Fudgy No-Bake Healthy Brownies

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My fudgy, no-bake healthy brownies are simply the best—rich, dense, and satisfying, yet takes less than 15 minutes to make. They’re grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, and sweetened with dates!

Three squares of no bake brownies stacked on top of each other

These no-bake vegan brownies are a delicious, healthier treat to replace your “traditional” brownie. They are packed with ingredients, including almond meal, dates, and cacao powder – for a treat that remains packed with flavor but is nutrient-dense and filling. Plus, they’re a great meal-prep snack to grab and go from your fridge and for days when you want a brownie without switching on the oven (especially warm summer days).

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Why I love this recipe

These healthy brownies are a decadent, sweet treat everyone can enjoy. They are made with wholesome ingredients without sugar, flour, or eggs and can satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your health goals in check.

What makes this recipe truly special is how simple and quick it is. In just three easy steps—blending, shaping, and slicing—you’ll have delicious brownies ready to enjoy. There’s no need to use the oven, making these treats perfect for those busy days when you want something quick and delightful.

Plus, these brownies are incredibly versatile. Whether you’re packing a lunch, looking for an on-the-go snack, reaching for a quick dessert from the fridge, or sharing them at your next potluck or cookout, they are sure to impress. Their rich, nutty flavor and chewy texture make them a favorite for any occasion.

Ingredients

This recipe requires a few simple ingredients that you might already have in your kitchen.

Ingredients for no-bake healthy brownies
  • Almond Meal: To make up the base. You could also blend walnut or macadamia nuts to use instead.
  • Medjool Dates: Other date varieties work, too, though my preferred is always Medjool. Use soft, not dry, dates to achieve the sticky texture.
  • Cacao Powder: I often switch between cocoa and raw cacao powder. Use cacao powder if you want a 100% raw recipe. Otherwise, either will work along with these substitutes.
  • Walnuts: Although these healthy brownies are already nut-based, I love to add bigger chunks of nuts for extra texture and flavor. In this case, I used walnuts. Feel free to omit these or use a different nut if preferred. 
  • Vanilla: I use pure vanilla extract; you can also use vanilla bean paste. 
  • Espresso: Coffee is an amazing ingredient for enhancing the chocolate flavor without tasting too strongly of coffee. However, you could substitute this for milk or plant-based milk if preferred. The liquid helps to create a fudgy brownie texture.
  • Sea salt: Just a pinch to balance the flavors.

How to make it

Make the batter: First, check if the dates are too dry. If needed, soak them in a bowl with hot water for about 10-15 minutes – this allows them to soften so they are easy to blend. If using espresso, make it following your preferred method (pods, filter, instant coffee – either will work).

Next, add the dates to a food processor and blend them into a paste. Add the almond meal, cacao powder, vanilla, espresso, and salt and blend to incorporate. Then add the walnuts and blend to your desired texture – you can leave them in chunks and make a smoother batter by blending longer.

Steps for blending ingredients to make batter

Finally, test the consistency of the batter by pressing it between your fingers – if it doesn’t crumble or fall apart, it’s ready. Otherwise, add 1-2 teaspoons of warm water or another soft date and blend again for a few seconds to incorporate.

Spread and finish: Cover a baking pan or a square casserole dish with parchment paper and spread the raw brownie mix in an even layer. Depending on the size of the baking dish you use, the bars will be thinner or thicker. If you only have a large tray, simply spread the batter over half, pressing it into one side of the tray with a spatula or other flat tool. The parchment paper can also help you shape the brownies.

Steps for shaping and cutting no-bake brownies

Optionally, sprinkle the healthy brownies with cacao powder and top with a few more walnuts. Finally, cut them into squares and enjoy!

How to store

  • In the refrigerator: Keep the walnut brownies in an airtight container for up to ten days.
  • In the freezer: Place the squares in an airtight container, separated with parchment paper to avoid sticking. Freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw before serving.
Squares of no bake brownies

If you try this no bake brownies recipe, let me know how it goes in the comments below. I’d appreciate a recipe card rating and would love to see your recipe recreations – tag me on Instagram @Alphafoodie!

Fudgy No-Bake Healthy Brownies

5 from 14 votes
By: Samira
My fudgy, no-bake healthy brownies are simply the best—rich, dense, and satisfying, yet takes less than 15 minutes to make. They're grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, and sweetened with dates!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients 
 

  • cup medjool dates pitted
  • 1 cup almond meal or walnut, macadamia, or a blend of any of the three
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup espresso optional (replace with dairy/non-dairy milk)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For Decoration (optional)

  • 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder for sprinkling over the top
  • walnuts

Instructions 

  • Check if the dates are too dry. Soak them in a bowl with hot water for 10-15 minutes if needed.
    Prepare the coffee following your preferred method.
  • In a food processor or blender, add the dates and blend them into a paste. Add the almond meal, cacao powder, vanilla, espresso, and salt and blend to incorporate. Add the walnuts and blend to your desired texture—chunky or smoother.
  • Test the consistency of the batter by pressing it between your fingers -it should not crumble or fall apart. Add 1-2 teaspoons of warm water or another soft date if needed and blend again to incorporate.
  • Cover a baking tray or a square casserole dish with parchment paper. Spread the brownie mix in an even layer—the size of the dish will make it thinner or thicker. If the dish is too large, spread the batter on one side and shape it with the parchment paper and a spatula.
  • Optionally, sprinkle with cacao powder and top with a few more walnuts. Cut the healthy brownies into squares and enjoy!

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Notes

Brownie balls: Easily adapt this recipe into raw brownie balls by dividing the mixture into 1-2 tbsp-sized pieces and rolling them into balls, then topping with your coating of choice.
To store: Keep the brownies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to ten days.
To freeze: Place them in an airtight container, separated with parchment paper to avoid sticking. Freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw before serving.
 
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Freezer friendly: 3 Months
Shelf life: 10 Days

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 194kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 100mg, Potassium: 400mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 27IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 52mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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11 Comments

  1. karol says:

    5 stars
    this recipe is amazing!.
    thanks Samra

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Karol!

  2. Mojoblogs says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for this healthy brownies recipe. Cannot wait to try this.

  3. Noha says:

    Taste delicious. I made balls out of them and the kids lived it.

    1. AlphaFoodie Support says:

      That sounds like a great way of making them into bite-sized treats! Glad they enjoyed them!

  4. simon mendelson says:

    Love this recipe.
    However living in UK we don’t use American cup system.
    May I request you also weigh out in metric please.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Simon,
      I provide the weight in metric as well – right below the ingredients on the recipe card, you can choose between “US customary” or “Metric” and it will display either cups or grams/milliliters for you.
      I hope this helps.

      1. Chaymae says:

        Hi Samira 🙂
        Thank you for the recipe , it looks amazing !
        Just one question : could i use hazelnuts instead of walnuts ?

      2. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Hi Chaymae,
        Yes, you can use hazelnuts instead of walnuts. You can also omit the nuts altogether, or even use pecans or Brazil nuts. I hope this helps.

  5. Nadia says:

    Very tasty and easy to make. Thank you samira for the recepie

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Nadia.