Recipe: Raw Brownies

Raw Brownie

Raw Brownie

After all those healthy salad recipes, I was ready for some dessert! These raw brownies fit the bill without being too unhealthy.

They are gluten-free and paleo, but not too sweet. My husband was not a big fan, but I think they are great! You might not want to tell your kids/spouse what is in them until after they’ve had a bite.

If you’re like me, and find your Costco bag of avocados all ripe at the exact same time, this is a great way to use them fast!


Raw Brownies Adapted from Oprah Magazine

Brownie Layer:

  • 2 C raw pecans
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest
  • 1 lb medjool dates
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 C cocoa powder


  • 3 avocados
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 C cocoa powder
  • 1/2 C agave nectar

Line a 9×9-inch pan with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil. Process pecans, salt, and orange zest in food processor. Pit the dates and add to food processor, pulsing to combine. Add vanilla, and peeled and pitted avocado and process. Add cocoa powder and process. Scrape into prepared pan and press into an even layer.

Pit and peel avocados and add to food processor with the rest of the frosting ingredients. Process until smooth, scraping sides occasionally. Spread evenly on brownie layer. Freeze for a few hours.

After brownies are mostly frozen, remove from pan and cut into bite-sized pieces. Store in freezer until ready to serve, and serve cold.


  1. Yum! These look like a healthier way to keep up with my sweet tooth. Would you say they are more on the fudge-y or the cake-y side?

  2. Kel, these are definitely more fudge-y. In fact, I consider them more of an ice cream dessert, because you can eat them right out of the freezer and should not sit at room temperature for too long (since they are too soft at room temp).

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