No-Bake Vegan Nut-Butter Brownies

There’s something about brownies that make us feel, well, blissful. Maybe it’s the way that they combine the best of the worlds of cookies and cakes. Perhaps it’s the ingredient that makes everything better (cocoa!). But we’d like to do without that side serving of guilt that comes with your average brownie. This recipe incorporates the healthy fats in a variety of nuts with the good-for-you qualities of cocoa powder. Cinnamon and vanilla add natural sweetness while dates create the perfect chewy texture. But the best part? They’re no-bake!

No-Bake Vegan Nutty Brownies

 

No-Bake Vegan Nut-Butter Brownies

Makes 8

Ingredients

1/3 cup of nut butter (natural peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter)
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder or carob powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup of almonds
3/4 cup chopped dates

Directions
1. Use food processor to grind almonds. Add remaining ingredients, one by one, until completely combined.

2. Place mixture baking pan and press down.

3. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, then cut.

(Note: If you want to reduce the calories, experiment with using smaller amounts of dates and replacing them with plum baby food, unsweetened apple sauce, plain Greek yogurt or unsweetened almond milk. The consistency will be softer. Another option: Cut smaller brownies and top with sliced fresh fruit.)

Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

About Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

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