raw brownies

Raw Brownies

raw brownies

These brownies taste like heaven. They are unbelievably wonderful. Just so sweet, gooey and rich. No matter how many hundreds of times I make them I still can’t quite believe how they turn out and how easy they are – just four ingredients in a food processor. 5 minute brownies. Yet they still taste identical to normal brownies with the same perfectly squishy, melt-in-your-mouth texture. I’d never have guessed that it was possible to make sugar, dairy and gluten free brownies, it surprises everyone I feed them too. They’re always the biggest hit at a party. And they’re so healthy – packed with fibre and protein. Just wow. This is my favourite go-to dessert. Anytime I crave something sweet I throw the ingredients in the processor and 3 minutes later every craving I’ve ever had is sated, it’s perfect. You’ll never ever want refined sugar again.

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Makes 10 brownies

- 2 cups of medjool dates (they’re the squishier, stickier, tastier kind of dates)

- 1 cup of pecans

- 2-3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (optional and can be replaced with any other liquid sweetener)

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This is the easiest recipe. Simply blend the pecans in a food processor until they form a crumbly mixture, then add the dates and blend again before adding the cacao and maple syrup.

Place the mixture into a baking tray and either refrigerate for 3-4 hours or freeze for one to allow them to set. Then keep them in the fridge for freshness.

    1. lana lane

      these look wonderful; BUT fructose intolerant people can not have fructose, most sugars, honey OR aguave syrup….any idea what to replace that with and how much?

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      1. ellawoodward Post author

        I make these all the time without the agave, the dates make them sweet enough and they taste so delicious! So yes my advice would be just to leave the sweetener out! Hope you love them!

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    2. Zoe

      Ella, these are AMAZING! I whipped them up in 5 minutes and have had to leave the kitchen so I don’t eat then all at once!! Also I’ve recently purchased a spiraliser so will be trying out your courgette spaghetti later! Your blog is a god send and having recently turned vegan, has opened my eyes to all the creations available!!! Also I’ve told some friends about your blog and now they’re hooked too! Keep up the good work! Zoe x

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  3. snottydog

    Sweet mary, mother of god, and allah be praised….!! :-O

    No, I’m not religious, but I’ve as near as dammit had a religious experience – these things are INSANELY delicious, more so considering they are gluten and dairy free!!

    I almost didn’t make these because I’ve recently read that Agave is basically a fructose, and therefore can spike your blood sugar and should be avoided just as much as regular sugar, if not more – but I had the last dregs in the bottle, which was enough for this recipe, so I figured I’d finish it up rather than waste it.

    Just the smell is amazing – even my dog was sat grinning, waving his paws at me and giving me “…..but **please** mum….!” eyes!

    (I know – cocoa/cacao is not dog friendly. I’ve rarely seen him so disappointed!)

    I made a few “judgement calls” on the amounts as I only had a few each of the dates and pecans left, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to nudge them up, and it worked out just fine. I think next time I might try subbing honey instead of agave. Have you ever tried that, Ella? Any idea whether that works or not?

    And thanks for the recipe, I think I’m going to be popular! :-D

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    1. Ella Woodward

      I’m so glad that you loved them! People disagree a little about agave, but it has an incredibly low GI (a lot lot lower than honey etc) and so has a really minimal effect on blood sugar. It would work just as well with honey though I think. Let me know when you try!

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      1. Impo

        I just made these with honey instead of agave, as unfortunately I don’t have any. They tasted perfect, and I accidentally ate the whole batch instead of letting them refrigerate.

        No regrets!

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  5. rokderm

    This sounds abosultely amazing! will be trying these ASAP! PS. I really like your blog, I love the way you eat, and I hope to include more of your healthy recipes into my diet, as healthy living is something I’m very preoccupied with!

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    1. Ella Woodward

      Thank you so much. They really are amazing – could not recommend them more! I’m so glad you like the blog, I hope you do manage to incorporate more of these recipes into your life – they’re mostly super easy and always so delicious!

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  7. Holly

    I made these an hour ago – so, so, so delicious! I used brown rice syrup in place of the agave nectar. They’re divine – thank you, Ella! They will definitely be a staple in my household too.

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  8. Francesca

    Hi Ella :)
    I made these earlier this evening and they are sooo delicious. I could literally sit and eat the mixture with a spoon. Not surprisingly they have all gone, so I plan on making some more tomorrow so thank you for the recipe. I also love your blog :) xx

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    1. Ella Woodward

      Thanks Francesca! I literally do sit and eat the mixture with a spoon almost every time I make them – it’s so addictive and too delicious. I’m so happy you agree!

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  9. Stephanie

    Hi Ella,
    Discovered your website today & love it! Just made a batch of these because they look so good…they’re still in the fridge but I licked the spoon & it was so good!! Can’t wait to eat them! We have started eating a plant based diet to help my boyfriend with his diabetes so I look forward to trying a lot of your recipes. Thank you!

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    1. Ella Woodward

      Hi Stephanie,

      I’m so glad that you found my website and that you love it – makes me so happy. Great choice to state with these brownies, they’re my absolute favourite – I always eat them with a spoon, so hard to find the motivation to leave them in the fridge sometimes! I really hope that these plant based recipes inspire and motivate you and your boyfriend to help his diabetes. Please let me know if you have any questions on adopting this kind of lifestyle :)

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    1. Ella Woodward

      Hi Kate, I’m glad you love the look of these! I actually really don’t know the weights – I literally just use a drinking cup or mug to measure them, as long as you use the same glass to measure all the ingredients it will work perfectly! Hope that helps! Can’t wait to hear what you think once you’ve tried them!

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  10. Impo

    After making these for so long I found that you can sub the agave for 1 small, mashed, then melted ripe banana – which I think is really cool! Only nuts, fruit, and cacao in the recipe that way!

    Thanks for the amazing recipe, Ella! I’m positive it will be the base for nearly all my desserts! I bought raw cacao instead of plain cocoa powder for it – and it takes even better! Yay!

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    1. Ella Woodward

      Oh yum, the mashed banana sounds heavenly – I’m going to try that next time, really excited about it. Thank you for sharing! I’m glad you’ve discovered the deliciousness of the raw cacao too, it’s so insanely awesome, way nicer than plan cocoa and so much better for you! I use this as the base for all my desserts, it so easy and delicious! :)

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        1. Jenna

          These brownies sound delicious but is there an alternative to the nuts? Allergies.. bain of my life. I love chocolate and would love something quick to whip up like this.

          just recently started following your recipes in a bid to help myself feel better. I have always struggled with pasta and rice and heavy processed foods, leaving me with upset stomach etc for days so i am trying to turn a new corner with my eating habits and i am loving my new obsession with rainbow bowls and smoothies.

          Here’s to more food adventures :)

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      1. Impo

        I’m so glad you liked my recommendation! After tons of your amazing recipes it feels nice to finally share one of my tricks!

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          1. Carly

            Haha – I thought maybe for a moment I was losing it!! But here… in Impo’s original post…

            After making these for so long I found that you can sub the agave for 1 small, mashed, then melted ripe banana – which I think is really cool! Only nuts, fruit, and cacao in the recipe that way!

            :-)

          2. ellawoodward Post author

            Oh I see, I was looking everywhere in the recipe for it! Yes it really works with banana, it’s so delicious with it – I cut the really ripe banana into quarters and throw it into the processor with the dates and cacao (after the almonds have been crushed). Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  11. Becky

    I made these with almonds and honey (reduced to 1 Tbsp) and they were very, very yummy! The texture is more grainy than a brownie but the flavor was very similar.

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    1. Becky

      One minor suggestion, if offering these delicious raw brownies to a non-health-enthusiast, then it might be best not to call them “brownies” since they may have false expectations (speaking from experience), perhaps a name like “Chocolate Date Bars” would give them a better idea of what to expect. I however love them just the way they are!

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    2. Ella Woodward

      I’m so glad that you loved them! I totally agree that the texture is a little grainer, I think that’s inevitable as the ingredients are so different but the stronger the food processor you use the less grainy they become :)

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      1. Becky

        Thanks for the tip! I used my coffee grinder to grind up the nuts this time, then I added them to the food processor along with the other ingredients. The brownies weren’t grainy at all, they are more gooey. I didn’t chill them before eating them, so I don’t know how they firm up. I’m eating them right now and they are delicious! :)

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  12. Joan

    Hello! This is the second batch I’ve made and they are simply fantastic, and so easy. Even though the brownies are not low calorie, it seems like I can eat almost all I want and not gain weight like I do with regular brownies! Thanks for the recipe! -Joan

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    1. Ella Woodward

      Hi Joan. I’m so glad that you love the brownies! I also totally agree about the calorie situation, I no longer even think about calories and there are some really interesting studies about how people on a higher calorie healthy diet lose more weight than people that eat a lower calorie processed diet – the best book that talks about this is Ultra-Metabolism by Mark Hyman if you’re interested. I think this is one of the best things I’ve learnt about healthy eating, that eating should be about enjoying a well balanced diet and not depriving yourself, I’m slimmer than ever and eating more! It’s amazing :)

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  13. Louise Wright

    Just made these! Didn’t have enough dates, so I added sultanas and prunes too… And I didn’t have pecans so I used almonds and walnuts. Still turned out to be totally delicious though! Definitely making these again when I have more ingredients! So hard not to eat the whole lot at once! Thanks for the recipe Ella :)

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    1. Ella Woodward

      I love the brownies with walnuts and almonds, I use this combination a lot but haven’t tried using sultanas and prunes – it sounds delicious! Totally agree that it’s so difficult not to eat the whole thing at once, it’s just too delicious! :)

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  14. Serena

    these were incredible! If anyone has a nut allergy, I subbed sunflower seeds and they tasted heavenly. They are a perfect dessert! If I made them again, approx. how many dates is a 1 1/2 cups? Thank you!

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    1. Ella Woodward

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you loved them so much and it’s really awesome to hear that sunflower seeds work so well, I’ll be sure to pass that on to people! I 1/2 cups is probably around 12 dates, depending on their size :)

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  15. Maren Fulbright

    I just made these and I had the batter all over my fingers from spreading it in the pan…I licked my fingers completely clean! I am in love with this recipe! My 14 month-old loves them, too and I don’t mind letting her have some! It’s a wonderful day when mom and baby are both happy about the food:)

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    1. Ella Woodward

      I’m so happy to hear that! It’s really wonderful that you both loved them so much and that you’ve found something deliciously sweet but awesomely healthy that you can give your baby! :)

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      1. Maren Fulbright

        Yeah not only that but when I started making them my husband started complaining that I was using pecans because I guess he hates them but after he ate half the batch of brownies! Miracles:)

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    1. Ella Woodward

      Hi Jassie. Sadly it’s quite hard to substitute the dates in this recipe as they the main ingredient and without them everything else can’t stick together. Saying that it could work to use 1 really ripe banana and a handful of dried figs – would that be ok?

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  16. anniewoodcock

    Hi Ella,

    A friend pointed me towards your blog a few days ago and I think your recipes and whole food philosophy are amazing. It’s so encouraging to hear your story as I’ve suffered various digestive complications for years and have tried hundreds of elimination diets to try and sort it out but nothing’s ever really worked in the long term, so I’m about to start eating like this for a while and see how it goes! I’ll be mostly using your recipes – I’ve tried a few and they’re so so yummy. I just have a few questions for you – do you drink at all? I obviously won’t for the first few months of this but I’m a student and don’t want to miss out completely on that whole scene, but I know how bad alcohol is for the body! Also, do you just have smoothies or juice for breakfast usually or is that just a side to something else (like fruit, or your muesli or something)? Thank you so much for these recipes – I’m hoping they’ll help me finally sort myself out!

    Annie x

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Annie. I’m so glad that you love the blog so much! I really hope that eating like this helps your digestive issues, I found that getting rid of processed foods, dairy, gluten etc worked magic for me! The drinking issue is complicated though, alcohol really doesn’t make me feel well so sadly I can’t drink a lot but like you I don’t want to miss out on everything so I drink at parties etc but not at dinners, if that makes sense? So probably a few times a month. I also stick to good quality vodka on the rocks with lemon, when it’s ice cold its delicious! Wine and most spirits are filled with sugar, which aren’t great, likewise tonic and most mixers. Vodka is the purest alcohol and lemon alkalinises the body so it’s really not too bad at all for your health. And for smoothies yes thats all I have for breakfast, I make big ones though, normally with two bananas as the base and then lots of other fruit, some spinach or kale, dates and then a mixture of some nuts/seeds/super-foods, either chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, hemp protein, spirulina, maca, oats, almond butter etc. Hope that helps and really hope you feel better! x

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      1. Angelica

        Hi there! I know it’s a bit off topic, nothing to do with the brownie recipy, which I MUST try, I just wanted to share my personal experience regarding the alcohol question, maybe it can help.
        Perhaps due to my partly german heritage I used to drink only beer, until my doctor suggested I try a gluten free diet to my improve energy levels. Even though there are a few gluten free beers, naturally and traditionally brewed beer contains gluten, so I tried wine, but it’s just not my thing, I like to call it “rotten juice”. Also, when poduced commercially preservatives are added to stop it from turning into vinegar, which some people claim gives them head aches. Yes, it’s not the wine itself, but the preservatives! Spirits are not for me either, my body just screams POISON, whenever I have tried. My latest discovery however and the reason I’m writing this is a delicious apple cider! I really enjoy drinking that. It’s like sparkling apple juice with a little kick, a relatively low alcohol content of 4.5%. My local favourite here in NZ is Old Mout.
        Last but not least, thanks Ella for sharing! I’m glad I somehow through pinterest stumbled upon your blog. I’m super keen to try your recipes! The first one will be the almond, quinoa and pumpkinseed bread.

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  17. Lauren

    Hi Ella,
    I’m embarking on a change up of my diet and in researching it I stumbled across your blog and I absolutely love it! I can’t wait to try some more recipes.
    These brownies are insanely delicious. Are you sure they’re good for us? Is Dutch cocoa the same as raw cocoa powder? If not, I’m finding it a bit hard to find raw cocoa powder. I live in Canada. Any suggestions?
    Thx
    Lauren

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Lauren. I’m so excited for your new change of diet, I hope it makes you feel amazing! Yes raw cacao is really good for you, you can read all about the goodness here http://deliciouslyella.com/ingredients/cacao/. Dutch cocoa is not the same at all though as it’s super processed so doesn’t contain the same amount of nutrition at all. I have lots of friends in Canada who use it so I’d say just go online and I’m sure you can easily find a store that will send it to you! :)

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  18. Hayley

    Hi Ella!

    Just wondering if the pecans should be toasted? I’m guessing not, but have you ever tried this recipe that way? Not that it would change how delicious they would be. Thanks for the info. I’m obsessed with your blog and instagram account – you’ve inspired so many recipes for me! Thanks again!

    Hayley

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Hayley. The pecans don’t need to be toasted, I’ve never tried it with them toasted – I think the taste would be amazing but I wonder if the nuts would be too crumbly for the recipe. I think I need to try it! So glad that you love the blog and instagram so much and that they inspire you to try the recipes, it’s amazing to hear, thank you!

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  19. Ivi Chin

    Dear Ella,

    I absolutely love your blog and I really want to try this recipe! Will it work with a blender as I don’t have a food processor! xxx

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I’m so glad that you love the blog so much, thank you – it’s amazing to hear! In answer to your question most blenders aren’t strong enough to crush nuts and blend them with dates so sadly I don’t think it will work, sorry!

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  20. yuri

    Hi ella, i love your recipe, i live in mexico that is posibible to substituite medjool dates for another sweetnees because it so dificult follow in this monts in mexico only in december.
    Thaks so much

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      1. Angelica

        Hey Ella, I recently made a yummy seedy nut slice where everything was held together by pureed apricots and prunes and I also added the solid bit that settles at the top of a can of organic coconut cream. You know how it seperates when it doesn’t contain emulsifiers?
        Those three ingredients mixed together, then added chopped nuts and seeds . When chilled this holds together really nicely. It’s a whole different recipe of course, not the soft squishy brownie texture, but perhaps an interesting starting point for an experiment.

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  21. Alice

    I’d have to say, that these brownies totally knocked it out of the park! Being a hungry and busy vegan ballerina on a budget, these were quick, easy, and made with simple ingredients that I already had lying around. They are absolutely delicious, and I didn’t feel guilty about eating them! They didn’t sit in my stomach or make me feel heavy. These were great! 5 stars!!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I’m so happy to hear that you loved them so much, thank you! I’m totally obsessed with them for all the same reasons! :)

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  22. Sarah Clegg

    Hi Ella, I made this recipe and the brownies look delicious but mine were so oily! I didn’t use agave because I didn’t have any but I used golden syrup, does that have anything to do with the oilyness? Also are these clean and healthy? Because I feel so bad eating them because they seem unhealthy but I keep telling myself they are….
    Thankyou Ella, I love your recipes <3
    Sarah x

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Sarah. Sorry to hear that, sadly I think it was the golden syrup! Golden syrup is really not so healthy and it has a very different consistency to agave so it also doesn’t get absorbed in the same way which is why they were so oily. I often just skip the sweetener completely but otherwise pure maple syrup can work too. Hope that helps and so happy you love my recipes! x

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  23. Sarah Clegg

    Hi Ella, I made this recipe and the brownies look delicious but mine were so oily! I didn’t use agave because I didn’t have any but I used golden syrup instead, does that have anything to do with the oilyness? Also are these clean and healthy? Because I feel so bad eating them because they seem unhealthy but I keep telling myself they are….
    Thankyou Ella, I love your recipes <3
    Sarah x

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  24. Jessica

    YAY!!!! Husband loved them! I gave him a bite without telling him what it was, he asked if I made pounds of if! I’m trying to find ways to get him to eat healthier but he still can have his sweets. I love your site and can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Thank you so muchfor sharing your recipes and knowledge. :-)
    I also make my own almond milk because of you. Which I was so super excited about that my coworkers think I’m crazy (I went to work after I made it the first time as was telling them all bout it). But I love the idea of “making” my owe food. Thanks again!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      So glad that your husband loved these, it’s so awesome to hear! I totally know what you mean by people thinking your crazy, it makes me laugh so much! :)

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  25. Bonita

    Hi Ella, can organic coconut nectar be used instead of maple syrup, I don’t have any of that left in the pantry at the moment but do have the coconut syrup. Looking forward to making these for my little grandaughter (s) AND me
    cheers

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  26. BB

    Hi Ella! First, I would like to thank you for all your amazing food blog-it has really transformed the way I, and my family eat! That being said, I love the taste of these brownies but they come out way too gooey – why do u think this is happening ( could it be I’m using too many dates)? Also, do u think I can add almond or peanut butter to the recipe to switch it up? Thanks!

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi. I’m so glad that you love the blog so much, thank you! Yes I think use less dates next time, dates can be tricky as sometimes they are way gooier than other times so quantities can be tricky. You can absolutely add nut butter, it’s delicious – you’ll need a few less dates using this too :)

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  27. Josefine

    I made these yesterday, half the batch. I’ve got two left in the refrigerator right now … but they won’t last long. I tried eating one with some heated peanut butter on, YUM. I’m gonna try some almond butter next, maybe as a layer between the two I’ve got left.
    Thanks for another awesome recipe :) This one, along with the hummus are my favorites so far.

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      It’s all natural fruit sugar so it has a very different effect on our bodies, it’s not damaging or inflammatory in the way that white sugar is!

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  28. Amelia

    Hi Ella, I was just wondering if you knew how many calories were roughly in the brownies?
    I know it may be hard to tell so it’s not a worry if you aren’t sure but if you did happen to have a rough idea that would be amazing! Love all your recipes, thank you so much!

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  29. Felicity

    These are just the best thing ever! I eat healthily and workout but I think my love of chocolate means I sometimes sabotage a lot of my good work – well, now I can indulge without the guilt (especially seeing as they are so intense, a small square is all I need). So happy to have discovered these – thank you!

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  30. Heidi

    Just came across your blog last week. Like you, I have a major sweet tooth and after weaning my family off of white sugar, I have been dying for brownies (my all time favorite)! THANK YOU! The first time around, my husband and I polished off the whole batch after the kids went to bed. I just made another batch tonight in hopes that there will be left overs in the morning to pack in the boys lunches. Absolutely delicious!

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  31. Laura

    These are so delicious – I’m really delighted to have stumbled across your blog – as are my flatmates who have been enjoying raw brownies ever since! Looking forward to giving some of your other recipes a go so keep sharing!
    All the best,
    Laura xx

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  32. Charlotte

    Not sure if eating 50% of this even before it went into the fridge was a good idea… I just couldn’t stop myself :O Thank you for making my evening perfect and delicious!!

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  33. Charlotte

    Oh my god these are absolutely delicious! I couldn’t find cacao to begin with so I used cocoa powder and they tasted really nice but i just found cacao at my local health food store and made these tonight and they are amazing, so much more rich than the ones I made with the cocoa powder. I made them for my family as well and they can’t get enough of them. Thanks so much for all of your recipes, I always turn to your blog for everything! :)

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  35. Madi Riley

    OBSESSED with these. These are my go- to treat to bring to potlucks/ classes/ simply to share with friends and prove that raw vegan desserts don’t have to “taste healthy”.
    Also, quick question: I posted on my own personal blog about these brownies, and I realized I never cited your blog so I just went back and added a comment referring readers to your site for the original recipe… would you like me to do anything else/ do I have your permission to post? Just don’t wan’t to be plagiarizing your recipe or anything! ;)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Madi. I’m so glad that you love them! I would really love it if you could please take that post down or edit it to say its a Deliciously Ella recipe and link back to my blog for the recipe. This blog is my career and I do own the recipes so I would really appreciate you doing one of the two – I hope you understand! Thank you :)

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  38. lauren

    Where did I go wrong!?!!! Lol very typical me but I had a nightmare making these… I put the almonds in the blender and blended them a little so they were crumbled, but my vitamin didn’t even like that(kept getting stuck all around the blade). Then I added the dates, and my vitamix was definitely not having it and stopped working :(! So then I just emptied it into a bowl and mixed it all together… So they won’t be as smooth as suppose to be I guess but the mix still tasted good! but I just am wondering what to do different for next time!?x

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  39. Claire Smith

    I made these last night as I knew my friends were coming over. I asked them to try them and give me their verdict before telling them how healthy they were! No one could believe how something so healthy and with so few ingredients could taste so good! They were all gone in about half an hour!!!!!!!! I made another batch today but this time made half of them with some almond butter- amazing! I had dates leftover so I decided to make your Nutella and it was absolutely delicious ( there is hardly any left already!)

    Love your recipes!
    xxxxx

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  40. janice

    I would like to know how many calories, carbs, fat, sugars, and proteins in grams the brownies have.

    thank you

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Janice. I’m so sorry but I don’t look at those things! I’m all about counting goodness!

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      1. lauren

        Ella what food processor do you use!? I tried the link on here but it doesn’t show the processor anymore! Thanks :) x

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  41. Bo

    Hi Ella,

    I’m from the Netherlands and found your blog through instagram. And I am SO thankful for that, cause your recipes are absolutely amazing!!! Made these brownies today and had to stop myself from eating them all. It’s my birthday tomorrow and I’ll definitely give these to my friends. Thank you so much!

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  42. Karen

    Ella, I made this today. WOWOWOW! I haven’t had brownies since I adopted the plant-based lifestyle. These are better than the real thing and so fast to make. Thanks again!

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  43. Maria

    I’ve made these a few times now as I absolutely love this recipe! I replaced some of the cacao with carob powder this time and it was also really delicious….

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  44. McKenzie

    Can you make these without the pecans? What would you suggest as an alternative or can you just leave them out all together?

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      The pecans help with the texture so I would recommend you replace them with another nut such as almonds if you don’t want to use pecans although this will alter the taste!

      Ella x

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  45. Gemma & Isobel

    Oh my!! Isobel and I just made these and we both enjoyed licking the spoon a bit too much! Isobel is 2 years old so she can be excused :-) I, on the other hand, have no excuse! Apart from they are sooo delicious I couldn’t resist! Think you Ella, these are amazing!

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  47. Stuart Aitken

    Hi Ella,

    Love the brownies, only one problem! The mixture broke my food processor haha. Would you recommend any brand of processor to ensure this does not happen in future?

    Thanks :)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Stuart,
      Sorry to hear that. You can see the kitchen equipment I use on my Philosophy page.

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  48. Bina

    WOW WOW WOW!!! Amazing! I had to force myself to refrigerate them or they would have disappeared in one go! I’m going to add a nut butter next time to try – I think there are some great possibilities to add extra’s for variations. Your blog is fantastic- everything I have made is unbelievable and delicious! Thank you so much!

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  49. Rezveer

    Just made these… Since turning to your blog for sweet treats (and everthing else!), I am really noticing the dodgy taste of processed sweet stuff. Your wonderful recipes are helping me cut down so much! I always tag you in my instagram pics but wanted to thank you for sharing so much of your hard work and perfected recipies! Thank you Ella! X Rez PS needless to say the brownies are amazing! So yummy and nutty and soft! And most importantly sweet! But all goodness! Yuuum! X

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  50. Lauren

    Hi Ella, these look so good, and I can’t believe how healthy they are! Just one small question before I make them, can you use a hand blender instead of a food processor? Thanks:)

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Dates are really sticky so hold the mixture together so I don’t think it would work, sorry.

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  51. Sarah

    Hi Ella,
    Your blog is fantastic!! There are are so many awesome recipes. This one in particular has been great because I’ve developed a huge sweet tooth during my pregnancy and I’ve been eating heaps of these. The only problem is that in the small town where I live medjool dates are ridiculously expensive!! Is there anything else I can use? Would general dried pitted dates be alright to use, or are they not very good?

    Thanks,
    Sarah

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    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      Regular dates are fine for smoothies etc but for brownies and baking medjool dates are much stickier so hold the mixture together better. You could possibly try ordering online?
      Ella x

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  52. Lauren

    Sorry for the overload of questions but how can I get it to set? I made a batch yesterday and they’ve been in the fridge all night but they’re still the sticky and gooey mix they were when I made them. How do they set?

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  53. Ellie

    Hi Ella,

    Been making a couple of your recipes this week for my family and they loved them! Just made these brownies at my mums house in her tiny food processor as she had nothing else and took ages to make! Had to add some water so make it a smooth mix and then ended up eating most of the mixture! Couldn’t believe how good it tasted! Could definitely be served as a mouse! Thank you so much more these recipes. They are literally saving me as I’ve just become gluten free!

    Ellie

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