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.

  • http://glutenfreescdandveggie.blogspot.com/ Vicky

    These look to die for!

    • 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?

      • ellawoodward

        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!

        • Lesley Treble

          I make these into little balls of heaven a bit like nutty truffles. They are really addictive and keep me going. Thank you for the recipe – I can’t stop making them (because I can’t stop eating them!!).

          • ellawoodward

            Yum!

      • JESSICA

        Brown Rice Malt Syrup has NO FRUCTOSE and is considered a COMPLEX CARB!

    • 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

    • Lorraine baker

      How much is a cup in uk measurements?

      • ellawoodward

        By cups, I jut mean a regular coffee mug (3×3.5 inches)

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  • http://snottydog.wordpress.com 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

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com 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!

      • 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!

        • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

          They taste awesome with honey, I totally agree! So happy you loved them though, and don’t worry I frequently eat the whole batch straight from the mixer! :)

  • http://www.stephaniehoffpauir.com Stephanie

    So nice to see a true GRAIN FREE dessert! I can’t wait to try them!

  • http://www.stephaniehoffpauir.com Stephanie

    Hi Ella – My son (3 1/2) is LOVING THIS!! He is literally eating out of the pan. LOL It’s on my meal planning list to make more – that & the truffles.

  • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

    I’m so glad he loves them, I’m completely obsessed too and always eat them out the pan! Enjoy the truffles, they’re a new favourite

  • http://thetastyalternative.com amber

    These look amazing. Pinning this beauty of a recipe. :-)

    Have a great weekend.

    Be Well,
    –Amber

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  • http://rokderm.com 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!

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com 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!

  • AB

    Another hit! I omitted the agave and found them to perfectly sweet and delightful.

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

      I’m so glad you liked them!

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

      So glad to hear that, I try them without agave sometimes too and I love them. My favourite recipe!

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  • 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.

  • http://1girl4catsandapeacock.blogspot.co.uk/ 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

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com 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!

  • Rob

    Makes me wish I had a food processor <3 x

  • http://immotileturtle.wordpress.com immotileturtle

    Just made these with cashews as I didn’t have pecans – lush!

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

      I love them with cashews too! They really work with any nut – almonds are my new favourite for this recipe :)

  • 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!

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com 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 :)

  • http://twitter.com/ks_lyon Kate Lyon (@ks_lyon)

    Hi,

    These look immense! Do you have a rough idea of weights for the dates and pecans? As I don’t have a ‘cup’ measure and want to try them tomorrow! Thanks

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com 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!

  • 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!

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com 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! :)

      • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

        Thank you so so much for your banana recommendation! I just tried it and wow, it tasted insanely incredible. Made my day :) Thank you!

        • 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 :)

          • ellawoodward

            You can switch the almonds for pumpkin seeds :)

      • 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!

        • Carly

          I’m new to this… How do you ‘melt’ a banana? x

          • ellawoodward

            I’m so confused – I can’t see where it talks about melting banana? x

          • 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!

            :-)

          • ellawoodward

            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!

  • 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.

    • 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!

      • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

        I totally see what you mean Becky, but I guess for me they are my new brownies so I quite like the name for now, but thank you :)

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com 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 :)

      • 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! :)

        • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

          That’s great to hear! I always eat mine straight away too, so hard to wait for them to firm up when they taste so good :)

  • 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

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com 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 :)

      • Joan

        Hi Ella…I will definitely check out the book. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/louise.wright89 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 :)

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com 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! :)

  • 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!

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com 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 :)

  • http://truelavender.com 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:)

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com 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! :)

      • http://truelavender.com 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:)

        • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

          That’s so funny! I’m glad he managed to get past his pecan aversion enough to enjoy the brownies!

  • Jassie

    Hi! Is there a substitute for the dates? I would like to try this recipe. (:

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com 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?

  • 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

    • ellawoodward

      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

      • 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.

  • 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

    • ellawoodward

      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! :)

  • http://www.buffchickpea.com 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

    • ellawoodward

      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!

  • 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

    • ellawoodward

      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!

  • 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

    • ellawoodward

      Sadly dates are the only thing that stick this together in this way, can you find them online?

      • 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.

        • ellawoodward

          Thank you so much for sharing, sounds wonderful!

  • Josefine

    Oh my, Ella, these are delicious! I looove them!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love them!

  • 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!!

    • ellawoodward

      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! :)

  • 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

    • ellawoodward

      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

  • 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

  • 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!

    • ellawoodward

      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! :)

  • 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

    • ellawoodward

      Yes absolutely any liquid sweetener is amazing!

  • 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!

    • ellawoodward

      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 :)

  • 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.

    • ellawoodward

      I love these with almond butter, it’s the best! So glad that you love it too!

  • Tal

    Hi Ella,

    These raw brownies were delicious.
    To sweeten the batter I used date honey (what we call, here in Israel, “Silan”). It contains only dates and therefore is suitable (I think, I have no knowledge in this subject) for those avoiding fructose.
    A description of this product: http://www.jesusboat.com/flavors-of-israel/israeli-food/date-honey

  • Theresa

    What kind of maple syrup do you use and recommend? Like grade b?

    • ellawoodward

      I use organic, pure 100% maple syrup :)

  • Sarah Clegg

    Hi Ella!
    Don’t dates have HEAPS of sugar in them?!?
    Sarah xx

    • ellawoodward

      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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • http://talesofadventureblog.com 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

    • http://talesofadventureblog.com Laura

      Hi again Ella,
      Just to let you know I featured your recipe in my blog this week, linking back to you. Here’s the post:
      http://talesofadventureblog.com/2014/01/31/happy-friday/
      Have a great weekend!
      Laura – talesofadventureblog.com

      • ellawoodward

        That’s so kind, thank you for sharing them Laura!

  • 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!!

  • 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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  • http://goodgirlgonemaddd.wordpress.com 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! ;)

    • ellawoodward

      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 :)

  • http://wattwewear.com/ whatwewear

    wow, these look amazingly delicious!!
    definitely trying this out, thanks for sharing!
    xoxo Vera & Rony
    http://wattwewear.com/

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  • 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

    • ellawoodward

      It’s really hard to make these in the vitamix, you really need a food processor x

  • 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

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you’re loving all the brownies and nutella! xx

  • janice

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

    thank you

    • lauren

      Thanks ella!x

    • ellawoodward

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

  • Sabine

    FOODORGASM!!!! Ella you are Amazing.

  • http://www.instagram.com/sperziebo 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!

    • ellawoodward

      That’s awesome, have a lovely birthday!

  • 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!

  • 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….

  • McKenzie

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

    • ellawoodward

      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

  • 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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  • sonia

    I love this recipe and better yet so do my chocolate loving nephews . Thank you for a healthy treat.

  • 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 :)

    • ellawoodward

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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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:)

    • ellawoodward

      I haven’t tried but I am sure that should work fine!
      Ella x

  • Lauren

    Oh and also, do you think dried cherries would work instead of dates?

    • ellawoodward

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

  • 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

    • ellawoodward

      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

  • 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?

  • http://- 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

    • ellawoodward

      So pleased your family like them too! Good luck with your gluten free change.
      Ella x

  • Caroline

    Hey Ella,

    For us Brits, what is a cups worth of dates (and pecans) in grams or ounces?

    Thanks!

    Caroline

    • ellawoodward

      The cups I use are 3×3.5 inch regular coffee mugs but this is about 10 medjool dates or 200g!

      Ella x

  • Maud

    Hi Ella!
    I’ve just discovered your blog and I find it very veyy helpful, I’am currently trying to start eating healthy so thank you for all your delicious recipes! I made those brownies to my boyfriend the other day (he is really NOT a vegan) and he liked it better than the “real” ones! haha :)

    • ellawoodward

      Amazing! I’m so pleased he liked them x

  • Claire Winchester

    My 2nd deliciouslyella recipe..oh my god, they are amazing..only problem is, me and my boyfriend ended up eating the whole batch in one sitting..must be more restrained next time!!

  • Grace

    Hi Ella,

    I apologise if this question has been answered before- I tried to see if it had but it appears this is a very popular recipe! First of all, I just wanted to thank you for all these amazing recipes which you post- they have helped give me a much healthier outlook on food and treating myself without feeling guilty. My brownies are setting in the fridge as I type, but I did struggle a little with the blending. It all got quite sticky (I’m aware they’re meant to be- but it gave the processor difficulties) and I had to hand stir it before continuing to blend. I’m sure it is down to my processor just not being strong enough, but do you have any suggestions aside from getting a new one- like adding water or something?

    Thanks so much again. The mixture is absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi,
      I wouldn’t recommend adding water – it is a very sticky mixture so is a difficult one for food processors! I hope you love them though!

  • ruth

    hi ella,
    can’t wait to try these. I have coca nibs…can i use those if i grind them first or do i need to buy the powdered version?

    • ellawoodward

      I would recommend the powdered version – it is a good investment as it lasts for ages!

  • Eloise

    Hi Ella,
    After watching you on tv this morning i’m super excited to make these for a dinner party i am having on Tuesday! I’m just wondering if i make them now, will they last that long? how long would you say these brownies keep for?
    They look SO yummy/full of goodness!
    Eloise x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Eloise,
      Yes that would be totally fine. They should last a while in the fridge/freezer!
      Ella x

  • Jane Hamilton

    I’ve just made these having seen you on Sunday Brunch this morning, but added a large tbs of coconut oil as I didn’t have quite enough dates and I’ve made them into melon ball size and popped them into petit four cases. So delicious that small amount will curb an afternoon craving. Thank you!!

    • ellawoodward

      Amazing – hope you love them!

  • Paddy

    Hi Ella,

    I love the sound of this recipe but i am allergic to nuts ;-(. Any suggest for replacing the pecan’s.
    Thank you
    paddy

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Paddy,
      Because of how small the ingredients list is they are fairly essential but perhaps you could experiment with oats or seeds?

  • Scott Walters

    Hi Ella,
    I have made a batch of these brownies and they are amazing! I was enquiring the nutrition values on these?

    • ellawoodward

      Sorry Scott, I don’t give nutritional values as I am much more focussed on getting as much goodness as I can than counting calories!

  • Anna

    OMG Ella, you are a genious!

    I am a big big cheater and I changed most of the ingredients there (with the help of cookthesaurus, of course!) Walnuts instead of pecans, dried figs instead of dates, and honey instead of maple syrup… Also, with nutella on top. It tastes so unhealthy! I love it!

    Tomorrow I will take part of it to work (where everyone eats as unhealthy as one can imagine) and will seehow it works! Thank you so much!

    (Btw, I bought a food processor for my birthday because I needed to try your recipes!)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Anna,
      Amazing – I hope everyone at work likes them too x

      • Anna

        They did :) x

  • Sarah Quirk

    Hiya Ella,
    I love reading through your recipes, they make me look forward to meal time’s as everything tastes so amazing. I have just made your brownies, they are fantastic when I fancy something sweet (which is most of the time :-)) I was just wondering if you knew how many calories they contained?
    Sarah

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sarah,
      Sorry I don’t ever list calories because I believe that counting goodness is much more important!

  • Stéphanie

    Hello,
    I discovered your site two months ago and I come back every week. You are very inspiring! Congratulations for all your healthy ideas.
    A small question for this recipe, and all the others, you often incorporate dates. Is it dried or fresh dates? Can I replace fresh dates with dried dates soaked in water for several hours?
    Thank you

    • ellawoodward

      I use fresh medjool dates. I have never tried to soak dried ones so I’m not too sure!

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  • ashley

    Hi I am trying to make this brownie and give it a try! But I dont have a food processor, so I was wondering if it is possible to make them with a blender / mixer instead?

    • ellawoodward

      The mixture is really sticky so I think you might struggle with a blender as there is no liquid ingredient to help the blender.

  • Sara Cameron

    Hi Ella

    Your recipes look incredible! I have ordered loads of ingredients and can’t wait to get started! My boyfriend and daughter are allergic to cashews, brazil nuts and pecans, what nuts would you substitute for these? Would hazelnuts work instead of pecans for instance?

    Thanks in advance!
    Sara

    • ellawoodward

      Almonds and walnuts are probably best!

  • http://N/A Victoria

    Hi Ella,

    Made these this evening…I too struggled with the mixing of the ingredients, soooo sticky and had to finish by hand. Taste great, but for me they definitely need more Cacao! The taste of dates overpowers the chocolate. Will make these again but with double the quantity of cacao ;-) x

  • Liat

    Great recepie- I omitted the maple strop and it was still sweet enough. So easy and so full of goodness – thanks!

  • Becca

    Hi Ella – I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. You seem so lovely. I tried your raw brownies last night and they were so insanely good I ate them all myself (thank goodness I halved the recipe but still.. that’s a lot hahaha). Thank you so much for the recipe. I used my Vitamix (low speed settings) and it turned out just like yours. You rock!!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Becca, I am so pleased you love them x

  • Michelle Liu

    Hi Ella! Forgive me for such a basic question (I never ever make anything..besides cup noodles or pb&j..but I am determined to become craftier in the kitchen), but can I use a blender instead of a food processor? Would it really make a huge difference?

    • ellawoodward

      A blender needs a liquid to work because the blade is much smaller so it may not work very well depending on the strength of your blender.

    • Caroline Ray

      I tried with a blender as that was all I had available at the time and I wouldn’t recommend it. The blender blade is a lot smaller than a big food processor one so when the mixture got sticky it wouldn’t circulate and just sat on top of the blades so I ended up finishing off by hand. I plan to invest in a proper food processor very soon!

  • May Dark

    Can you substitute the pecans for any other nut like almonds?

  • Tina

    Just made these brownies for my best friend who just had a baby. You are right, Ella, I couldn’t help but eat some of the mix before freezing them! Absolutely delicious and so simple. Thank you for another brilliant recipe!

  • Catherine

    Hi Ella I found your blog off a RA support group. I am changing my diet to help with RA. I would like to know where you find the dates and in some of your other recipe you use coconut oil and rolled oats. Do you find these at a health food store? Thank you so much for these options, I was feeling like I wasn’t going to ever find anything good to eat. I love sweets.

    • Geemy

      Tesco sell medjool dates. Think £2 for 200g. You can get a good raw organic virgin coconut oil at holland and barrett or try amazon. Just make sure its raw cold pressed virgin coconut oil. Tiana is a good one. Its not cheap – about £16 for 500g BUT H&B often buy one get one for 1p or buy one get one half price and you need so little of it it lasts ages.

  • Estelle

    Just made these and can’t believe how delicious these are!! And the best bit is they are guilt free :) can’t wait to try some more recipes

  • Geemy

    Hi Ella, I have been making major life adjustments to my diet and have found your blog so inspiring – and am also feeling so much better btw! I have been perusing the internet for good quality medjool dates and raw cacao and just wondering if you could recommend a supplier?

  • Carrie

    Hi, Ella. I love your blog and really want to make ALL the recipes. Unfortunately I’m on a budget at the moment and am finding it just too expensive. I went out with a shopping list to make these but just 4 ingredients would have been £15+. The dates in particular are really pricey (delicious though, I know) and I notice you use them a lot. If you have any tips on saving money or could maybe do some regular budget meals that sound as yummy then I’d really appreciate it. Thanks

    • Regina

      Hi there,
      If you live in a city/big town there may be a health food store that sells dates (and everything else) by weight. My local one sells them from big drums. Today I bought 670 grams for £1.98. Hope that helps.

      • Carrie

        Thanks. That is a good tip. I don’t think any in Worcester do, but I’ll look next time I go to Birmingham. Were they Medjool dates….Really good price if so. I can’t find them for less than £3.50 for 12!

        • Geemy

          I think tesco organic are £2 for about 200g / maybe about 12 dates

  • Geemy

    I have been trying to do some research about raw cacao and I am a bit confused. Which product do you use in your cooking? Is it raw or a roasted product? Some of the research suggested that raw cacao can contain mycotoxin and ochratoxin to name but a few, and that the dark roasted product is actually healthier and contains more free radical scavenging properties. Would be very interested to hear from others about products / brands they use. Thanks x

  • Whitney

    Hi Ella, is it possible to use a VitaMix to make these instead of a food processor? Thanks

    • Whitney

      Ignore me I just see a comment below on this not recommending using one! I shall invest in a food processor ASAP.

  • Geemy

    Anyone have any recommendations for a good food processor? Need a new one