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Raw Brownies (Vegan + No Bake)

Easy to make, no-bake Raw Vegan Brownies are made with dates, almonds, coconut, cocoa powder, and vanilla for a delicious and healthy dessert!

head on view of 3 stacked raw vegan brownies.

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.

top down view of ingredients used to make raw coconut brownie bites recipe.

Ingredient Notes

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.
  • Salt
side by side photos showing the process of making a course flour in food processor.

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.
side by side photos showing the process of making date paste in food processor.
  • 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.)
top down view of raw vegan coconut brownie dough in food processor.
  • 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.
side by side photos showing the process of dusting with cacao powder and cutting raw vegan brownies.
  • 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.

side angle view of a group of raw brownie bites.

More No-Bake Recipes

You can never have too many guilt-free snacks and desserts to choose from. You just may find a new favorite healthy dessert when the sweet craving hits!

head on view of 3 stacked raw vegan brownies.

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.


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.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • 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. 

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  1. These were delicious! Will definitely make another batch soon.

  2. This brownies are even better than regular brownies! They are also really healthy and taste amazing. definitely recommend this recipe

  3. My favorite raw brownie recipe!

  4. Delicious! I will be making these regularly. Very simple to make too. Thanks for another great recipe.

  5. Omg! I’ve just made a half batch and they are so delicious! Thanks for such a fab recipe

  6. Andy Bravo says:

    So divine. My family actually thought they were pieces of fudge! I even left out the vanilla/salt once during a batch and the taste was still superb. Amazing recipe, thank you Julie!!!

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      That's great, fooled by all this wholesomeness! I must make this again soon myself. Thanks for stopping to share Andy. Cheers :)

  7. This was my first raw dessert that I made and they are delicious! Mine were also a bit dry.. I wish I had read the comments section first to know to soak the dates because I'm sure it's an easy solution.
    Thanks for all of your great recipes!

    Ashley (Canada)

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Hi Ashley, I'm so glad that these lovely brownies were your first raw dessert and it worked so well even with the dryness!

      I made a note in the recipe about softening the dates first so others won't have to go through that.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience! Cheers :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Very tastey! I have a sweet tooth, and these met the mark beautifully- and they're good for me too!
    In my rush to make them I didn't source Medjool dates, so the mix was a little dry and didnt hold together as well as it probably would have if I had used the correct dates. Next time! ;)
    Thank you for sharing- they are wonderful, even my daughter (11) loves them :)

    Kelly (Australia)

    1. Super to hear! So glad that you have someone else to make them for and share with. Raw desserts are the best. :)

      I haven't used anything but Medjool's yet but even these can be dry at times. I soak them in luke warm water for 10 minutes or so before using if needed. You may find that in a pinch you can do that too with any of the dates you are using.

      Cheers to goodness that you can taste and feel :)

  9. OH my, I am trying them! They look amazing!!

    1. They are so delicious! Enjoy :)

  10. This is great! Thank you for putting this on your blog. I'll try them out this weekend. – Peter, Brussels

    1. Your very welcome, it is my pleasure ! Enjoy ♥

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