Prep Time
15 Mins
Chill Time
2 Hours
Yield: 16 brownies (serving size: 1 brownie)

These incredible brownies are a lot of things all at once: they're no-bake, vegan, and gluten-free. They're also incredibly delicious, and feature a luxurious layer of chocolate ganache on top. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine dates, walnuts, 6 Tbsp. cacao powder, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 2 tsp. water and salt in a food processor. Process until completely smooth.

Step 2

Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish, or line dish with parchment or waxed paper. Transfer dough to dish. Press dough very firmly into dish with your hands until dough is evenly distributed.

Step 3

In a medium mixing bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup cacao powder, remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla, maple syrup and oil. Stir until mixture forms a paste (this is the frosting). Spread paste evenly over dough in baking dish. Refrigerate brownies for at least 2 hours to set, then cut into squares. Refrigerate any leftovers in a covered container for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 2 months.

Adapted from Chocolate-Covered Katie, by Katie Higgins. Copyright 2015 by Katie Higgins. Used with permission from Grand Central Life & Style.

Ratings & Reviews

LindaZP's Review

February 16, 2015


August 30, 2016
Quite tasty, but I prefer these warm and the frosting tasted a bit too maple-y for me. Maybe you just have to make sure the quality of your syrup is high.

THE BEST!!!!!!

April 04, 2017
These are the best no bake brownies I have ever had. Full Disclosure, I put 2 tablespoons of simple syrup instead of water in the dough and a dash of simple syrup in the frosting. So awesome. I could eat the whole pan.