Decadent Guilt-free No-bake Brownies
“These dense, super-fudgy brownies are ridiculously easy and quick to make. The bonus? They’re guilt-free because they’re sweetened with dates!” —Marie Gonzalez, Healthy Approach, 2012 to present
Believe it or not, these bars are no-bake, flourless, and dairy-free! They’re made with only the good stuff.
Makes 15 to 16 pieces Prep Time 15 minutes, plus freezing time
✔ 1¼ cups walnuts, divided ✔ 1 cup whole almonds or split cashews ✔ ½ teaspoon coarse salt ✔ 1¾ cups pitted dates ✔ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ✔ ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder or
raw cacao powder
1 Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the edges. Set aside. 2 Place ¼ cup walnuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. 3 Place remaining walnuts, almonds, and salt in the food processor; process until fine. (Don’t process too long or else the mixture will turn into nut butter.) Transfer to another bowl. 4 Place dates and vanilla in the food processor; process until finely chopped and sticky. Add water by the tablespoon (about 4 to 5 tablespoons or as needed), whizzing until a ball forms. 5 Add cocoa powder and process until combined. Occasionally stop whizzing to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula or spoon. 6 Add walnut-almond mixture; pulse until combined. If the mixture seems thick, use a spoon to mix it through. 7 Transfer mixture to prepared pan and press down with a silicone spatula or your hands. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. 8 Cover pan with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes or refrigerate for at least 1 hour before slicing with a sharp knife. Serve frozen or chilled. (Store sliced brownies in the freezer for up to 3 months, with layers of plastic wrap or wax paper in between.)