These no bake brownies are so easy to make and only three ingredients. They are also a healthy treat as they don’t contain any flour, eggs, butter or refined sugar.
I try to avoid turning on my oven as much as possible these days, so I am really enjoying no bake desserts. These brownies come together in about 5 minutes and then you just need to let them set. You can serve them as is or top them with an easy chocolate frosting to really make them chocolatey.
- Cocoa Powder
Walnuts can be substituted with other nuts like almonds, cashews or pecans. The nuts act as a binder for these brownies. I chose walnuts since walnuts are often added to brownies.
I recommend using Medjool dates, but they can be made with other types of dates. You do want to use a type of date that is very soft with a lot of flesh, which is why Medjool dates are so ideal. Drier, smaller dates don’t work. The dates in this recipe provide sweetness as well as the chewy texture for the brownies.
Any unsweetened cocoa powder will work. You can also use cacao powder.
While these brownies can be eaten plain, adding some sort of chocolate frosting on top will make them look even more delicious. Plus it makes them even more chocolatey. Some frosting options include:
- Using a Chocolate Spread
- Drizzling Melted Chocolate on Top
- Making a chocolate frosting (this is what I used)
More Healthy No Bake Recipes
- 3 Ingredient Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
- 3 Ingredient No Bake Oatmeal Cookies
- 3 Ingredient No Bake Oatmeal Bars
- No Bake Pumpkin Brownies (No Flour, Eggs, or Butter)
3 Ingredient No Bake Healthy Brownies
- 1 cup raw walnut halves
- 1 (packed) cup pitted medjool dates
- 4-5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
Chocolate Frosting (optional)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Add walnuts to food processor and pulse until nuts are very small, about the size of large crumbs. Add dates and 4 tbsp cocoa powder. Pulse until dates turn into a thick paste. The mixture should be sticky and it should hold together. Taste and adjust as needed. If you want a stronger chocolate flavor, add 1 more tbsp cocoa powder. If you want something sweeter, you can add more dates. If you feel that the mixture is not sticky enough or too dry, add 1-2 tbsp of water and pulse again.
- Line the bottom of an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Firmly press brownie mixture into the pan. Place brownies into the fridge to set (about 1 hour).
- If making frosting, combine oil and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Mix until smooth and completely combined. Your mixture should look like melted chocolate. Add in maple syrup. (Do not add maple syrup until the end. The maple syrup will cause the chocolate to seize and will thicken the mixture. If you add it with the other ingredients, it will make it very difficult to mix.) Stir until evenly mixed. Spread frosting over surface of brownies after they are set
- If you want the frosting to be firmer, place brownies back into fridge for 15-30 minutes or until frosting is more set. Slice brownies and serve. Store uneaten brownies in the fridge.
- Medjool dates can be substituted with other dates. Please see the post for more details.
- I recommend using a new package of dates or a recently opened pack, otherwise your dates may be a little dry.
- Walnuts can be substituted with other nuts. Please see post for more details.
- You can grind the nuts to the size you prefer. If you want bigger pieces, you can pulse them less. If you want barely visible pieces, pulse more.
- Please note that for the brownies in the photos, the frosting has not been refrigerated. I added my frosting on after removing the brownies from the fridge. For a firmer ganache-like frosting that is less messy, frost the brownies and then refrigerate them for 15-30 minutes until the frosting becomes firmer.
- I include other simple frosting ideas in the post.
- Estimated Nutrition 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.