If you’re getting over a sweet tooth but find yourself craving something sweet, these Double Dark Chocolate No-Bake Brownies are sweetened primarily with date and can satisfy your desire for sweetness without the down side.



Dates are incredibly sweet, but they also contain tons of fiber and minerals. They’re a great substitute in baking and raw desserts because they add sweetness, but the added fiber makes you feel more satisfied with less.

Cacao Powder boosts serotonin levels, making you happier and improving mood.

Hemp Seeds are a complete plant-based protein, and contain omega-3’s which aid in reducing inflammation in the body and keeping your skin clear.


Here’s the recipe:

Double Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies



2 cups almond flour

1 1/2 cup dates

1/2 cup cacao powder

pinch salt


3 Tbsp. cacao powder

3 Tbsp. maple syrup, warmed*

1 Tbsp. + 1 1/2 tsp. coconut oil, liquefied


hemp seeds (optional)



  1. Make the brownie: add all no-bake brownie ingredients to a blender and blend on high until a dough like consistency is formed. Press the dough into a 6×6 inch cheesecake pan or baking dish (or hey, even a glass tupperware), to make the square shape.
  2. Remove from the pan (just push bottom up for cheesecake pan, or flip over baking dish/tupperware) and put on a plate.
  3. Make the chocolate sauce topping: In a bowl, mix together sauce ingredients until fully combined. Using a spoon or spatula, spread the sauce on top of the brownies. If you want a more frosting like consistency, refrigerate for at least an hour, to firm up the sauce.
  4. To serve, cut into squares, and sprinkle with hemp seeds, if desired.


Get the printable recipe here.



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