Unbaked Fudgy Brownies

Unbaked brownies

You won’t believe how easy it is to make these unbaked vegan chocolate brownies, rich with nuts and sweetened with dates. They’re flourless, gluten-free, and altogether rich and yummy. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog.

Makes 12 squares

  • 1 cup raw slivered or sliced almonds
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts

Place the almonds in the container of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process until ground to a fine powder.

Add the dates, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and half of the chocolate chips. Process until the mixture holds together as a mass—this will take a few minutes.

Add the remaining chocolate chips and pulse on and off for about 30 seconds. Add the walnuts and pulse on and off for another 20 to 30 seconds, or until finely chopped but still visible in the mixture.

Transfer the mixture to an 8 by 8-inch square pan. Press into the pan, using the back of a spatula to get it nice and even. Score the mixture into 12 squares. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Cover any leftovers and store in the refrigerator.

Unbaked vegan chocolate brownies


13 comments on “Unbaked Fudgy Brownies

  1. Jen Walker

    Hi Nava,
    Thanks for sharing the brownies recipe it really does look delicious and it’s been a long time since I’ve had fudge so I’m going to give these a go later in the week.

    I’ll let you know how it goes.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Jen Walker

  2. Sylvia Martinez

    OMG!!! These were wonderful!! Thank you for the recipe. So sweet and no sugar! First time I used dates in a recipe.

  3. Dallas

    I think you mean “disguise any leftovers and hide in the fridge”. These look delicious and I will def be making them.

  4. Jaclyn

    looks yummy, will give it a try but its hard to get dates at this time of the year. Can I replace the dates with something else?

  5. Nava Post author

    Jaclyn, I nearly always see dried dates at the health food store — not cheap, but there they are. I would say you could use another dried fruit like turkish apricots but soak them in hot water for about an hour to make sure they soften. Hope that works!

  6. Amy

    I LOVE every single recipe I try of yours! And I CAN’T WAIT to try this one!!! Yum! I think I’ll make some first thing in the morning since I know I have all of the ingredients. ;) Thank you!

  7. Debra

    Is there something we could use in place of almonds? These sound delicious but my kids are allergic to nuts! Do you think it would work with sunflower seeds?

  8. Nava Post author

    Hi Debra — Sunflower seeds should work as long as you can grind them down to a fine meal; and, though I can’t say for sure, it’s possible that coconut flour (about 3/4 cup) could be a good substitution as well. Let me know how it works out if you can!

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