These no bake brownies are fudgy, chewy and easy to make. They don’t require any cooking or baking. They are just 3 ingredients and don’t need flour, eggs, butter or oil. They make a good quick snack or dessert.
These no bake fudgy brownies are delicious and a great easy treat. They are also made without dates and without any special kitchen tools. They can be enjoyed chilled, which is perfect in this heat.
- Cocoa Powder
- Almond Butter
- Maple Syrup
Cocoa Powder: This recipe uses unsweetened cocoa powder. I made it with dutch process cocoa powder but I think it should also work with natural cocoa powder. I prefer dutch process because it has a richer color and flavor.
Almond Butter: Almond butter gives these brownies a chewy, fudgy texture. Make sure to use natural almond butter because the batter will not thicken correctly with regular almond butter (which has added oils). The only thing listed in the ingredients should be almonds. Almond butter can be substituted with natural peanut butter.
Maple Syrup: This recipe uses pure maple syrup which is used to sweeten the brownies and to thicken the batter. Some maple flavored syrups will work, if they have a very watery consistency. Honey and other similar thick sweeteners will not work because they will not thicken the batter the same way. Low carb maple flavored syrups with a watery consistency should also work.
How to Make No Bake Brownies
The cocoa powder and almond butter are first stirred together until evenly combined. The maple syrup is then added in. When the syrup is stirred in, your batter will actually thicken to a dough consistency.
The batter is then pressed into a baking pan and placed into the fridge to firm up. The brownies are then ready to be served. You can also frost them with chocolate frosting if desired.
No Bake Brownie Texture
Because these are no bake brownies, they will not have the same texture or crumb of traditional baked brownies. But they do have a chewy and fudgy consistency that makes them taste like brownies. The brownies are lightly sweetened. If you want to make them sweeter, you can add chocolate chips or chocolate frosting.
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3 Ingredient No Bake Brownies
- 3/4 cup (192 g) natural almond butter
- 3 tbsp (21 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 ½ tbsp (66.5 ml) maple syrup
- Line an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add almond butter and cocoa powder. Mix with a spatula until cocoa powder is completely incorporated into the almond butter and the batter is uniform in color.
- Add in the maple syrup. As you stir in the syrup you should notice the mixture thicken considerably. Continue to stir until all the syrup is incorporated and your batter is thick enough to form a dough ball.
- Press brownie dough into prepared pan, spreading it evenly across. Place into fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour to let the brownies firm up more. If you wish to add frosting, add it after the brownies are set. Store uneaten brownies in the fridge.
- Please see post regarding potential ingredient substitutions. Make sure to use natural almond butter because this will not work with regular almond butter. Also make sure you use maple syrup or a syrup with a similar watery consistency. Honey and other thick syrups will not thicken the brownie batter enough.
- These brownies are lightly sweetened. If you prefer sweeter brownies, you can add up to 1 more tbsp of syrup. You can't add too much syrup because the batter will not be able to absorb it all. Other ways to add more sweetness to the brownies are to add chocolate chips or add a chocolate frosting.
- Optional chocolate frosting: If you want to use the frosting I made in the photos, you will need 2 tbsp melted coconut oil, 1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (dutch process does not work) or cacao powder, and 2 tbsp maple syrup.
- First mix the coconut oil and cocoa powder until smooth. Then stir in the syrup until incorporated and the frosting thickens.
- Nutrition estimate does not include frosting.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.