Zain's Raw Brownies

This is by far one of the best dessert recipes I have ever made. Not only are there are only seven ingredients, these brownies are completely raw, vegan and gluten-free. If you are a chocolate lover, these rich and decadent brownies are going to blow your mind.

Packed with superfoods like walnuts, cacao and chia seeds not only will these brownies give you loads of energy, they are a perfect grab and go snack and the best part is you don’t even have to preheat the oven….what could be better?

Click here to watch my video on how to make Zain’s Raw Brownies

Makes 18 Brownies


21/2 Cups Medjool Dates (Pitted, soaked in warm water for 5 mins)

2 Cups Walnuts (I used sprouted and dried walnuts, but regular will do fine here)

2 Tbsp Sunwarrior Protein Powder (optional)

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cacao

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cacao Nibs (optional, but highly recommended)

1 Cup Raw Almonds (chopped, I soak mine overnight but you don’t have to)

30g Chia Seeds (optional)

1/4 Tsp Himalayan Crystal Salt


1. In a food processor, blend walnuts into a fine ground.

2. Add cacao powder and salt and pulse to combine then add dates individually until the mixture becomes ‘crumby.’

3. In a square pan, press the walnut/cacao mixture down firmly pressing in the almonds, chia seeds and cacao nibs into the mixture.

4. Freeze for at least 2 hours and then slice into eighteen squares.



Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Yogini, Lifestyle & Fitness Personality and Published Writer, Zain Saraswati Jamal lives to inspire others toward a life dedicated to health and spiritual healing. A gifted clean-eating chef, Zain is known as the girl who can ‘turn any dirty recipe clean.’  She is the creator of the successful lifestyle blog, Eve Post Apple, and aids her clients in achieving their dream physiques and optimum health with her custom meal plans. Zain has been featured on CTV Noon News Hour, Tosca Reno’s Blog, The Yoga Magazine, as well as in Oxygen Magazine’s Off The Couch Special Issue.




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ajnerone, posted on January 25, 2016

Making this today!

STyler, posted on May 22, 2013

Hi! I made your protein bars (yum) and am looking to make these next. I just want to know why medjool dates, specifically? I couldn't get my hands on any for the protein bars so used generic dates for that recipe. Am I missing out on some nutrients doing that, though?

JulieE_2, posted on December 9, 2012

@mollysoeder - I imagine you are allergic to most nuts if asking this question. Sunflower seeds would likely work well.

JennyBean, posted on November 2, 2012

I forgot to grab walnuts at the market so substituted for some toasted pine nuts. The recipe turned out great.

mollysoeder, posted on October 16, 2012

This sounds wonderful! Any substitute recommendations for those of us allergic to walnuts and almonds?

noura_2, posted on October 14, 2012

Oh YUM! Can't wait to try this!!!

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