Raw date brownies require just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes for a healthier treat that’s perfect as an afternoon snack or on-the-go energy bar!
Woah, it’s Thanksgiving week. It creeps up on me every year somehow and here we are. Eeeek!
Then again, I did work my little tail off last week trying to get ahead a bit so I wouldn’t have so much “extra” to do this week.
I plan to take a breath. Slow down. Open my eyes and look around. Enjoy more giggles and snuggles with the kids.
And eat ALL the turkey day deliciousness! 🍗🍗🍗
Today’s Recipe Redux is all about healthier holiday desserts. Cause we’re coming into the season of cookie exchanges and parties and sugar overload.
So I’m bringing these 5-ingredient raw date brownies that I can feel good about eating any time of day.
Don’t get me wrong though. I indulge.
I have an annual girls gingerbread house decorating party (for us grown-ups, not the kids 😜) and we usually have all kinds of goodies.
I also try to go to my friend’s mother-daughter cookie exchange each year, J’s preschool has a holiday bake sale, my mom and I do our annual baking day to make treats before family comes to visit, and on and on.
And with all that going on out there, I try to really limit the extras I have here in the house.
Because, well, I have no self control. 😂
These wholesome raw date brownies are a great way to satisfy my insatiable sweet tooth and get my chocolate fix without going overboard during a time of year that’s always ripe with temptation.
They’re kinda like homemade Lara bar brownies – soft, chewy, chocolate-filled bites you can sink your teeth into.
And I particularly love that I can make such a small batch. It’s perfect for all of us to have one big or a couple small brownies. And then they’re gone.
(You may also want to check out my raw brownie bites, a very similar recipe but in a rounded ball form.)
They are also great packed for a school lunch or school snack and my husband loves to wrap one up to take to the office.
You could throw one in your gym bag or purse for an on-the-go treat, too. Great for days when you’re running from one thing to the next.
Notes on these raw healthy date brownies:
- I use about a teaspoon of water for these, but it will depend on how dry your dates are. Add as needed. The mixture will be crumbly but should stick to itself when it’s ready if you press it between your fingers.
- I pack these into a small 3″ x 5.75” bread pan that’s lined with cling wrap to get them pressed together. You could use just half of a side of a regular bread pan or another small container.
- You can also double the recipe and make it in a regular bread pan or quadruple the recipe and use an 8×8 pan.
- These are ready to go immediately – they hold together well enough that you can slice it right away. However, if I’ve got the time, I like to stick them in the fridge to get them to firm up a bit more.
- We either make 4 large or 8 small brownie bites from this recipe. The big ones are good as an energy bar substitute while the small ones are great for a quick snack or school lunch extra.
And if you’re looking for something a bit more indulgent, check out my grandmother’s 4-ingredient chocolate chip brownies. They’re the real deal and some seriously chewy chocolate deliciousness. 👍
I hope you give these easy no-bake date brownies a try, whether it’s during the holiday season or when you just need a healthier snack. And check out all the other great Recipe Redux posts below!
- 1 cup walnuts
- 10 large Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1-3 teaspoons water, as needed (see notes)
- Line a small 3" x 5.75” bread pan with plastic wrap and set aside.
- Place the walnuts in the food processor and pulse into finely ground.
- Add the remaining ingredients, without the water, and pulse until well combined.
- Add a splash of water, as needed, to get the mixture to come together. It will be crumbly but should stick to itself when you press it between your fingers.
- Press the mixture into the lined pan and smooth into an even layer, pressing down so it sets up.
- Slice and serve immediately (use the plastic wrap to lift the bars out of the pan to cut them) or refrigerate if you want to let the bars firm up a bit more. Store leftovers in the refrigerator, covered, for up to a week.
I generally use about a teaspoon of water for these, but it will depend on how dry your dates are. Add as needed to help the mixture come together.
I use small 3" x 5.75” bread pan, but you could use half of a side of a regular bread pan or another small container. (Or double the recipe and use a regular bread pan. Or quadruple the recipe and use an 8x8 pan.)
You can cut these to make 4 large or 8 small brownie bites.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g