Gorgeous Raw Brownies

Thank you Deliciously Ella for the original recipe, now tweaked & made my own.  If you only try 1 recipe from this website, try this!

Low Sugar






Gluten Free


1 of 5 a day

Gorgeous raw brownies


9 (maybe less)

Ready In:

1 hour 15 mins

Good For:


About this Recipe

It is difficult to convey how good this tastes, & how much healthier it is for you than traditional brownies (though moderation still required!)

For nut allergies—use sunflower seeds, it may help to soak them 1st.

For a xmas variation add in the zest of an orange to the mix before whizzing, swap 100g of cranberries (naturally sweetened) for dates,  and add 1 tsp ground allspice.  before placing in the tin.


  • 140g whole nuts (I used half walnuts / pecans),  or chopped / ground nuts if you prefer
  • 400g pitted dates roughly chopped (they don’t have to be Medjool but need to be plain, no coatings)
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp raw honey (optional)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)



  1. Put the dates in a large bowl or jug & pour over hot water. Leave for 1 hour, longer if you like.  Then drain really well (you can drink the drained water)
  2. In a food processor pulse the nuts until they are crumbly.
  3. Add everything else and mix until the mixture has come together, you may need to wipe down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment and press the mixture in (wet the back of a spoon) to look like brownie. Alternatively it can be rolled into little balls.
  5. Place in the fridge for about an hour (if it even makes it to the fridge!).  If you feel they are not setting you can put in the freezer for an hour.  Keep refrigerated after this.


Health Benefits

Raw cacao powder is seemingly packed with benefits.  Anti-oxidants, magnesium, calcium, healthy fats—this is 1 of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat.   Research shows it is great for good moods & brain function, energy levels, heart health, gut health, skin & nails.

Dates are a healthier replacement to sugar in baking.  Though still high in (natural) sugar, the effect of this is moderated by the fibre contained. Dates are satiating & so can help with weight control.  They also contain nutrients like potassium, zinc & selenium which refined sugar does not.




Walnuts— if you only eat 1 type of nuts, eat walnuts!  Full of good fats, fibre & nutrients. These stars of the nut world will be good for your brain, gut, weight, cells, skin, heart, blood, immune system …….


Pecans are often used in desserts due to their toffee-like flavour.  High in vitamin E & some Bs, also high in potassium & antioxidants.


All nuts are high in calories & fats (albeit healthy fats).  Whilst studies show that eating a portion of raw nuts every day does not lead to weight gain, it is easy to overdo portion sizes & so for weight loss some restraint is needed!


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