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These brownies are about to make your week a lot better.

raw walnut brownies stacked on top of each otherThey are raw, vegan, and pack a nutritional punch! Thanks to all the walnuts, pecans and dates loaded into these bars, you’ll get a dose of fiber, antioxidants, and healthy Omega 3 fats in each fudgy bite.

Now, that’s my kind of brownie.



Raw Walnut Brownies (vegan, gluten-free)
makes about 20 pieces

adapted from Cru’s brownie


2 cups raw walnuts
2 cups raw pecan halves
1 cup dates, pitted and soaked 10 minutes
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 Tablespoons of water, as needed to facilitate blending
3 dropperfuls NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia (about 36 drops), or to taste


In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and process until well combined.

mixing brownie batter in a food processor

You will need to stop and scrape down the sides a couple times, pushing the batter towards the blade to keep things moving. Add extra water, if needed to facilitate blending, but you want these to stay sticky–> not too wet! Taste the batter, and adjust sweetness to taste.

If you have a dehydrator, transfer the brownie batter to a tray lined with a teflex sheet, and press it down evenly to desired thickness.

brownie batter on a pan

I made my brownies 1/2″ thick, to produce a higher quantity and make them dehydrate faster, but if you want a thicker, more traditional brownie, feel free to make them thicker! (They’ll just need a bit more time in the dehydrator.)

Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 3 hours, then use a pizza cutter to score the squares.

brownies cut with a pizza cutter

(The weird edges make great taste-testing bites!)

Return to the dehydrator for another 2-3 hours, or until desired texture is achieved. I like mine dry on the outside, and still fudge-like on the inside.

brownies stacked on a green plate

Serve warm, with banana soft serve on top, for a totally decadent dessert!

Or, throw them in the freezer for a cold, chewy treat.

*Note: If you don’t have a dehydrator, you are welcome to use an oven at it’s lowest setting, with the door slightly cracked. However, I would recommend skipping the oven all together, and simply rolling the batter into truffle-like balls! Chill in the fridge to set, and you’ll have delicious brownie bites to enjoy without all the hassle! You could roll them in some cocoa powder or shredded coconut before chilling, for an even prettier effect.




However you prepare them, I hope you enjoy! 😀

Megan Gilmore leaning on her white countertop.

Megan Gilmore

Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. These look amazing. I can’t believe they are totally raw. So incredible. I have a big upcoming road trip, we leave next week. I think these would be perfect to make and take for the long trip. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  2. yum – walnuts and pecans together – doesn’t get much better then that!! love raw brownies so easy to make and so good!!!

  3. YUMMY!!!!!!! I don’t have a dehydrator though :0/ and wonder if they would come out as tasty in the oven. Argh gonna just have to try.

  4. Come to me delicious fudgey brownies…OMG, these look amazing!! I’m thinking of adding more dates or fruit into my diet as life SUCKS without them! LOL!!! Grains I can live without, but not my fruit!


  5. Walnut and chocolate…’s up their with peanut butter and chocolate!! Can you taste the banana in the bars? They look fabulous! I love chewy bars from the freezer! The banana soft serve sounds great with them served warm though too! So many options! Have a great day!

    1. There is a slight hint of banana in the bars. I couldn’t really taste it, but Austin noticed it. If you don’t care for the banana flavor, you could leave it out– I just like the texture it adds. 🙂

  6. Mmm Megan these sound phenomenal, and I love the idea of banana soft serve on top of them. Wishing I had some right now!