Raw Chocolate Fudge Brownies

by Dannii on August 29, 2012

Raw Chocolate Fudge Brownies
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People are always so sceptical when you tell them that something is a healthy alternative. Especially of something as delicious and decadent as brownies. Before they try them, they are convinced that they will taste horrible or they will have some kind of alien ingredient that has them retching. These little bites of joy as here to prove those people wrong. They contain ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen and they are very quick and easy to make.

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When you say something is healthy to someone, their response is usually “Great – so I can eat 10 of these?!”. Well, no, just because they are healthier than the usual brownies you are used to, does not mean that you can eat them all day every day. As always, it is about moderation. The nuts in them can make them high in calories if you eat too much. But, with no flour or sugar, they are definitely a healthy alternative.

I say they are an alternative to brownies, they are similar to cheesecake as well with the crumbly base and the gooey and fluffy topping. Seriously, I can’t over how great these are. They are kind of a combination of my brownie bites and a variation of the healthy chocolate dessert.

Another great thing about them, is that they are kept in the freezer. This means that you can just open up the freezer and cut yourself off a slice as and when you want some. You don’t have it sitting in the fridge reminding you that you have to eat it all before it goes off. This makes portion control a lot easier.


There was such a huge response on the Facebook page to the picture of these, with lots of people guessing what was in them and people convinced they had beans or lentils or avocados in them. None of those ingredients are in sight. So, here is what actually IS in them.


Ingredients – Makes 16:

-150g/1 cup almonds (you could use a mixer of almonds, pecans and walnuts too)

- 30g/Quarter of a cup of cocoa powder and another 60g/half a cup of cocoa powder

- 3 tbsp water

- 4 tbsp shredded coconut

- 150g/1 cup of pitted dates

- 4 tbsp honey

- 1 tbsp orange essence or juice from an orange (you could use mint or any other flavour you like, but I really like the combination of chocolate and orange. You could leave it out altogether as well.

- 4 tbsp almond butter (you could use any nut butter you like).

- 2 bananas


1) Put the almond, 30g/quarter of a cup of cocoa, coconut and dates in a food processor and process until it forms a crumb like consistency. Mix in the water.

2) Tip this mixture into a brownie pan and press down with your hands so it is packed down.

3) Put the rest of the cocoa, honey, orange essence, almond butter and bananas in a food processor until smooth.

4) Spread onto the pressed crumb mix and then put it in the freezer.

5) Whenever you want a bit, take it out of the freezer and cut a piece off and put the rest back in the freezer. You can eat it straight out of the freezer if you like the brownie to be a bit harder or if you want it softer, leave it for 5-10 minutes before eating. It is delicious either way.




Nutritional Information per piece:

Calories: 135

Carbs: 20

Fat: 6.5

Protein: 3.6

Sugar: 13.1


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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenn

I just made them and that are delicious! I do find the banana a little overpowering so next time I’ll reduce it to 1 banana and throw in half an avocado. Thanks so much for sharing!


2 Dannii

A couple of people have said that, but I don’t find that myself, but then I love banana. Adding avocado works too – if you like avocado desserts, take a look at my healthy chocolate dessert :)


3 Michelle

Thanks for sharing all these recipes :) Just came across your site a few days ago and all the recipes look delicious. I made these brownies today and they are good but I find the banana flavor almost over-powering. Wondering if avocado could be substituted here? Thanks again for sharing, I plan to start making many recipes from this site :)


4 Dannii

Yes, you could use avocado, but the banana adds sweetness as well as the creaminess.


5 Eileen

Hi! I’m new to your site but I made these raw fudge brownies yesterday and they were unbelievable! Definitely a keeper and going on my dessert recipe list! Thanks!


6 Dannii

I am so glad that you enjoyed them :D


7 Seth

Greetings from South Africa.
My husband loves these delicious brownies, and I love raw chocolate. We love to revel on the joy of food together; I always have to remind my cheecky boy that it is a moment on the lips…!

Thanks for sharing your story Dannii, it has inspired me and my chubby husband.
Lots of love and hugs, Seth.


8 Tracy

Made these tonight :) ))).. Heaven went down well with all the family. Thanks Danni


9 Choclette

Sounds good to me and looks delicious too. Keep meaning to experiment with more raw chocolate recipes, but along with all my other intentions don’t manage it very often.


10 Joana Félix

I just made them, and I’m going to kill you! Dear lord this is so indulgent, so yummi, sooooo GOOD! Thank god i only made 1/4 of the recipe, and that I’m going to the gym tomorrow morning! Thank you so, so much, you’re amazing <3 :)


11 Marisa

These look delicious! I can’t wait to make them. Do you think I could substitute agave for the honey??


12 Dannii

Yes, you can use agave or even maple syrup.


13 Donna

Finally made these tonight, crazy, off the chart good!!!! SOOO happy! :) )) Thank you!!!


14 Dannii

You’re welcome. I am glad you enjoyed them.


15 Terri

These are a huge hit in our house and I always forget too come back and comment to tell you. Your post on Facebook just reminded me.
My kids always ask if we can make these and even better is that they get involved and help too (my youngest likes the noise the food processor makes when making the almond butter).


16 jacko

Best of taste and not just cake but sweets.


17 Jake

Taste better and it melts in your mouth.


18 Seth

My husband loves the melting in your mouth feeling.
If you know what I mean…

(real chocolate – he can’t eat that no more though!)


19 Tonya

What if I want to take these on a road trip and can’t keep them frozen. Will they hold up in a cooler?


20 Liezel

I don’t know much about baking but I just love eating brownies and cakes. But thank you for sharing your raw chocolate fudge brownies. You inspired me to bake. I will surely make brownies. I hope I can bake them well.


21 Dannii

These are raw – so they don’t need to be baked :)


22 Christina

I’m allergic to Dates so what can I sub in for Dates?


23 Stella

I recently made the Raw Chocolate Fudge Brownies & froze them into 16 pieces …. ate one piece recently. They are amazing! But when I calculated the calories for the one 1/16th piece of this recipe, it was 270 calories. You say they are 135 calories per piece… how many pieces did you basis your calories on? Did I miscalculate something? Please let me know… thanks!
P.S. I love your blog!


24 Dannii

The recipe makes 16 pieces, so that is what the calorie information is for. The calorie info is only there as a guide, as I use My Fitness Pal to work it out (which is not always correct). If you follow a strict calorie amount, then you should always work things out exactly using the nutritional info on your food :)


25 Leah

Danni, these are amazing! I used my blender since I don’t have a food processor and they still came out amazing! I used the mixture of nuts(almond,pecan, walnut). What a great recipe! Thank you!!!


26 Lauren

I made these yesterday for a Memorial Day BBQ. They got a thumbs up from most. I like that they are a healthier sweet treat for my 5 and 3 year olds (they are dessert junkies). I don’t have room in my freezer for a whole pan, so I divided the brownies between 16 foil muffin cups. Worked well! Thanks for the recipe!


27 Grandma

what can I use instead of the dates?????


28 Juliena

These sound amazing… I am going to make them this weekend. I do have a question. You say they are 135 calories per piece, how many pieces do you but this into?


29 Grandma

At the beginning of the recipe it says it makes 16 so I would guess that 1/16th would be 135 cal…


30 Dre

What can you sub for nut butter if you are allergic to nuts?


31 Lois

I just made these and had to substitute unsweetened cocoa for cocoa powder in the topping. I know that I will make these again, and when I do, I will make them in muffin tins with liners to make it a little easier to get out of the pan and eat!


32 Kelly

ps – my official review of them i posted about: http://www.fitmama4lyfe.com


33 Kelly

So. Delicious. Best dessert for my birthday ever!!! and so easy my husband can make them for me :)


34 Shelby

I made these this week, I added protein powder into the base and upped the dates to 250g. They were amazing! I cut into 35 small squares so they are like a popper before a workout!


35 Abigail

Oops. I just read it wrong. Sorry!


36 Abigail

This might be a silly question, but what do you mean by cocoa? What’s the difference between cocoa and cocoa powder? I’m in the U.S. and so perhaps it’s a different name for something that I’m familliar with?


37 amy anderson

r u able to leave the almond butter out at all? i cant find it or any other nut butters at my local supermarket?


38 Amanda

She has a recipe to make almond butter on this site and that is what she uses when she makes these (just read her answer to somebody asking this same question on her facebook page)


39 Keeley

I made these tonight and don’t think they’ll make it to the bake off charity we are doing at work tomorrow…. too good!!


40 Jamie

I liked that you used honey instead of white sugar. Good job! Never thought of including dates ether.


41 HHHAdmin

I like to make healthier alternatives to unhealthy foods I love :)


42 luv what you do

I have 1 word for you…YUMMY!!!


43 HHHAdmin

Yummy they most certainly are!


44 Bet.

Awesome Look out Cadburys.


45 HHHAdmin

I am sure they don’t feel threatened!


46 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

Awesome recipe!!! I’m going to try this!!


47 HHHAdmin

I will warn you – they won’t last long. I made a big batch that was meant to last a couple of weeks. Needless to say they definitely didn’t make it that far!


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