Healthy no bake brownies recipe | so fudgy and chocolatey!
I hope you guys don’t get tired of my brownie blog posts, but seriously who gets ever tired of eating brownies?! Not me! So after sharing my recipes for these Sweet Potato Brownies and my Best Vegan Brownies, I decided to make Healthy No Bake Brownies. They aren’t fully raw, that’s why I don’t call them raw vegan brownies, but they are almost raw and you can actually make them fully raw (continue reading to learn how).
I got asked a few times if I prefer no bake brownies or regular baked brownies. Well, I love both, I always thought I prefer baked brownies because you can include veggies or legumes to the brownie batter and furthermore they contain less fat (at least my recipes are low in fat). However, after eating these healthy no bake brownies I am not sure anymore because they are so fudgy, gooey and delicious. So yes I love both, and these no bake brownies are actually also relatively low in fat. Oh, and did I mention they are also vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free?!
Made with flax seeds
These healthy no bake brownies contain a good amount of flax seeds which are so beneficial for our health as they contain lignans: “Flax is the #1 whole-food source of lignans with 800 times more lignans than most other foods. The phytonutrient is associated with prolonged survival in cancer patients, especially breast cancer”. Also “eating a tablespoon of ground flaxseed daily may help prevent and treat diabetes.” For more interesting info, check out this page. I love it when my food is not only yummy but also healthy. So by eating these healthy no bake brownies, you are actually doing something good for your health, awesome right?
Healthy no bake brownies with 6 ingredients
My almost raw vegan brownies contain only 6 ingredients, which are dates, flax seeds, cacao (or cocoa) powder, peanut flour, vanilla and agave (or maple) syrup for the glaze. You might use almond flour (ground almonds) instead of peanut flour (powdered peanut butter), I tried it out and it turned out great as well. However, I really love how these brownies came out with peanut flour (powdered peanut butter), the taste is amazing. You can buy it in most big supermarkets in the US or order it from Amazon.
Raw brownies resp. no bake brownies are typically richer than baked brownies that’s why I prefer to cut them into smaller pieces. Not only are brownie bites cuter than regular sized brownies, but they can also be neatly transported in a bento box. I noticed that eating one of these brownie bites totally satisfies my chocolate cravings as they taste more like chocolate candies. And don’t worry, you can always eat more than one little brownie. You can make these brownies raw vegan by using raw agave syrup instead of maple syrup, vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract, raw cacao powder instead of cocoa powder and almond flour (ground almonds) instead of peanut flour (powdered peanut butter).
These healthy no bake brownies are:
- Refined sugar-free
- (Raw) Vegan
- Easy to make
- High in protein
- Relatively low-fat
Healthy no bake brownies with a chocolate glaze
Brownies are delicious, but brownies with a chocolate glaze are even better. Especially no bake brownies need a good chocolate glaze, trust me, I am talking from experience haha. If you don’t want to make your own chocolate glaze, you can simply melt dairy free chocolate chips, but they contain of course more fat.
These brownie bites are so easy and fast to make and leftovers can be stored in the fridge or freezer. I cannot wait to hear if you like my healthy no bake brownies. If you try them out, please leave a comment below and tag me with @elavegan and #elavegan on Instagram and/or Facebook.
Grind the flax seeds in a coffee grinder (or food processor) until they turn into a powder. You can also use 65 g of store-bought GROUND flax seeds but make sure the flax meal is fresh
Mix all dry ingredients in your food processor, then add the dates and vanilla extract and process until the dough sticks together when you press it between your fingers. It might take a while until the dough comes together. If it's still too dry after some minutes add a few additional dates or a little bit of maple syrup or raw agave syrup. Your dates should be very soft and juicy. If they aren't moist soak them in water until they are soft
- Line a 5-inch square baking pan (double the recipe if you have an 8-inch or 9-inch baking pan) with parchment paper and leave about a 2-inch overhang on both sides. Grease the paper with a little bit of oil
Transfer the brownie dough to the pan and press it down firmly
- To make the glaze, just combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix everything together with a whisk
- Pour the glaze over the brownie dough and put the pan into the freezer for about 1 hour to set
Cut into 16 equal brownie bites and enjoy! Store leftovers of your healthy no bake brownies in the fridge or freezer
- If your dates aren't soft/moist enough I highly recommend soaking them in (warm) water until they are soft.
- You can skip the powdered peanut butter in the chocolate glaze and use 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp of regular peanut butter (or any other nut/seed butter). However, I would recommend adding more cocoa powder otherwise the glaze might be too runny.
- The Nutrition Facts are for one serving if you cut the batch into 16 brownie bites. Calculation includes the low-fat glaze (made with powdered peanut butter).