• Roanna Medina

No-Bake Cacao Nib Brownies

Updated: Sep 3, 2019

This is my favorite recipe among those that I've shared so far, just because I love, love, love desserts! (You'll be seeing more of those here.) I'm a big lover of anything sweet, which is also the biggest reason why I enjoyed baking with my mom at a young age. I basically ate everything we baked!

However, I'm no longer that little girl who cared only for my belly and not my body. And, since I've grown more conscious of taking care of my health (and sharing my treats), I've redirected my love for sweetness towards a sugar-free practice of dessert-making.

I also love to travel and always make it a point to stay where there's a kitchen. Ovens are hard to come by however, and baking equipment are not exactly practical items to lug around in suitcases (except for a few essentials which i'll write about later on).

And so, in times of travel, I stick mostly to creating raw desserts, just like these simple no-bake brownies that only require a basic blender, a mixing bowl and a sturdy spoon!

For this particular recipe, I used raw sunflower seeds which is a great source of the good fat that our bodies need. Among it's many other benefits, It's a powerful antioxidant that's great for thyroid health.

This recipe creates a healthy version of the classic brownie that's rich in chocolate flavor, naturally sweet, and dense but not heavy as a treat! Because it's sugar-free, you can snack on it anytime without feeling the guilt, and your body will be grateful for these benefits:

  • It's a powerful antioxidant

  • Loaded with minerals

  • Good for your heart

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Balances cholesterol levels

  • Protects your brain, heart, muscles and other parts of your body

  • Promotes healthy mental health, brain function and mood

  • Enhances your immune system

  • And take my word for it, it's delicious!


Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: it's raw! | Total time: 40 mins

A healthy sugar and dairy free version of the classic brownie that's rich in chocolate flavor, naturally sweet, and dense but not heavy as a treat!

Author: The Healthy Row

Allergen information: raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, nut-free

Recipe type: dessert

Serves: 12 to 16 squares


  • 2 cups pitted dates

  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds

  • 1/2 oat flour

  • 1/2 cup raw cocoa powder

  • 1 Tbsp cold-pressed virgin coconut oil

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 50g cup raw cacao nibs or cacao beans broken into nibs


  1. Place the sunflower seeds in a blender or food processor, and pulse to ground to a flour-like consistency, leaving a few pieces and chunks. Set aside in a mixing bowl.

  2. Place your dates (pitted) in the same blender or food processor (there's no need to wash it), and process until it turns into paste, scraping down the sides with a spoon or spatula as needed. Depending on how powerful your equipment is, you might need to do this in batches.

  3. Mix in the oat flour and cocoa powder, and continue processing until well combined.

  4. Pour out the mixture to a bowl with the sunflower meal, and add in all the remaining ingredients. Mix with a spoon or spatula until everything is well combined.

  5. Line a square pan or container with parchment paper, transfer the final mixture in, and press down and spread evenly using the back of a spoon.* See important note below

  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  7. Remove the block out of the pa or container, and cut into squares.

  8. Serve immediately, or store back in the chiller.


* If it gets too sticky, dab some coconut oil on the back of the spoon, and continue pressing and until you reach a smooth and even surface.

Did you try this recipe? Share your experience by commenting below!

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