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No-Bake Vegan Brownies

Photo: Jamie Vespa
Active time 10 mins
Total time 1 hr, 20 mins

Serves 12 (serving size: 1 brownie)

Finally, a brownie with benefits that you can feel good about eating. Our no-bake treats taste ultra decadent, yet are free of added sugar thanks to naturally sweet dates. Each vegan, gluten free brownie also boasts 6g fiber (about 25% of your daily recommended goal) and 6g of plant-powered protein. Enjoy them for dessert or as pre- or post-workout snack. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week, or in the freezer up to 1 month.


  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs

Nutrition Information

  • calories 251
  • fat 15.5 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 8.1 g
  • polyfat 5.3 g
  • protein 6 g
  • carbohydrate 28 g
  • fiber 6 g
  • cholesterol 0 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 88 mg
  • calcium 53 mg
  • sugars 19 g

How to Make It

  1. Line an 8x8-inch square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. Place walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts in food processor. Process until finely ground. Add dates; process until almost paste-like. Add cocoa powder, 1/3 cup of the peanut butter, and salt. Process until well combined.

  3. Turn mixture out into prepared baking pan. Use your fingers or the back of a measuring cup to firmly press into pan, working into all edges until smooth. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

  4. Place remaining peanut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 20 seconds, until softened. Spread peanut butter evenly over brownies and sprinkle with cacao nibs. Refrigerate again for 10 minutes. Slice brownies into 12 squares.