Ultimate No-Bake Date Brownies Recipe

Ultimate No-Bake Date Brownies are easy to make date-cocoa energy bars speckled with nuts and coated with a thin glaze of white and dark chocolate swirls. These wholesome date brownies are the perfect snack to satiate any sweet tooth.

By this time, you all must know how much I love dates.  You will find packets of dates lying in my fridge, some in the pantry, and sometimes a bowl on the counter for the mid morning snack break. Being a powerhouse of nutrients, these bite size nature’s treats find their way in my salads, in cakes , cookies and sometimes, with my chocolate obsession, as chocolate covered stuffed dates too!

This packet of dates in my fridge was the soft and sticky kind which warranted a suitable recipe. I had bookmarked this recipe of date energy bars a while back and it was lost among all the others that I had noted I would try some day, until now! Just like my date energy balls, these needed a soft variety of dates. But if the dates you have are not too soft, you can soften them in a bowl of hot water for some time.

Be prepared to be bowled over by this easy, amazing, delightful but simple date brownie bars which are not baked (yes, no oven required), no cooking involved (unless you call melting chocolate cooking!), no eggs needed and totally vegan (if you decide to make it without the chocolate glaze), gluten free (use gluten free cornflakes or just omit these totally, the bars will still come out fine), and the best part is no oil or butter needed!  What more can you ask for in a sweet treat!

So, dates brownies it was. Now to add some healthy crunch and bite, it had to be nuts! I love almonds anytime, so how about some in these and maybe some sunflower seeds (I have a stash of that too!)? Well, there was a packet of cornflakes needing to be emptied soon. So in went these too for an extra, extra crunchy bite (this is optional).

These are brownies, so I had to add some cocoa powder (just 1 to 2 tablespoons; you can add more if you like them more chocolaty) and a dash of vanilla essence.

A quick blitz in the food processor and brownie dough was ready. You may need to keep pulsing and scraping the sides often to get a homogenous mixture. Add more dates if you feel they are not coming together, do not worry, you will not go wrong.

If you do not have a food processor, just blitz the nuts, cornflakes and dates separately in a blender jar and then mix along with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix well and then proceed to make bars.

Once they are ready, you can directly pat them evenly onto a greased foil-lined or parchment lined pan. Chill a little and cut into desired shapes and enjoy.

My plan was to just make date brownie bars with no added sugar, but hmmm, it needed something to give an oomph factor. What is more oomph in a snack/dessert than chocolate? White or dark or maybe milk chocolate? My mother has a slight sweet tooth but she cannot take too much of dark or milk chocolate, so maybe white; a white chocolate glaze it was.

Plain white chocolate sounds good but it still did not make these scrumptious date brownies exciting enough. How about a swirl of dark chocolate to bring up the oomph factor a notch and it looks pretty too, don’t you agree?

So I melted some white chocolate, poured it over the date brownie before letting it chill, dotted it with melted dark chocolate and a gave quick whirl with a toothpick (you can use a skewer or knife) to get a marbled effect. If you are avoiding sugar, you can omit the chocolate glaze and enjoy the date bars as a healthy treat.

Chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes and cut with a sharp knife. Now wasn’t that quick and easy?

 

So no more buying any energy bars filled with chemicals, artificial colors or preservatives. Make these no bake divine date brownies any time in the comforts of your own home and treat your family to this healthy dessert. With summers coming up and kids at home for their summer vacation, you need to keep feeding them with nutritious snacks; don’t these date brownies sound delightful?

If you are looking for more recipes with dates, do try Eggless Dates and Cashew Cake, Dates and Oats Milk Pudding,  Oatmeal Date Cookies etc.

Do try these today and let me know in the comments below.

Ultimate No-Bake Date Brownies
Yields 18
Scrumptious bites of dates and nuts in a brownie; eggless, no bake and ready in less than 15 minutes.
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140 calories
18 g
2 g
7 g
2 g
3 g
32 g
11 g
15 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
32g
Yields
18
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 2mg
1%
Sodium 11mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
5%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 ¼ to 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  2. ½ cup roasted almonds
  3. ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  4. 1/3 cup cornflakes
  5. 2 to 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  6. ½ teaspoon vanilla essence/extract
For the chocolate glaze
  1. 1 cup white chocolate, chopped
  2. ¼ cup dark chocolate, chopped
Instructions
  1. Place the roasted almonds and sunflower seeds in a food processor and process until finely chopped.
  2. Add the cornflakes and give it one more whirl to break up the flakes.
  3. Tip in the dates, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, vanilla essence and process until they start to come together (break up the dates if they start to stick together). If you hold a tablespoon of dough in your hand press, it should hold together; if not, add more dates. Scrape the sides of the bowl in between.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl and mix with hands to evenly distribute all the ingredients until it forms a soft dough and you can make balls of it.
  5. Transfer to a parchment lined or foil lined loaf pan, and press evenly with the bottom of flat bottomed glass or bowl. You can even roll it between two sheets of parchment paper to the thickness you want.
To make the chocolate glaze
  1. In a bowl, take 1 cup of chopped white chocolate and melt in bursts of 30 seconds in a microwave until almost melted. Remove from oven and mix well with a spatula until fully melted and smooth.
  2. Do the same with the dark chocolate.
  3. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
  4. Once both the chocolates are ready, pour the white chocolate over the date brownie in the pan. Spread evenly with a spatula and gently tap to even out the layer of chocolate; make sure the chocolate is spread evenly till the edges of the pan.
  5. Now drop spoonfuls of melted dark chocolate in dollops all over the white chocolate layer. Add as much or as little as you want.
  6. Using a toothpick, gently make swirls in the chocolate; you don’t have to precise, just have fun making random designs.
  7. Chuck it in the fridge to set for about 10 minutes.
  8. After 10 to 15 minutes, remove from fridge. Gently remove the brownie from the pan along with the foil.
  9. Peel off the foil and place on a board.
  10. Cut into desired shapes with a sharp knife.
  11. Enjoy decadent, easy, no bake, healthy, high-energy, nutritious chocolate glazed date brownies as a pick me up anytime, chilled or at room temperature.
  12. Store bars in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer up to 3 months.
Notes
  1. The dough can be made into small balls instead of making them into bars.
  2. Roasting the nuts is totally optional; roasting gives a toasty bite to the brownies.
  3. Other add ins are raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts, peanuts, dried cranberries, figs etc. Just make sure the content of nuts is not more than the dates and other dried fruits.
  4. You can glaze with only white, dark or milk chocolate for a different flavor.
  5. If you do not like chocolate, you can omit the marbled glaze totally.
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calories
140
fat
7g
protein
2g
carbs
18g
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How to make the Ultimate No-Bake Date Brownies:

  • Place the roasted almonds and sunflower seeds in a food processor and process until finely chopped.
  • Add the cornflakes and give it one more whirl to break up the flakes.
  • Tip in the dates, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, vanilla essence and process until they start to come together (break up the dates if they start to stick together). If you hold a tablespoon of dough in your hand press, it should hold together; if not, add more dates. Scrape the sides of the bowl in between.

  • Transfer the mixture into a large bowl and mix with hands to evenly distribute all the ingredients until it forms a soft dough and you can make balls of it.
  • Transfer to a parchment lined or foil lined loaf pan, and press evenly with the bottom of flat bottomed glass or bowl. You can even roll it between two sheets of parchment paper to the thickness you want. At this stage, you can chill for about 30 minutes and cut into desired shapes for a healthy treat.

  • If you would like to make it more decadent and pretty, you can proceed to glaze it with marbled chocolate.

To make the chocolate glaze:

  • In a bowl, take 1 cup of chopped white chocolate and melt in bursts of 30 seconds in a microwave until almost melted. Remove from oven and mix well with a spatula until fully melted and smooth.
  • Do the same with the dark chocolate.
  • Alternatively, you can melt the chocolates in a double boiler.
  • Once both the chocolates are ready, pour the white chocolate over the date brownie in the pan. Spread evenly with a spatula and gently tap to even out the layer of chocolate; make sure the chocolate is spread evenly till the edges of the pan.
  • Now drop spoonfuls of melted dark chocolate in dollops all over the white chocolate layer. Add as much or as little as you want.

  • Using a toothpick, gently make swirls in the chocolate; you don’t have to precise, just have fun making random designs.

  • Chuck it in the fridge to set for about 10 minutes.
  • After 10 to 15 minutes, remove from fridge. Gently remove the brownie from the pan along with the foil.
  • Peel off the foil and place on a board.

  • Cut into desired shapes with a sharp knife.

  • Enjoy decadent, easy, egg free, no bake, healthy, high-energy, nutritious chocolate glazed date brownies as a pick me up anytime, chilled or at room temperature.

  • Store bars in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer up to 3 months.
  • Enjoy!!

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6 comments

  1. Eb Gargano says:

    Oooh, yes! I love dates too – and they make such good no bake energy bars! Love these they look fab – especially that swirly icing. Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare 🙂 Eb x

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