The day we discovered these raw brownies from My New Roots changed the way we thought about desserts. It’s possible to make something sweet and tasty without sugar, flour, butter, or baking? It seemed like magic!
Well, it is kind of magic — magic by way of Medjool dates, that is. These dates are caramel-y sweet and the perfect base for a natural dessert.
These treats are nothing but dates + oats + raisins + spices. This makes them no bake, vegan, gluten free, naturally sweet, with only 5 ingredients (minus salt), and they take about 5 minutes to make (not including clean-up…!). No bad!
There are many versions of raw cookies / brownies floating around the Internet; I based this recipe loosely on Heidi’s cookie dough bars. The main difference of our recipe below from other raw cookie / brownie recipes is that I chose to leave omit the nuts, which are generally a required ingredient. They turned out just as delicious, though you could add in a bit of walnuts for added richness if you’d like. (The only difference we noticed was that they became a bit harder in texture after a few days of keeping, but still tasted good!)
We loved them and will definitely be making them again and again. They’d be an especially great “treat” for kids, since they’re made fully of natural ingredients.
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup Medjool dates
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup raisins
- Remove the pits from the dates. In the bowl of a food processor, add the first 5 ingredients. Turn on the processor and blend until a dough comes together and all of the oats are thoroughly combined. If the dough is too crumbly, add a few additional dates.
- Add the raisins and gently pulse a few times to combine (do not over-process at this point, or the raisins will become chopped into pieces.)
- Remove the dough from the bowl of the food processor and shape into balls.