No-Bake Brownies Recipe

Walnuts, cashews, and dates make this no-bake treat extra indulgent.

You don’t always need an oven to make brownies. This easy dessert recipe uses raw cacao powder and walnuts, cashews, and dates to make them more decadent. 


No-Bake Brownies Recipe

Marie Gonzalez
Walnuts, cashews, and dates make this no-bake treat extra indulgent.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Others
Servings 16 pieces


No-Bake Brownies Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups walnuts divided
  • 1 Cup whole almonds (you may also use split cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 3/4 cups pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder otr raw cocoa powder


  • Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the edges. Set aside.
  • Place ¼ cup walnuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Place remaining walnuts, almonds, and salt in the food processor; process until fine. (Don’t process too long or else the mixture will turn into nut butter.) Transfer to another bowl.
  • Place dates and vanilla in the food processor; process until finely chopped and sticky. Add water by the tablespoon (about 4 to 5 tablespoons or as needed), whizzing until a ball forms.
  • Add cocoa powder and process until combined. Occasionally stop whizzing to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula or spoon.
  • Add walnut-almond mixture; pulse until combined. If the mixture seems thick, use a spoon to mix it through.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared pan and press down with a silicone spatula or your hands. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
  • Cover pan with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes or refrigerate for at least 1 hour before slicing with a sharp knife. Serve frozen or chilled. (Store sliced brownies in the freezer for up to 3 months, with layers of plastic wrap or wax paper in between.)
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