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Fudgy No-Bake Brownies

A quick and easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth while
keeping it healthy.
Prep Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16 2-inch brownies
Author: Dr. Michael Greger & Robin Robertson from The How Not to Die Cookbook


  • Food processor


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 1/3 cups dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup crushed pecans


  • Grind the walnuts and dates in a food processor until finely ground. Add the almond butter and process until well mixed. Add the cocoa powder and pulse to mix well.
  • Transfer the brownie mixture to an 8-inch square baking pan. (If you line the pan with parchment paper, it will make it easier to remove the brownies.) Use your fingers to press the mixture evenly into the pan. (You can place a piece of parchment paper on top of the mixture as you press it into the pan to prevent it from sticking to your hands.) Once the brownies are firmly pressed into the pan, sprinkle the top evenly with the crushed pecans, pressing them into the top of the brownies.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares.

23 responses to “Fudgy No-Bake Brownies

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  1. can’t wait to try making these!!
    thank you.

    it sounds similar to my vegan fudge frosting. peanut butter, cocoa powder, honey, soy yogurt, OJ

        1. We all understand that there is a different between eating something that has naturally occurring sugar (like dates, which also contain antioxidants and phytonutrients) and sugar (devoid of nutrients), right? Goodness.

    1. Honey is not a Vegan product, though. Unless you are using a Vegan honey substitute, it is not Vegan. It is very excellent that your diet is plant-based, though. You are still choosing dietary regimens that are overall better for the biosphere, more ethical, and with many individual health benefits. Remember, there is a difference between discussing the science of plant-based diets, and discussing Veganism (an ethical stance that seeks to minimize as much exploitation, as many premature deaths, and overall damage as possible. From the Vegan standpoint, using honey unnecessarily exploits and sometimes kills bees – who are critical for pollination (along with other species).

  2. Made these today- they are incredible. I didn’t have any walnuts so substituted hazelnut flour. I jazzed them up with some spicy pecans :)

    1. I don’t have A food processor so I used my vita mix. It was difficult and took a lot of manual scraping and stirring. I definitely see why a FP is recommended. I will say it was worth the work. My family loved them! We heated just few seconds in the microwave and it was like a warm fudge brownie! OMG they are very rich and very addictive!

      My hubby’s favorite new dessert.

  3. I never knew honey was off limits for vegans until recently. It struck me as odd. I understand the ideology of vegans …but honey? Really? I think of how bees make it and I can’t see any downside to it. If anything it should be great for the environment considering how honeybees populations are at critically low levels. We simply harvest the by product of pollination. Without bees you wouldn’t have most fruit and some vegetables. It’s not bad for you in moderation either. Based on what I’ve read it seems to have many good benefits. So maybe I’m wrong or missing something…. I don’t know since I’m not vegan.
    The brownies sound good and I’m looking forward to trying them but I’ll probably add a few tweaks. Healthy tweaks of course. Lol.

    1. I think it’s because the bees need the honey they make to feed their young. Less honey means less young bees. At least that’s what I read and it made sense.

    1. I was curious too. I plugged in the exact recipe and servings on and it looks like 104 calories per piece (5.8g fat, 1mg sodium, 13.5 total carbs, 2.7g fiber, 9.6g sugar, 2.9g protein)

  4. Fantastic recipe. I didn’t have quite enough nut butter so used a bit of tahini to make up the difference. So good!!! I think I’ll use even more tahini next time.

    1. While I tend to use almond butter, I have used cashew butter and other nut butters and find them just as good as almond butter.

  5. I didn’t have dates so I substituted prunes. I tried mixing it in the Vitamix but it didn’t work too well. We have a Kitchenaid but not the grinder attachment. I think I will get the grinder attachment and see how that works. Anyway, with the prunes its delicious. When I get some dates I’ll try it that way too.

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