Easy to make, no-bake Raw Vegan Brownies are made with dates, almonds, coconut, cocoa powder, and vanilla for a delicious and healthy dessert!
For anyone seeking a no-bake brownie that’s fudgy and chocolatey, this is it!
Why We Love This Recipe!
They’re crave-worthy and one or two is all you need to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Easy. No need to bother with baked brownies again, as these don’t require an oven and are simple to make with just 6 wholesome ingredients!
Healthy. These raw brownies contain no dairy, eggs, or butter! Plus, they are refined sugar-free, flourless, and grain-free.
Here is everything you will need, plus substitution ideas:
- Raw almonds – These are the base of the brownies. You may also want to add walnuts or pecans to the top of each brownie for a finishing touch.
- Unsweetened shredded coconut – If you’re not a fan of coconut, try replacing the coconut with extra nuts.
- Cocoa powder – Use raw cacao or regular unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Medjool dates – Fresh is best. If the dates are dehydrated, try soaking them as noted in the recipe card.
- Vanilla – Adds a nice layer of flavor but can be omitted.
How To Make Raw Brownies
Here is a quick overview with step by step photos for reference. (Note – The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post)
- To the bowl of a food processor, add the nuts with the coconut and cacao, and blend until you have a coarse flour. Place mixture in a small bowl.
- Make the date paste by adding the dates, vanilla and salt to the bowl of a food processor and blend until somewhat smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. (I didn’t soak my dates here, so it’s a tighter mixture. The soaked dates will yield a moister and more spread out mix.)
- Add reserved nut mixture to date paste and process until combined, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Mixture doesn’t have to be smooth.
- Place the flourless brownie mix in a lined loaf pan (can use parchment, wax paper, or saran wrap), flatten from edge to edge.
- Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to overnight.
- Optionally, add a light dusting of cacao powder.
- Slice into squares and enjoy!
And that’s all it takes!
Now you can feel good about indulging without feeling one ounce of guilt!
Tips For Success!
- Roll into balls. You can also roll these into 1 inch balls, just let the dough chill for 20 minutes to stiffen before rolling. For a finishing touch, roll them in shredded coconut or cocoa/cacao powder. Yields about 18 – 24 balls.
- Add an optional topping. Add a finishing touch such as a dusting of cacao powder, shredded coconut, or chopped walnuts or almonds.
- Replace the coconut. If you’re not a fan of coconut, sub with nuts
- Storage. These raw brownies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months.
More No-Bake Recipes
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If you try this no bake brownies recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.Print
Raw Brownies (Vegan + No Bake)
Delicious raw no-bake brownies made with almonds, coconut, cocoa powder, dates, and vanilla are easy to make and store well.
- Prep Time: 40 min
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: Makes 12 brownie bites 1x
- Category: Dessert, No-Bake
- Method: food processor
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- 3/4 cup raw almonds, walnuts or pecans
- 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/3 cups packed medjool dates, pitted, softened* and chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon himalayan salt
Make flour: Combine almonds, coconut and cocoa powder in food processor/blender and process until almonds are a fairly fine consistency. Remove mixture and set aside.
Date paste: Add dates to the food processor/blender and process until dates become a paste.
Combine: Add in the almond, coconut and cocoa powder mixture along with the remaining vanilla and salt. Pulse until just combined.
Pack in loaf pan: Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap, wax paper or parchment paper. Place mixture into loaf pan, press down firmly while smoothing out the surface.
Chill: Place the brownies in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or so to harden a bit before cutting.
Slice: Cut into 12 squares to make a 3 – 4 bite size brownie or cut into 24 squares for a 1 – 2 bite size brownies.
Finishing touch: Optionally, sprinkle the brownies with cacao powder or place a walnut on top of each piece for decoration.
Makes 12 – 24
Store: Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. For longer storage, place in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months.
Roll into balls. You can also roll these into 1 inch balls and eat as is, or roll them in shredded coconut or cocoa/cacao powder. If rolling into balls you should get about 18 – 24 balls.
More topping ideas. Additional toppings you may like: shredded coconut, dusting of cocoa powder or chopped/whole raw almonds.
Depending on the type and freshness of your dates, you may need to soak them. To soften your dates, place dates in a medium size bowl and soak in hot water for a few minutes. I really prefer the medjool dates for their softness, they rarely need softening, but feel to use your favorite dates. Just be sure to soak before using them.
Updated: Raw Brownies was originally published in August 2012. It has been updated with new photos and helpful tips in April 2020.