Raw brownies

When you are in the mood for a chocolate treat that can fit in with a healthy diet look no further than these raw brownies.  Perfect for a post These bars are the perfect substitute for an energy bar or other sweet tweet and they are full of healthy good for you ingredients.  Just a quick note, if you use the oats that are listed in the recipe, technically they are no longer raw.  To me they still are because I don’t cook any of the ingredients and I don’t follow a raw diet.   You can easily omit the oats if you’d like, they are delicious with or without them.

Dates are loaded with potassium and are a good source of fiber, the walnuts supply healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids and the cacoa is one of the best sources of magnesium found in nature.  Even if you aren’t interested in the health benefits these brownies offer you should give them a try because they are so delicious and so satisfying.  So there you have it, a life changing event just waiting for you to grab it.  You can thank me later, I’m off to eat a brownie. snack they only have 5 ingredients and don’t require any cooking.

The raw brownieIngredients:2 cups whole walnuts, divided
2 1/2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup raw oats
1 cup raw cacoa
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1-2 tablespoons cacoa for dusting


Place 1 1/2 cups walnuts and the oats in a food processor and blend on high until the mixture is finely ground.  Add the cacao and salt and pulse to combine.  Add the dates one at a time through the feed tube of the processor while it is running.  The mixture should be crumbly but hold together when you squeeze it between your fingers.  Roughly chop the remaining 1/2 cup of walnuts and combine with the walnut-cacoa mix.  Press the mixture into a 9×9 pan.  Place in the freezer or fridge until ready to serve, it is easily to slice the brownies when they are cold.  Dust lightly with cacoa before serving.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

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    Self-taught cook, photographer.  You can usually find me at a farmers market dreaming up alternative recipes for my allergy prone family.

    15 thoughts on “Raw brownies

    1. Rain

      Just came across your blog from the Bliss Blog site. I can’t remember the last time I was excited by so many recipes — everything looks so wonderful – tasty and healthy.

      I already have a long list of bookmarks for things I want to make.

      Thank you so much!


    2. Anna J

      Great recipe! I’m loving raw brownies, they are so quick & easy and taste like they shouldn’t be good for you.
      Just wanted to check if you actually meant “raw oats” which would be oat groats, with the hull on etc. Or do you use uncooked rolled oats which are steamed to process them so technically aren’t raw.

    3. jo

      Just made these- they were so much better than I expected b/c I dont exactly love dates!! Next time I may add some cinnamon!

      1. Tina Post author

        Glad that you tried it even though you don’t like dates, I was never a huge fan either but I’ve really developed a taste for them recently. Cinnamon is a great idea, you could also try a little bit of chili powder for a spicy kick!

    4. Lisa

      Hi Tina – I made these today and the flavor is intensely chocolatey and delicious. However, the texture has me stumped. After cutting and plating, the brownies just fell apart; crumbled into their original texture when they came out of the food processor. I was wondering if I left something out because yours look far more moist and held their shape. The only thing I can think of is my dates were too dry, despite the fact I purchased them the day before.

      I would definitely make these again if I could work out the structural issues. 🙂 Otherwise, I think I might just crumble them up into my plain yogurt for a mocha/chocolate snack.

      Your site is beautiful. I’ll be back for more recipes.


      1. Tina Post author

        Hi Lisa,

        I have had that happen to me before when I used dates that weren’t very fresh. If the dates are a little bit dry it helps to add a few more dates to the mixture or you might want to eliminate the oats in the recipe. Thanks for checking out the blog!

        1. Lisa

          Thanks, Tina. The dates are the only thing I can think of that might have made this recipe too dry. The brownies just fell apart, which was frustrating, because the flavor was amazing!! I’m going to give them another try and hope to be able to serve them as a healthy snack to my daughter’s Brownie Troop! 🙂

          Thanks, again!


    5. Maddison

      Absolutely beautiful, although I found I only need half the required dates as it was holding together fine. Thanks for the recipe I finally have a raw brownie recipe that is faultless 🙂 xo

      1. Tina Post author

        Hi Maddison,

        I’m so glad you liked them, they are a favorite in our house. I have found that the freshness of the dates really effect how many you need to get the brownies to hold together. The fresher the dates the less you need, I usually start with 10 or so and then test the mixture to see if it holds together easily and if it’s too dry I add a few more!

    6. awildveganadventure

      Great recipe! I already prepared them, now inside the fridge. Can’t wait to try them! 🙂


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