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3 Ingredient No Bake Healthy Brownies (No Flour, Eggs, or Refined Sugar)

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.
a stack of four brownies.

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.

Ingredients

  • Walnuts
  • Dates
  • Cocoa Powder

Walnuts

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.

Dates

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.

Cocoa Powder

Any unsweetened cocoa powder will work. You can also use cacao powder.
no bake brownies lined up.

Frosting Options

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)

close-up shot of a stack of brownies.

More Healthy No Bake Recipes

3 Ingredient No Bake Healthy Brownies

Servings: 8 squares
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Easy healthy brownies that don't contain any flour, eggs, butter or refined sugar.
5 from 18 votes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie square, Calories: 200kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 294mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 17g, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 1mg, Net Carbs: 20g

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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74 comments on “3 Ingredient No Bake Healthy Brownies (No Flour, Eggs, or Refined Sugar)”

  1. Fantastic 

  2. What is the substitute for maple syrup

  3. Nyummy recipe! Will try it soon 🙂

  4. Can’t wait to try for my grandkids

  5. Is it possible to use something like plums in place of dates? Or melted chocolate in place of cocoa powder? Those are just things I happen to have.

    • I haven’t tried with dried plums. It may work but the taste of the plums might be strong. Dates have a pretty mild taste which gets mostly covered up by the cocoa powder and nuts.

    • Plums sounds like you’re making a laxative. Always try the receipe ingredients before you try substituting.This here receip calls for dates not prunes,dear.

  6. How would you suggest storing them and how long would they keep?

  7. After making the point about no refined sugar, it only makes sense to make a frosting without refined sugar either, I suggest carob syrup and cashew butter mixed with cocoa, to get rid of a plain old fat. I will try this tonight with a homemade hazelnut butter, carob, cocoa combo.

  8. This recipe is very similar to a Middle Eastern treat, where the date paste is rolled into a small ball and coated with finely crushed nuts, powdered sugar, or other “toppings”. So I made your recipe but made the traditional balls instead of the brownie shape. They were delicious, easy to make, and tastier than the purchased ones.

  9. Can you use Carob powder as it is better than chocolate. Would it be the same amount?

  10. Thanks….was looking for a healthier option!

  11. I joint like dates, can they be replaced with something else.

  12. I loved it!

  13. They are delicious.

  14. Any idea what the glycemic index is on these?

  15. I really like yo recipe n looks so appettising

  16. I have not prepared no bake brownies because I just read the recipe and it seems to be quite nutritious, healthy and yummy too

  17. Hello! I have just finished making this recipe but the dough that came out was too thin. I had to double the amount of the ingredients in order to have a final result of 10×20 cm and approximately 2 cm high.

  18. These are great. Thank you. Such a brilliant combination.

  19. This recipe is absolutely fabulous…Tried it…and loved it.
    I made it with almonds, and my twist to the recipe was to mix dark chocolate to the brownie base and then refrigerate kt, after topping it with sprinkles!
    Thanks for sharing.

  20. Did you know that dates have a large percentage of sugar in them. So really you can’t say they have no sugar.

  21. so super easy to make and is delouses

  22. I would love to try this but I only have roasted walnuts available. Is that okay?

  23. Luvd the recipe.. it sure was yumilicious!!

  24. Unbelievable. Wasnt expecting it to be this good. Added more dates wasnt sweet enough. Doubled frosting. Cant wait to share with my gluten free, dairy free friend and others

  25. I made these with Deglet Dates and black cocoa powder. They taste amazing! I like black cocoa powder in place of regular cocoa powder for depth of flavor and extra fiber and protein.

  26. Awesome! Texture is very similar to fudgy brownies and the taste is exceptional. I substituted Deglet dates and black cocoa powder. I prefer the black cocoa powder for added depth of flavor and extra fiber and protein. These are so good I’m afraid I’ll be eating them more often than I should!

  27. I made these with mixed raw nuts as in the base. I used older dates so the mix was dry, I just added 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil and it worked like a treat. So delicious! Glad to find an easy Healthy raw recipe that is refined sugar free!

  28. Omg I did my shopping,got all the ingredients that I need to make my brownies just to finish reading through how to prepare….I DON’T HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR.
    I guess I can zip lock and squeeze away any frustration

  29. Great recipe .Super yummy 🙂 Thank you

  30. I used pecans instead of walnuts, and deglet noor dates instead of medjool dates, but this recipe came out amazing! It was very moist and had a rich chocolate taste, loved it! 🙂

  31. Omg these are SO tasty! Will double the recipe next time!

  32. I love this recipe! I think it tastes wayyyy better than a normal brownie! My mom got very sick earlier this year (flu and covid together) and she can no longer have refined sugar. Natural sugar is okay for her. She no longer wants me to make regular brownies for her. All she wants are these. She says for her they are more like a fudge protein bar, but she said she can’t eat anything else like this. I am so glad you put this recipe together! Thank you thank you!!!

  33. I made the brownies without the frosting, they were delicious. Thank you.

  34. I love ?. However, I eat 98% fresh and raw. So, last week I asked the UNIVERSE for something tasty, nutty, and chocolatey. Sunday as I looked over the news headlines, this article appeared: Chocolate Cookies, only three ingredients; no refined sugar, no eggs, no flour, no bake chocolate cookies. Ingredients: cacoa, almond butter, and maple syrup. I had cacoa, substituted coconut oil for almond butter, substituted dates for maple syrup, added cashew flour, and sprinkled tops with hazelnuts and English walnuts. My grandson said they tasted like Ferro Rocha. My request to the UNIVERSE was answered. I made my second batch this evening. They are everything I could imagine and more. They look like cookies. They hold up like cookies. But they taste HEAVENLY! AH SO HEAVENLY! Thanks so much for the recipe.

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