Raw Walnut Brownies

Raw Walnut Brownies

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. I don’t think that’s true always, but certainly in this case it is. It’s amazing what you can make with just dates, walnuts, and cocoa powder.

This is something I’ve been making for years now. I think I learned the originally recipe from a food blog that no longer exists; it’s simple enough that you don’t have to write it down or bookmark a page to remember it. The trick to making these well is recognizing what consistency the dough should be; thankfully these are very forgiving and it’s easy to figure out after making a few batches(and you’ll want to make a few batches).

Raw Walnut Brownies Block

You can use any nut for this but I think walnuts are the best both for flavor and texture. They also pack a lot of omega-3s which are great for anyone’s diet. I’d suggest adding crushed walnuts into the batter dough after processing to give these a crunch.

Raw Walnut Brownies

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 8 squares):

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons water

Raw Walnut Brownies Ingredients


  1. Blend the dates in a food processor until they are pulverized and start to stick together.
  2. Add the walnuts and continue blending until the dough starts to stick to itself. Add water as necessary if your ingredients are too dry to clump.
  3. Lastly add the cocoa powder and continue blending until it’s mixed in.
  4. Dump the processed ingredients onto a piece of parchment paper. With your hands, clump them together into a square or rectangle.
  5. Freeze the dough for 5-10 minutes until it’s firm and cut it into even sized squares. Store in the refrigerator for freshness.

Raw Walnut Brownies Serving

You can add chocolate chips or other dried fruit to make this a little more exciting, but I think this is a perfect snack or pick-me-up for after a meal all on its own.

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10 Responses to Raw Walnut Brownies
  1. the 3volution of j3nn
    October 12, 2012 | 9:25 am

    Simple, healthy, and super yummy? These brownies have it all. I’ve enjoyed every raw brownie I have ever tried, so these would definitely do it for me. I might add some chocolate chips, just for good measure. 😉

  2. luv what you do
    October 12, 2012 | 11:31 pm

    I just picked up some dates from my mom and have been wanting to try RAW brownies. I’m saving this recipe!

  3. The Candid RD (Gina)
    October 14, 2012 | 7:26 am

    YES these sound AMAZING! Thanks, once again, for a great recipe Evan!

  4. thehealthyapron
    October 23, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    ooo really excited to try these!

  5. D
    October 27, 2012 | 8:33 am

    Hi Evan, Can you use raw cacao powder in place of cocoa powder? You think it would come out the same?

    • Wannabe Chef
      October 27, 2012 | 11:34 am

      I’m sure that would be a fine substitute

  6. sk
    June 22, 2013 | 5:44 pm

    I don’t have walnuts.Would almonds do?

    • Wannabe Chef
      June 22, 2013 | 5:45 pm

      Yes, any nut will work. The only thing that will change is the flavor.

      • sk
        June 22, 2013 | 5:49 pm

        Love your blog.Just discovered it a few days ago.

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