Vegan No-Bake Brownies

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L’s Vegan No-Bake Brownies topped with hazelnuts. YUM.

The weather in Boston doesn’t know it’s September yet. Or, it’s on Team L and is in complete denial that Labor Day came and went and it’s now back to school/back to the grind time – summer’s over. To help me cope with that, I turned to chocolate. Not just any ol’ chocolate but these awesome vegan no-bake brownies that I created over the long weekend. They are way healthier than regular brownies, and full of fiber and nutrients and deliciousness. YUM. Not only that, they are are super easy and can be made on the fly, as most of the ingredients should be laying around your pantry. The recipe takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish, and there’s no need to turn your oven on (so when it’s 95 degrees, like it will be here today, you don’t have to turn your kitchen into an inferno). They are dairy, egg, soy, gluten* and refined sugar free. And, you can substitute sunflower seeds for the nuts if you’d like to make these bad boys nut free. If you are paleo you can omit the oats and roll them into balls and enjoy them as “power bites.” There are a million and one ways to change this recipe up to suit your own needs, so feel free to do so!

*They are only gluten free if you use gluten free oats.

Vegan No-Bake Brownies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 12 dates
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup of hazelnuts and/or coconut flakes for topping

Directions

  1. Add oats, nuts, cacao powder and dates in a food processor. Blend thoroughly – this will be your “flour” base of your brownies, so make it as fine or a chunky as you’d like the final brownie texture to be.

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    Here are all the “dry” ingredients in the food processor before blending

  2. Add the bananas and pumpkin to the food processor and blend until you form a “dough.”

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    Here is the “brownie batter” after mixing all of the ingredients.

  3. Spray a 7 x 11 inch pan lightly with baking spray (this makes the brownies easy to remove). Using your hands, press the “dough” into the pan to the edges, trying to remove any air bubbles.

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    The brownies spread out using a spatula (and fingers) into a 7 x 11 pan.

  4. Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the top, lightly pressing the nuts into the top of the brownies and flattening out the top.

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    Top with hazelnuts or coconut, and lightly press the toppings into the brownies so they stay put. Cover and place into the fridge!

  5. Stick in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. Enjoy! πŸ˜€

This is the perfect dessert to pack in your kid’s lunch, your take-to-work lunch, or indulge in after dinner. They are chocolate-y and fudge-y without being overly sweet, nourishing and filling (so you don’t feel the need to eat the entire pan while watching Netflix in your bathrobe). They taste best cold, so keep them in the fridge until right before serving. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

I hope you guys had a great Labor Day weekend!! I did a whole boatload of fun stuff: training, wandering around Boston, long bike ride, yoga, and a full day at the beach. It was perfection.

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Boston on Saturday night.

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Biking all over Massachusetts πŸ™‚

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Mango Sorbet in Lexington, MA

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Literally the best $42 I’ve ever spent – the infamous sun shelter! C and I spent all day at the beach lounging/reading/eating/chatting in the shade – no sunburns here πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

How did you guys celebrate Labor Day? What did you guys do this weekend? Tell me about it in the comments!

Hope your week zooms by! I’ve got my first race in my six fall races this weekend – here we go Fall racing season! So stoked πŸ˜€

Race countdown:

Fells – 6 days

Rochester Half – 13 days

Tough Mudder – 19 days

Tufts 10K – 35 days

Narragansett Half – 41 days

Seacoast Half – 61 days

With warmth,

L

19 thoughts on “Vegan No-Bake Brownies

  1. This looks great! We’ll have to give it a try; were addicted to oats! How many servings does it make (assuming you don’t eat any before refrigerating it)?! Good luck with all of your events! Hopefully it cools off enough before then. πŸ™‚

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  2. This is hilarious because I made some raw brownies last night and though “wish I had hazelnuts.” AND, I am literally in my bathrobe, about to watch Netflix and cuddle up with the leftovers and a salad, lol. Are you psychic??? WT? Great Recipe and post!

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    • I saw your post on Instagram last night when I was laying in bed scrolling through my feed (bad habit…)!!! πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to read about yours! And if I were psychic, I’d def be playing the lotto. I guess we must just be on the same page. πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad you enjoyed it – if you make them, I can’t wait to hear how they compare.

      Anything good on Netflix? I need a good new show to watch. πŸ™‚ xo

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      • OK Netflix: have you seen “Unbreakable” I just finished that & it was so hilarious and wrong all at the same time! If you are looking for stereotypical, brain dead humor, go for it πŸ˜‰ I was all up in your posts last night too πŸ˜‰ IG is bad for our health lol (not). I’m trying to go Raw for 7-30?some odd days, so that’s why I made them. they were so good. I think i’ll make these when i’m done with my personal challenge! we are on the same curly girl page obviously with the food. I love your blog, your curls and your sorbet pics…this is me satisfied πŸ™‚

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      • Thanks for the suggestion! I will def check that out!!! How exciting about your raw “challenge”! Your brownies looked awesome. Hahaha yassss curly girl club!! πŸ˜€ Thanks so much for your kind words – all of those feelings are mutual! I adore Divine Veggie Mama!! ❀ ❀

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