• Amy Lees


I'm a natural skeptic - maybe that's because I went to a high school called "The Science Academy" and was taught to question everything - or maybe the reason I am so skeptical is because I have been SEARCHING for YEARS for a healthy brownie recipe that actually tastes like non-healthy brownies...without success.

Don't get me wrong - there are plenty of healthy brownie recipes that taste yummy, but nothing close to what my non-vegan, fully baked brownies taste like. And sometimes, a girl just needs her brownies, you know?!

I have been playing around with this recipe for a while and the secret ingredient was definitely the dates. I haven't worked with many date-inclusive recipes, but that is changing now.

Of course, I think everyone should have their own creative freedom to play with the ingredients, but the dates and measurements in this one are PERFECT, so don't mess it up! JK JK JK. I love you. Here, have a brownie. ;)

Some notes before you get started:

• Medjool Dates - they have pits inside, so just squeeze each date until they pop right out!

• Cacao Powder - cacao is a less processed form of cocoa powder.

• Almond Butter - take a look at the ingredients list to ensure it has only almonds.

• Mini Morsels - opt out of the morsels and grab your favorite bark of dark chocolate instead! Just be sure to chop it into pieces.


1 cup walnuts 1 cup Medjool Dates, pitted (about 10 dates) 1/3 cup cacao powder, or unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tablespoons organic almond butter 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional but oh so recommended


  1. Use a food processor or blender to finely blend up the walnuts.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips until it forms a clumpy dough.

  3. Add the chocolate chips if you want them and blend them in too.

  4. Roll into balls and refrigerate in an air tight container! You can also spread the mixture on the bottom of an 8x8 casserole dish for a more traditional looking brownie (I recommend balls).

  5. Optional Toppings: pink Himalayan salt (sweet + salty anyone?), cacao powder, or ground walnuts.

This 5 ingredient brownie recipe is gluten free, dairy free, grain free, and worry-free! Enjoy!

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