Chocolate Brownie

chocolate brownie

For the last week I seem to be making this every second or third day. It has gone beyond my Chocolate Brownie and is now my protein / energy bar. It is my convenient, portable snack, my night time treat, my mid-afternoon pick me up. Its the food I wrap in foil and throw in my handbag in case I get hungry at the shops or while waiting for an appointment. It is what accompanies my cup of tea as I chat to my visitors, what I offer to anyone who walks in my door and what I make for friends birthdays. I am becoming a little addicted.

Chocolate Baked Brownie

2 cup walnuts

20 medjool dates

1 cup cacao or cocoa powder*

1 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract (optional)

pinch of salt (optional)

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a brownie tin (23cm x 13.5cm) with baking paper over hanging the sides. You could also use a standard loaf tin or half the recipe and use a mini loaf tin (16cm x 6.5cm). If halving the recipe I just the cooking time to 10 – 12 minutes.

Place the ingredients into your food processor (you may want to do it in two batches and then combine the batches at the end) and blend the ingredients until broken down and resembling a very fine crumb.

Press the mixture very firmly into your prepared tin. Bake for 16 minutes. I know some of your ovens seem to cook a little faster than mine, it will not hurt to take it out a minute or two earlier. However, it does burn easily so I wouldn’t leave it in the oven any longer than specified. Allow to cool in the tin. It will be very crumbly while it is hot. I leave it at least 40 minutes if I am making a full batch before gently transferring to a cooling rack. Once cool cut and enjoy!!!

This keeps well in the fridge but does not last any more thanĀ a day or two at our place. I hope your family enjoys it just as much. Be sure to let me know.

*You can half the amount of cacao / cocoa and it will still be divine.

  • Tina

    Hi Bianca, do you think it would work with carob powder?

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Yes, I would halve the amount. As long as you enjoy the taste of carob I think it will be fine. Please let me know how you go.

      • Tina

        Hi Bianca, thanks – I made them with half the cocoa, and I didn’t have quite enough dates so I added a few almonds and 1/4 cup of desiccated coconut. I also pressed the mixture into patty pans to make individual serves. This worked really well as they catch all the crumbs, delicious and my son loved them!

        • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

          Fabulous!! Thank you. x

  • Sammy

    Do you or can you use activated walnuts? I prefer the taste of them, not so bitter when they have been soaked overnight. Would it add too much moisture?

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      You can soak and dehydrate the nuts. To use them straight from the water I am not sure how that would go, I think I would dry them out a little first. Please let me know how you go.

  • http://sunshinemumma.blogspot.com.au/ Sunshine Mands

    I am not sure I could wait until the brownies are cooked. I may eat them raw LOL

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      They are great raw! Enjoy. x

  • http://www.thenourishedpsychologist.com Monique

    I made these yesterday. I accidentally over processed them so they ended up really smooth but they are sensational! And no issues with crumbling at all.
    I can’t stop eating them! They will be on high rotation at my place for sure.

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you. I love them too and often go smooth. Thank you for taking the time to write. I appreciate the feedback. x

  • Maxine Karl

    Hi there, I made a half mixture of these and even when cold it just crumbled. Any suggestions to fix the problem? Would more dates help?

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Yes you can try more dates but I suspect they needed more blending time, you also need to push it firmly into the try, however I think increasing the blending time should help. I am sorry they haven’t worked for you. Bianca

  • Belinda

    I was skeptical but not sure why as everything I have made to date from your site has been gorgeous & amazing / highly praised to all I have shared with (maybe it was the baking part of what I thought should be a raw slice – I was SO wrong). Glad I gave a big chunk away today as I just finished the rest :) Thanks again Bianca, you are truly a genius and I am so glad I found you xx

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you so much Belinda!! I am glad you found me too!!! I really appreciate the feedback. I am rapt that you have enjoyed them and that some of our other recipes are working well for you. Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else you try. Thanks again, Bianca

  • Nena

    Looking forward to making this after the baby wakes up :)

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you. I hope you enjoy it. xx

  • Kate

    Medjool dates are so expensive in NZ. Is it possible to use dried dates?

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Yes, I think that will work. Just double the amount required and you may need to briefly pre soak them in some water. I hope that helps.

      • Jess

        I use the dates from the baking section at PSave – They are in a blue and yellow bag? I double the amount and haven’t had any problems! I don’t soak because I’m lazy!

  • Elly

    Hi – I made these last weekend – they were gone by Wednesday, absolutely delicious. Just one question – I had to bake mine for ages as I was thinking they would eventually get a crunch but maybe I am wrong and they are just soft? xx

    • bianca

      Hi Elly, thank you, I am glad you liked them. yes I guess they don’t really get crunchy but they do firm up once they are cooled. I store mine in the fridge and they are quite hard. I hope this helps. Bianca

  • Catherine

    Yum! My first attempt to eliminate refined sugar and white flour from my diet and these helped immensely. Planning to make your apple pie for my boyfriend Sunday…his favorite dessert. Excited to find something I can treat him with that is good for him!

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Fabulous!!!! Thank you so much! I am glad you have enjoyed the recipe. Be sure to let me know how you go with the apple pie. x

  • Lia Gardner

    I have made one of your recipes every second day since I found you. Thanks so much for all the amazing recipes. Tonight though I decided to improvise and added two tspns of coconut milk to your brownie mix. I ended up with more sticky dough on my hands than in the pan haha! Oh well, next time Ill listen to you again.

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you. I am rapt that you are enjoying the recipes, I am sorry your additions didn’t work out. I hope you get a chance to try this one again. xx

  • Rose

    I made these yesterday. I didn’t have dates so I used prunes. They are yum! Although I think they would taste even better using dates as the original recipe states. They are also wonderfully delicious with fresh strawberries on top.

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Perfect! Thank you so much. I am glad you like them. If you try them with prunes be sure to let me know how you go.

  • Andrea

    Would it work using cashews instead of walnuts?

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Yep. x

  • Treeno

    this is the recipe that i make over and over again. It is my chocolate substitute. I highly recommend it. I make deals with myself. If I don’t buy a chocolate, I can have this slice instead. I cut it into really small pieces too so I can go back for more than one.. I use about half the cacao and I like the recipe a bit soft so only cook for 12 mins. Delightful. Thank you x

    • http://www.wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      PERFECT!!!!!! Thank you so much! You sound like me! I love it! Thanks again, I really appreciate the feedback. x

  • Jess

    Has anyone had success with any nuts besides walnuts? They are SO expensive here. I just made this and it has been a $10+ endeavour.

    • http://www.wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Hi Jess, I think it would work with other nuts, what is the best option for you?