No Bake, Gluten Free Cacao Brownies


Batch of Raw Vegan Brownies cut into squares and topped with walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts 
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 1/2 cups dates (pitted // if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes then drain // 2 1/2 cups equal ~15 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup cacao chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


      • Place 1 cup walnuts and the almonds in food processor or Nutribullet and process until finely ground.
      • Add the cacao and sea salt and pulse to combine. Transfer to bowl and set aside.
      • Add the dates to the food processor and process until small bits remain. Remove and set aside.
      • Add nut and Cacao mixture back into food processor and while processing, drop small handfuls of the date pieces down into the food processor or blender spout.
      • Process until a dough consistency is achieved, adding more dates if the mixture does not hold together when squeezed in your hand. You may not use all the dates.
      • Add the brownie mixture to a small parchment lined dish and toss to combine and evenly distribute. Then press down with hands until it is flat and firm. I like laying down a piece of plastic wrap to prevent sticking and get it really flat.
    • Lift parchment paper to remove brownies from dish and use hands to slightly squeeze in the sides to create a smaller square – this will make the brownies slightly thicker and more dense.
    • Transfer back to dish and place in freezer or fridge to chill for 10-15 minutes before cutting into 12 (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) even squares. 
    • Frost brownies generously with frosting and then top with additional raw walnuts and cacao nibs (optional). Slice into 12 even squares (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
    • Store brownies in an airtight container to keep fresh. Will keep for 3-4 days at room temperature, or in the freezer for at least 1 month (though best when fresh).