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Raw Brownies

by jenny sansouci on February 13, 2012


I’m a sucker for delicious treats that contain no dairy or sugar. Especially chocolately ones. When I saw this recipe in Healthy Cooking Camp, I knew I had to make it. Robyn assured me that I would, in fact, flip out when I made them. So today I decided to try, especially since it’s so close to Chocolate Day (I mean…Valentine’s Day).

I remember one very magical Valentine’s Day a few years back. The guy I was sort-of-dating blew me off, and my mom sent me a big heart-shaped box of fudge. I spent that Valentine’s Day alone in bed with fudge and Sex & The City reruns.

Aw. I know. That was a special day.

My point is, I think most people gravitate towards indulging in chocolate around Valentine’s Day, so why not try doing it without overloading your body with sugar and dairy? This is a recipe so decadent, it rivals any fudge or brownie!! Whattttt! BELIEVE IT.

Raw Brownie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 1/2 cups medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

So listen. I don’t have a food processor (ah!) so I used a Vita-Mix blender for this. If if you have a food processor, use that. I did manage to make it work in my blender, although it was a bit of a process, as I had to keep scooping the mixture out of the blender and re-mixing it, blending a little bit at a time.


Add walnuts and almonds to food processor and blend until finely ground.

Add cacao and salt, blend.

Add dates, nut butter and vanilla. Blend until all ingredients are well combined.

This is what the batter will look like:


Spread the batter down into a cake pan.


Freeze until ready to eat (they are easier to cut when they are cold).

When I bit into one of these brownies, I couldn’t believe how much it tasted like an actual brownie!

They are so decadent and rich, you really don’t need more than one.



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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachel February 14, 2012 at 1:42 am

These damn things are giving me insomnia. I must make them soon. I came to the page just to stare at them. Sigh….


Ali February 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

happy valentines day to me:) these look amazing! making them today..


Robyn Youkilis, HCC, Your Healthiest You February 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Enjoy everyone! If the “batter” is too crumbly feel free to add more dates. The recipe varies a bit with each different batch of dates.

Happy Valentine’s Day and thanks for sharing a recipe from!!



Lisa February 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

do you have other dairy free, glueten free desserts?


jenny sansouci February 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm
Jannae February 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Can the dates be dried ones used? I live in little hickville town outside of pittsburgh with no dates to be found except dried ones.


jenny sansouci February 15, 2012 at 10:14 am

Yeah, you might want to soak them first, though!


Marissa Carney February 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Yumm!!!! I can’t wait to make these! Thank you for sharing! Also, I would love to know what kind/color nail polish you are wearing in the last photo? 🙂 Love it!
Thank you!


jenny sansouci February 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm

hehe! china glaze “go crazy red”


Lorraine February 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Can you omit the walnuts and add more almonds? Walnuts give me heartburn.


jenny sansouci February 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I’ve only made them once, but try it out and let me know how it goes!


Annik February 29, 2012 at 2:08 am

Tried this recipe on the weekend and have had lots of good feedback from friends! Even the boyf ate one. 🙂 They are yummy by themselves, or crumbled over berries with a little ice cream for dessert.


Irena April 10, 2012 at 8:20 am

Wow, that looks amazing! I am definitely making this, thank you for the recipe!


Jenn Jackson June 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm


I absolutely love these, and have shared the recipe with a number of my clients. I know all the ingredients are all healthy and whole, but I have clients that are working on portion control, and I was wondering if anyone had an idea of how many single serving portions are in the recipe, and how many calories in a serving.


Christine October 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm

These look amazing! I can’t wait to try the recipe!


Sarah January 9, 2014 at 1:01 am

I don’t usually comment on blogs, but HOLY CRAP I am eating these right no and they are AMAZING.


jenny sansouci January 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm

You’re awesome. Thanks for commenting. 🙂


Christi January 23, 2014 at 1:13 am

Any suggestions for a walnut substitution? I’m allergic to walnuts and pecans, but these sound sooooo good


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