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3 Ingredient No Bake Breakfast Brownies (No Flour, Refined Sugar, Eggs, Butter or Oil)

These no bake brownies are made with just 3 ingredients and are healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast. They don’t contain any flour, added sugar, eggs, butter or oil. They don’t require any cooking or baking. They are chocolatey, chewy and sweet.
a stack of five no bake brownies.

I call these breakfast brownies because they are made with ingredients normally associated with breakfast and are healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast. I love how easy these are to make and they store well.


  • Medjool Dates
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Almond Butter Or Quick Oats

I’m actually sharing two versions of these breakfast brownies. One version uses a nut butter like almond butter, though you can substitute with other nut butters or use sunflower seed butter for a nut-free version. The other version uses quick oats.

The nut butter version is more fudgy and almost like a dessert. It’s quite rich. The quick oats version tastes more healthy and isn’t as sweet. It is like eating a brownie-flavored protein bar.
close-up photo of the stacked brownies.

How to Make No Bake Brownies

These brownies don’t need cooking or baking. Instead, the dates are blended to make a date paste. The other ingredients are then mixed in until a dough forms. The dough is then pressed into a baking pan and placed into the fridge to set.
close-up of a brownie.

Brownie Sweetness

Because these are meant to be breakfast brownies, I did not want to make them overly sweet. They are sweet but they are not super sweet. The almond butter version is sweeter than the oats version.
a stack of no bake breakfast brownies.

More Easy Brownie Recipes

3 Ingredient No Bake Breakfast Brownies

Servings: 8 brownies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Easy no bake brownies that are healthy enough to eat for breakfast using just three simple breakfast ingredients.
5 from 11 votes


  • 1 packed cup (180 g) pitted medjool dates (1/2 packed cup 90 g for almond butter version)
  • 2 tbsp (14 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (45g) quick oats or 1/2 cup (122 g) natural almond butter


  • Line an 8 x 4 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Soak dates for about 10 minutes in warm water.
  • Drain dates from water but do not dry them. Add dates to food processor. Pulse until a thick paste forms. Add in cocoa powder and almond butter (or oats if doing oats version). Pulse until everything is fully blended. Your mixture should resemble a sticky dough. If you are doing the oats version, your mixture may be a little dry. If it is, add 1-2 tbsp of water and blend again until a sticky dough forms.
  • Place dough into prepared pan. Use a spatula or your hands to spread and press the brownie mixture evenly across the pan. If desired, place into fridge for about 30 minutes to 1 hour to firm up. This step is not necessary as the brownies can be eaten right away but putting them in the fridge will let them firm up slightly, making them easier to cut. Store uneaten brownies in an airtight container in fridge or at room temperature.


  • When you are finished making the brownies, you can taste and adjust as needed. If you want your brownies more sweet, add more dates. If you want more chocolate flavor, add more cocoa powder. If your batter is too sticky, add more oats or more cocoa powder.
  • The nut butter version of these brownies is very rich, almost like a dessert. The oat version tastes healthier and less sweet. It is more like eating a brownie flavored protein bar.
  • Almond butter can be substituted with any other nut butter or with sunflower seed butter. 
  • I do not have a substitute for dates. Make sure to use Medjool dates which have more soft flesh than other date varieties. If the medjool dates you are using are not pitted, remove pits before weighing/measuring them.
  • My favorite Medjool dates to use are Double Date Organic Medjool Dates.*
  • *This product link is an affiliate link. This means I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.
  • Nutrition estimate is for the quick oats version of the brownies.


Serving: 1brownie, Calories: 90kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 15g, NET CARBS: 18g

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.

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88 comments on “3 Ingredient No Bake Breakfast Brownies (No Flour, Refined Sugar, Eggs, Butter or Oil)”

  1. Soak dates for how long?

  2. Can powdered almond butter work for this recipe? I am new at using the powder version.

  3. Where would you get an 8×4 pan.. Did you mean 8×8?

  4. Need more information on quantity of portions

  5. These are easy and delicious, like eating fudgy brownie batter….YUM!

  6. Haven’t tried recipes yet, BUT my son is vegan and what great ideas for snacks they are for him.
    Not often I see a recipe that I can bake easily for him without changing too many ingredients

  7. Hi. I absolutely love these things! I want to make a bunch at a time and freeze them, but does anyone know if they freeze well? How would one go about freezing these?

  8. Thank you so much for sharing, dark chocolate is my weakness and recipe looks so easy I will definitely try it.

  9. I made them with Sayer dates and they turned out fine. Almost like eating a Larabar. I am thinking of replacing the oats with peanuts.

  10. Have you tried making the recipe with 1/2 quick oats and half almond butter?

  11. I found the medjool dates a little expensive. So I tried it with Sayer dates and they turned out fine. Almost like a Larabar. I will add a little bit of sea salt next time. May even try chpped nuts/peanuts too. Delicious and easy to make.

  12. I am diabetic looking for something healthy

  13. I like to find new recipes to cook that is easy and non fattening
    I liked the foods with the 3 ingredients you cooked with.

  14. I love to share all recipes with my friends so they can enjoy this too!!!

  15. Thank you for this wonderful brownie recipe! I used the gluten free almond butter version. It was great!

  16. Wow. Very healthy and tasty. No heat required = lower carbon footprint, too! Thanks.

  17. While I realize the Nutritional Data is “only estimates,” it is Wholly Useless w/o Portion Size.

    How many brownies does this make?

    • The recipe makes 8 brownies – this info is listed in the recipe card at the end of the post. Hope that helps!

  18. Could you do this 1/2 and 1/2? So you use 1/4 cup of each of the quick oats and almond butter?

  19. I wonder if anyone tried half half with the oats and nut butter?

  20. I am only interested in your 3-ingredient recipes that are healthful….no sugar, etc….like this one. Thanks. Judy.

  21. I have date paste, the only ingredient is dates, do 6ou think I could substitute?

  22. I have not tried th 3ingredent yet,but like what you use…stay tuned

  23. Hi
    these are fabulous 🙂
    I made these with almond butter, rather than the oats

    I can’t see it, but how many servings is this recipe?
    How much is 1 serving?

    • I’m glad you liked them! The servings information is under “Servings” You can find it right underneath the recipe title in the recipe card. This recipe makes 8 brownies. 1 serving is 1 brownie.

  24. Hi Kirbie,
    I’ve enjoyed reading your easy to make recipes with only a few ingredients but usually I was missing one when I was actually about to make it. But today was my lucky day for your yummy, quick brownies (my favorite dessert) as I had all the ingredients available including the medjul dates which had been sitting around for a while. I actually made two versions, one with oatmeal (plus added vanilla) and the other with peanut butter and cocoa. I tried a little of both already and prefer the chocolatey one but my husband will like the vanilla one as he is not a fan of chocolate.
    I’ll try to send
    you the pics.
    Thanks so much.

  25. Can you use other flavors than chocolate? I’m just thinking of other breakfast bar flavors.

  26. Sounds great. Can’t wait to try

  27. Can you combine and do the nut butter and oatmeal?

    • yes you can. You would need to reduce the amounts of each but you can use both. I don’t know the exact amounts without testing it.

  28. Very good yum!

  29. Thank you for this recipe, it is wonderful and so easy.
    I used raw cacao (this is what I had at hand) and added two tablespoons of chopped roasted hazelnuts (a leftover from another recipe) and a generous pinch of Maldon salt.  I did not have the right size pan so I just rolled them into 17 small balls (less than a tablespoon size).
    It is absolutely delicious and plenty sweet for me. 🙂

  30. I’ll try this recipe

  31. Not really brownies…but still a good recipe

  32. Recipes are really cool

  33. Hi, can i substitute quick oats with instant oats since this recipe doesn’t involve baking?

  34. I can’t stop eating these brownies!

  35. I haven’t baked yet. I love that there are not a lot of ingredients needed. I will try some this week!

  36. Delicious! Have made these several times. Takes care of my chocolate cravings and is probably better for me.

  37. Yum. Any diabetic recipes

    • We recommend consulting with your health provider to determine if recipes are appropriate for your dietary needs.

  38. This should be my go to food… A breakfast and dessert in one

  39. My Mother Had A Cake Receipe. Cake Pan Cake.

  40. Simply brilliant, easy, healthy, quick and delicious! Just up my street! Thanks for this great recipe ??

  41. I love these non bake brownies So Deliciously Awesome!
    Instead of Almond oil. I used Coconut oil instead amazing same taste… My kids had no idea the difference in taste using no dairy products.

  42. I need the recipe?

  43. Can you use half oats and half almond butter with 3/4 cup of dates?

    • We haven’t tried half oats and half almond butter, but think that will work. We haven’t tried reducing the dates – let us know how it works for you!

  44. I can’t wait to try these. Thank you!