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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Plant-Based Healthy No Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

Chocolatey plant-based no-bake brownies that are secretly healthy~ too good to be true~ so fudgy!

 I have a sweet tooth that has to be tamed. While I have no problem with occasionally enjoying sweets, I prefer to eat healthy treats that are lower sugar as my body feels better with healthy food. I am already making most of my sweet treats as I have to avoid dairy due to a dairy allergy. So my thinking is might as well make my sweet treats healthy and guilt-free. That way I can enjoy my treats and not have to worry about my food choices.  So I am glad that I discovered these no-bake salted chocolate brownies. They are so easy to make and these brownies are made with healthy wholesome ingredients.

Perfect for so many meal plans

These rich gooey chocolate squares can be enjoyed on so many food plans as these no-bake brownies are

  • Made without refined sugar
  • Vegan 
  • Gluten-free
  • Grain-free
  • Raw
  • Dairy-free
  • Plant-based
  • High protein
  • Healthy ingredients
They look and taste like brownies

 These rich chocolate no-bake brownies look and taste too good to be a healthy treat. The chocolate sweet treats taste like brownies and have a fudge-like texture. They say an important part of food tasting good is how the food looks, so your mind will try to make you think that these delicious treats are loaded with sugar but they are secretly healthy. Your friends and family will be surprised that these gooey chocolate treats are made with dates and nuts.  Cocoa powder is the secret ingredient for the intense chocolate flavor.

Dates, walnuts, and cocoa powder blended into pure delight!

 The no-bake raw plant-based brownies have the chewy texture like a brownie so your mouth will be happy after the first bite. The chocolate frosting is what makes these vegan brownies taste so good. So make sure to spread the gluten-free brownies with the gooey chocolate frosting and then sprinkle a bit of salt on top. Salt and chocolate just were made for each other. A sprinkle of coarse salt just brings out an amazing intense chocolate flavor.

Looking for a Keto-friendly cookie?

Check out my recipe for Keto Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies

Satisfy your chocolate cravings

 The no-bake dairy-free brownies will satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate cravings and are the perfect treat for healthy meal plans. I like to make these chocolate treats for healthy after-school snacks for my kids. These no-bake treats can be stored out of the fridge for several days so they are the perfect healthy treat to send to your kids at college.

Freezer friendly no-bake brownies

 These moist brownies freeze well too and can be stored in the freezer for 3 months. So I make sure to stash some of the healthy brownies in my freezer so I can enjoy one when I am craving chocolate. So I always have brownies when I want a sweet treat that is healthy. The healthy no-bake brownies can be enjoyed straight from the freezer but they taste best if you allow them to thaw for 20-30 minutes.

Make different flavors of the no-bake brownies

 These no-bake brownies can be made with different flavors. You could add a couple of tablespoons of peanut or almond butter to the raw brownie dough for a chocolate peanut butter taste. You could omit the cocoa powder and substitute peanut butter powder for a peanut butter bar. Another idea is to add a couple tablespoons of peanut butter powder to the chocolate frosting for an amazing chocolate peanut butter frosting. Instead of the sprinkling of salt, top the brownies with walnut halves or chocolate chips.

 The recipe is super easy and fast to make. You need to make the recipe. I would love to see your pictures. Tag me on Facebook or Instagram @momknowsbest15

Helpful hints

 I recommend using a food processor to mix the brownie ingredients together. I used my high-speed blender and it took a long time for the ingredients to mix up as they got stuck way too many times. It does take about 3-5 minutes for the walnuts and dates to blend together with the cocoa powder so be patient. Also, it may seem that brownie dough may need more water when you are blending it in the food processor, but don't add more. Just keep mixing and the mixture will get smooth.

Line the brownie pan with parchment paper or wax paper that is bigger than the pan. Then fold the paper over the brownie dough and press on the paper to mold the brownie dough to fit the pan. The paper will also help you get the sticky, gooey brownies out of the pan. Frost the brownies after you place the brownie square on a plate. After frosting the brownies, wait a couple minutes for the chocolate frosting to set before cutting the brownies into squares. Cut the brownies slowly as they will be gooey but they will hold their shape.

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Plant-based Healthy No Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

Plant-based Healthy No Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

Yield: 16
Ooey gooey, chocolatey unbaked brownies that are secretly healthy


brownie dough
  • 2½ cups loosely packed pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
chocolate frosting
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons  melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • coarse salt for sprinkling


How to cook Plant-based Healthy No Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

  1. Combine the ingredients for the brownie dough in a food processor.
  2. Process until completely smooth, scraping down as needed. Don't worry if it seems dry, it will be fine so don't add extra water.
  3. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan, or line the pan with parchment paper.
  4. Transfer the brownie dough to pan and press very firmly until dough is evenly distributed in the pan.
  5. Then make the chocolate frosting and spread evenly over dough in the baking pan. 
  6. Refrigerate brownies for at least 2 hours, to set. 
  7. Leftovers can stay covered at room temperature for a day, or up to 2 weeks in the fridge,
chocolate frosting
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all frosting ingredients, except coarse salt.
  2. Stir until mixture forms a paste (this is the frosting).
  3.  Spread evenly over dough in the baking pan. Lightly sprinkle the coarse salt over the brownies.
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GiGi Eats said...

Plant-Based and NO BAKE?! Oh man, these sound dangerous and um, they LOOK insanely delicious! I would NOT be able to control myself around them!

Monica said...

Even though I'm not on a plant based diet I would totally give these a try. Especially since they're no bake too!

Brianne said...

Those look so good! I may not be vegan, but I'm definitely team "no bake"! I have to make these.

Lisa said...

We’ve been trying to eat more of a plant-based diet at home, so this is a perfect recipe for us!

Mom Knows Best said...

These are so good and since they are so rich, one square is satisfying

Chad said...

yaaassssss...I love salted chocolate brownies!!! I can't wait to try a vegan recipe of it, I can't wait.

AiringMyLaundry said...

I do love brownies, so I'll have to try these. I've never tried plant based brownies, so I'm intrigued.

The Super Mom Life said...

I can't wait to try these! I bet they are as good as they look.

Marie at Complete Literature said...

These look amazing! I would love to save some for the freezer, but I have teenage boys--nothing lasts in this house!

Kathy said...

These look so good. With the frosting on these they look even better. I have got to make these.

Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com said...

I would have to give these a try before I judge. I would love to see if my kids could tell the difference.

Susan said...

I love to find recipes for healthier versions of my favourite desserts. This looks delicious.

Sherry said...

I am so craving brownies right now. I just want to reach out and grab one.

Cristina Petrini said...

Looking at these sweets one would not believe that they are not cooked and made from plants. Excellent !!!

Toni said...

That looks really amazing! I love healthy treats like this!

Sarah M said...

I am not much into baking and in this I don't need to bake. This recipe looks both delicious and enriched in nutrition.

Emily said...

THese look great. I am gluten free and I miss treats that taste delicious.

Wrapped Up N U said...

Well I would try these! It would be fun to see what my kids think of them! Thant is the real test!

Ruth I said...

I am now craving for this delicious treat! I love some chocolate sweets.

Lyanna Soria said...

Those brownies look absolutely delicious! I deinitely love that it's no bake and my kids would totally love this.

Lisa Joy Thompson said...

I love brownies and the thought of making a no-bake brownie is intriguing. I'll have to try this sometime soon.

Why Girls Are Weird said...

I have such a bad sweet tooth but it's so hard when I'm trying to be healthy. These would hit the spot! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us!

Prime Beauty said...

Thank you! My sweet tooth is out of control so healthy and no bake brownies is a total win for me!!!

supermompicks said...

These look amazing and I love the ingredients list! My daughter is interested in going vegan.

Brit said...

I’ve never had vegan brownies but these look delicious!!

Marysa said...

These sound very interesting, and I love dates, so this sounds like a perfect combination. It is nice to have some alternative baking recipes.

Kathy said...

These look amazing. I have got to give these a try. I like that they're a healthier option too.

Monica Simpson said...

I love using dates to sweeten things. I also love that these don't need to be baked!

Janeane Davis said...

I like the idea of no bake brownies. The fact that these are plant based gives them a special appeal.

alita said...

This is what I need, No-bake salted chocolate brownies. And I love healthier options when it comes to baking

Marysa said...

What a fun idea for brownies! I'll have to grab some coarse salt for this recipe.

Forever My Little Moon said...

These look so yummy! I will have to give them a try!

Kathy said...

Wow, these look amazing. I have got to try them out. I'll have to get the ingredients to try this soon.

Eileen M Loya said...

Oh my. These brownies are the best ever. I love that it is super healthy and it is a no bake recipe. Perfect! Thanks for the recipe. Bookmarked! Making it this weekend.

Elizabeth Neas said...

I don't think you can lose with no bake and healthy. Plus with the fact that they are rich enough that you will only want one. That will keep you/me from over indulging! That is a win-win. Thank you for sharing.

Lynndee said...

Perfect timing! My son was just asking for brownies. Haven't tried preparing no-bake brownies, though. Will save your recipe! -LYNNDEE

Terri Steffes said...

I am going to try these! I can't believe these aren't baked!

Ckrusch said...

They look amazing! I can't wait to try them!

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