Raw Chocolate Fudge Brownies

If you make any recipe from my blog, then it should be these raw chocolate fudge brownies. They are so easy to make, they don’t need baking and they can be kept in the freezer so you can portion them out and keep them in the freezer until you want one. They are so fudgey and delicious and just 135 calories a brownie. Put the ingredients on your shopping list today! Brownie 2If you want to be kept up to date on my new healthy and delicious recipes like this, then please subscribe to the blog mailing list (it takes 30 seconds) and you will get sent the new recipes straight to your inbox. Your email address won’t be passed on to anyone and you will never be spammed. Click here to sign up

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 strange ingredient in them. 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.

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 and the sugar coming from dates and honey, they are definitely a healthy alternative. There is no high in fat butter cream in the fudgey topping either. 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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  1. says

    These look & sound, I am practically causing a fire hazard with my laptop from the drooling! So glad I have found your blog the other day it was a tweet from the lovely @HonestMummy that caught my eye and led me here to all this yummyness!

  2. says

    My daughter is one of those people who when I say something is healthy she immediately says she doesn’t like it. That is without even tasting. I think it is just child-rebellion. Haha. Either way, these brownies look so decadent. These would definitely cure any chocolate craving.

  3. says

    A slice of this would make a perfect evening snack for me right now, Dannii! It’s hard to believe they have so few calories, and I love your idea of keeping them in the freezer so you don’t stuff yourself with the whole lot! :-)

  4. Jenn says

    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!

    • Dannii says

      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 :)

  5. says

    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 :)

  6. says

    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!

  7. Seth says

    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. says

    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.

  9. Joana Félix says

    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 :)

  10. Terri says

    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).

  11. Liezel says

    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.

  12. Stella says

    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!

    • Dannii says

      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 :)

  13. Leah says

    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!!!

  14. Lauren says

    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!

  15. Juliena says

    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?

    • Grandma says

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

  16. Lois says

    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!

  17. Shelby says

    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!

  18. Abigail says

    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?

  19. amy anderson says

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

    • Amanda says

      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)

  20. Keeley says

    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!!

    • HHHAdmin says

      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!