally gluten-free and vegan. No added sugar. Check out the recipe on fitnessista.com. I need these for my weekly meal prep!

Some of the reasons why I like these:

They’re a satisfying sweet treat without a sugar crash. 

They’re packed with nutrition. Dates and walnuts make up the base of this recipe. It’s an awesome dose of nutrients, healthy fats, and fiber.

The kiddos love them, too. When I pulled these out of the fridge, they couldn’t wait to try them! They happily ate the brownies while playing in the backyard and then came inside for seconds.

Raw vegan brownies with only 5 ingredients! These are a perfect healthy dessert option and are naturally gluten-free and vegan. No added sugar. Check out the recipe on fitnessista.com. I need these for my weekly meal prep!

Here’s the quick and easy recipe!

Raw Vegan Brownies with dates and walnuts 

Raw vegan brownies with only 5 ingredients! These are a perfect healthy dessert option and are naturally gluten-free and vegan. No added sugar. Check out the recipe on fitnessista.com. I need these for my weekly meal prep!

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Raw vegan brownies with dates and walnuts

Raw vegan brownies with only 5 ingredients! These are a perfect healthy dessert option and are naturally gluten-free and vegan. No added sugar. 

  • Author: Gina Harney // The Fitnessista
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 brownies 1x
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Ingredients

1 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates (about 16 dates), soaked for at least 20 minutes

1 cup raw walnut pieces (+ more for the top)

1/4 C – 1/2 C cocoa powder (use more for a richer flavor and if you’re using raw cacao powder. If you’re using traditional cocoa powder, use less and add more later if needed)

Good pinch of sea salt

24 tablespoons of water

Instructions

Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.

In a food processor, pulse all of the ingredients until you have a smooth dough. Start with less water (2 T) and add more if needed. Taste and add more cocoa powder if you want a richer flavor.

Press the batter into the baking dish and top with additional walnut pieces.

Set in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Cut and serve!

Notes

Feel free to add in cacao nibs or top with shredded coconut! These are also great with goji berries mixed in.

Keywords: raw vegan brownies, brownies with dates and walnuts, gluten-free brownies, no-bake brownies

Please let me know if you give them a try! What’s your favorite quick sweet bite?

xo

Gina

More of my fave healthy desserts:

Pumpkin cheesecake

Crumble in a jar

Microwave chocolate mug cake

Double chocolate protein muffin 

Chocolate avocado chia pudding

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5 Comments

  1. Janice O'Kane on September 26, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Oh my gosh, these look so good! All I’m missing are the walnuts. Adding those to my shopping list and making ASAP. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. Jessica on September 26, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Do you follow Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog at all? These are identical to a recipe of hers from a few years ago only without the frosting…https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2019/09/01/the-ultimate-unbaked-brownies-raw-vegan/

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2019 at 12:45 am

      If she inspired the recipe, I absolutely would have tagged her. Raw brownies are a very common recipe and you’ll see so many different versions of the same base recipe.

  3. ross on October 2, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    great content! thank you

  4. Kyle Adams on October 12, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks – I tried this out today and it’s not half bad! I had always been trying to stay away from sweets but not anymore. I used to eat “healthy” but I’ve always had a yo-yo problem…..I’m currently Kindle reading this amazing book called Struggle Buster which advocates eating that which you grew up eating even if its deemed carb or fat heavy (which in my case includes brownies, hence trying out this recipe of yours 🙂 )…seems to be working so far! Many thanks and keep up the great work 🙂 Cheers – Kyle.

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