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The Ultimate Unbaked Brownies

Ooey gooey, melty, chocolatey unbaked brownies – the perfect recipe for those days when you just really need a brownie!

Secretly healthy unbaked brownies, from @choccoveredkt... dairy-free, egg-free, raw, vegan, paleo, & gluten-free

And if you’re anything like me, that would be every day.

Good thing these babies freeze well!

Brownies are my Kryptonite. I love them even more than chocolate chips cookies.

Think about it: you only get a small amount of chocolate when you eat a chocolate chip cookie; whereas with a brownie, the entire thing is melty, gooey chocolate.

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All chocolate is always going to be better than some chocolate.

If you put a plate of brownies down in front of me, you can pretty much do anything you want without me noticing.

My mind will only be thinking about the plate of brownies in front of me and how to stop myself from eating all the brownies.

I’m having a hard time writing this post, because there are brownies on my computer screen, and it’s making me hungry.

I want all the brownies. ALL THE BROWNIES!!!

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So about these unbaked brownies…

The recipe takes 5 minutes to prepare and can be raw, gluten free, egg free, dairy free, soy free, and vegan.

They are like a cross between a brownie and a chocolate candy bar – and secretly GOOD for you at the same time!

unbaked brownies

Leftovers (if there are leftovers… how could there possibly be leftovers?!) can stay out for a few days, making these brownies a fantastic option for a bake sale or to ship to faraway friends.

I’d recommend shipping them unfrosted or simply spreading melted chocolate chips on top if they’ll be left out for an extended period of time, as coconut oil will soften when warm.

You can also refrigerate these brownies for a few weeks, or you can freeze them for up to 2 months or more.

But seriously, who has the willpower to keep brownies that long without eating them all first???

(Above – watch the video of making the brownies)

The Best Secretly Healthy Brownies (No Bake, Vegan Recipe)
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The Ultimate Unbaked Brownies

How to make secretly healthy unbaked brownies that can be vegan, gluten free, and paleo friendly.
4.87/5 (103)
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 16 brownies


  • cups loosely packed pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 6 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup or raw agave
  • 2 tbsp vegetable or melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • Combine the dates, walnuts, 6 tbsp cocoa, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, water, and salt in a food processor. (I use this food processor.) Process until completely smooth, scraping down as needed – It may seem dry at first, but don’t add any extra water.  Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan, or line the pan with parchment or wax paper. Transfer dough to pan and press very firmly until dough is evenly distributed in the pan. In a medium mixing bowl, combine remaining cocoa and vanilla extract with the maple syrup and oil. Stir until mixture forms a paste (this is the frosting). Spread evenly over dough in the baking pan. Refrigerate brownies for at least 2 hours, to set. Leftovers can stay covered at room temperature for a day, or up to 2 weeks in the fridge, or 1-2 months in the freezer.
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For a keto option, try these Keto Brownies.

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Published on September 1, 2019

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  1. Kaitlyn says

    I made these last night for my very pregnant friend (dates can supposedly induce labor lol). I want to say they were SO GOOD. Mine came out more fudgey, I think because I added too much water. I do want to say though that my food possessor could not handle the stickiness of those dates. I think I would chop them up next time.

  2. Chocoholic says

    Absolutely delicious and easy to make. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Chocolate cravings are the worst for me and these will definitely help with those.

  3. Meriam says

    Hahah it looks amazing ! Can’t wait to try it.
    My cheap blender got broken with the dates, so gilrs be careful for that 🙂

  4. Kendall says

    Hi Katie

    It seems that I am slow to the party with my comment, but thank you for this recipe. I make it so often and absolutely love it ?

  5. Shirley Bauman says

    I am a confirmed chocoholic so I love this recipe! I make it and just want to hide the pan from the rest of the family so I can have it all to myself. Easy, healthy ingredients, and CHOCOLATE! What’s not to love?!

  6. Shaheen Hanifa says

    Warning, I just tried this recipe using my cuisinart food processor and I followed the directions of not adding any extra water and now my food processor is broken, the night before Christmas Eve! This sucks.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Oh yikes sorry about your food processor! I’m guessing it sounds like maybe you got a date that accidentally had a pit in it? There are hundreds of comments on here from people who made it in a food processor so it definitely is normally fine to use one!

    • jordi says

      This happened to me too. I think it might have been wise to suggest that the dates be soaked in hot water to soften them if necessary and reduce the amount of liquid as appropriate.

    • Jason Sanford says

      We’ve never tried so can’t say for sure, but feel free to experiment, and please be sure to report back if you do!
      Jason (media relations)

  7. Robin says

    These are AMAZING. So rich and gooey. Truthfully, they don’t need the added coconut oil in the ganache. I omitted the oil and the ganache was perfect. I popped the hole batch in the freezer and just grab one when I need my chocolate fix. My 13 yo can’t stay away.

  8. Geoffrey Levens says

    Just made The Ultimate Unbaked Brownies for a “finger food potluck”. Holy smoke!!!! They got vacuumed. And 4 people requested the recipe. Dangerously excellent. Thank you!

    p.s. Can’t show off pictures because there’s nothing left, Not even a dab…

  9. jordi says

    Just made the Unbaked Brownies. I followed the directions to the T but have to say that the dates which were from a fresh bag should have been soaked for a while to soften them. As it was I have cracked my food processor due to them being so hard to process and I had to add more liquid than called for just to blend and had to rest the food processor so it took ages to make.

  10. Erin B. says

    This recipe is DA BOMB DIGGITY!!! I’m in the process of going (refined, added) sugar free. I love that the dates are the sweetener here. Very interested in what else can be done with dates and figs to make sweet treats!

  11. Pamela Manners says

    Made these yesterday – went down well with whole family! Only 9 left out of 16. I buy similar readymade products – these are far more delicious and way cheaper, so I’ll be making them regularly from now on! Thank you, Katie.

  12. Natalie says

    I normally don’t comment on here, but thought I would help with the ever “nut allergy” question since nobody has followed up on it. Sunflower seeds work. Not sure how it compares to the original recipe but it doesn’t matter! I followed Katie’s suggestion of replacing the frosting with melted chocolate chips since the brownies were going to be sitting outside for a while. So good and easy to make!

  13. Cindy D May says

    I was thinking this was a newer post until I saw the comments. Anyway, my useful humor kicked in, and I decided to leave my comment anyway.
    That’s my food processor too…. I use it, but sometimes with great trepidation. And here’s my next food processor! Do you have it yet? Or something even better? Do tell! My reasons for this one over the Cuisinart:
    a. it doesn’t take so much brain power. I use iphone and android devices that are simpler to use than this Cuisinart baby!
    b. 16 cup Brebille Sous Chef….that means 5 cups more brownies. No brainer, right? (12 cup also available.)
    c. The video I somehow discovered–made the sale. I watched with a little jealousy as she could have used the food processor even blindfolded. It doesn’t steal brain cells. On Youtube search for Breville Sous Chef Food Processor.
    d. It’s also available on Amazon. This might be the one I get and keep for life!

  14. Leslie Fladd says

    The Unbaked Brownies are seriously delicious. The first batch I used regular cocoa. I thought they were good, but not as chocolate-y as I would like. So the second batch I used a high quality Dutch process cocoa; HUGE difference. I can’t stop eating them. Thank you Katie!

  15. Noam says

    Made these last night, and they mostly taste like dates and not so much like chocolate or brownies… A nice treat, but not what I expected at all.

  16. Patricia Suttmiller says

    I made these brownies yesterday. They are amazing. Almost like fudge but not nearly as sweet. I will be making them again as soon as I get more ingredients. I added coconut to the top of half of them. 10stars

  17. Helen says

    These look so amazing and the closest to having ingredients I can eat. Wondering if by any chance you think they would work made with avocado instead of nuts? Even if they don’t stay together beautifully – they are only for me to eat! I’m not eating nuts, beans, sweet potatoes or any of the options in the other awesome looking brownies and desserts. Thanks for your input.

    • Helen says

      Or cauliflower, carrots or some other veggie? That’s what I’m eating right now – raw fruits & veggies – and I can’t get these brownies out of mind! LOL!

  18. Charity K says

    I wasn’t sure about this going in but I’ll give any recipe on chocolate covered Katie a go because I’ve learned to trust her. (Seriously that chickpea chocolate chip pie was one I thought “no way” and it made me a believer!) anyway, commenting to say that these were FABULOUS. Easy as anything. First thing I said after eating one was I need more dates so I can make more of these! I’m not sure what everyone else was using but I used Medjool dates that I manually pitted and swapped walnuts for pecans as thats what I had on hand and they were amazing. Going to be my go to, I think! Thank you again.

  19. Priya says

    Hi Chocolate Covered Katie! My auntie got me some of the softest, sweetest dates from her tree in Dubai and I used them to make this recipe. It’s sooo good, so sticky and delicious. It doesn’t have a straight sweetness but a rich, dark chocolate taste which I actually enjoy more. Thanks!

  20. Kristina says

    These are INSANELY good. I stopped eating refined sugar a couple months ago and thought I would never find a solution for the brownie shaped hole in my heart, but these are so so good and feel so guilt free. Thank you!

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