Raw, Nut-Free Chocolate Brownies

Raw Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies

After 12 weeks of ice cream, perhaps you were expecting a recipe for salad or juice.

Nope! The reason? This healthy, portable, nut-free and easy treat is too good not to share for back-to-school season.

A lovechild of sunflower double chocolate chip cookies and raw cocoa nibbles, these raw brownies will only take you a few minutes to make and they’re the perfect snack if you’re sending your kid into a nut-free classroom.

If you’re so inclined, you can double or triple the batch and stash them in the freezer…which might be a good idea regardless, since you’ll have a hard time resisting.

I tease about indulging, but really, there’s nothing to feel guilty about here. Sunflower seeds are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, as well as the stress-busting and energy-boosting B vitamins. Medjool dates are full of fibre and potassium, while cacao is high in iron and magnesium. That means these raw sunflower brownies will give you a good dose of energy, help to balance blood sugar levels and keep you feeling relaxed.

Now, go forth and make brownies!

Raw, Nut-Free Chocolate Brownies
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gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, soy-free, egg-free, five ingredients or less
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 16-18
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup Medjool dates (about 10), pitted and roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • 1 heaping tbsp Dandy Blend, optional
  1. In a food processor, grind the sunflower seeds into a rough meal.
  2. Add the dates, cacao powder and Dandy blend, if using, and blend for a few minutes until everything comes together. When you pinch the dough with your fingers, it should clump together easily.
  3. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and press the dough evenly into the pan.
  4. Chill, then cut into bite-sized squares.
  5. Makes about 16 squares, depending on how big you slice them.


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5 Responses to Raw, Nut-Free Chocolate Brownies

  1. Heidi @ Food Doodles September 18, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    Ooh, I love these brownies! Sunflower seeds are a great idea for a nut free version. I add a little bit of coconut in my favorite ones and I bet that would work in these as well :) Yum!

  2. Shayla G October 6, 2015 at 8:14 am #

    What is Dandy Blend? Also, do you know a source of peanut-nut-free shelled sunflower seeds in the Toronto/GTA area? I’ve never yet found one, except in other mixes, such as Enjoy Life. Thank you.

    • Sondi October 6, 2015 at 8:42 am #

      Hi Shayla! Dandy Blend is a gluten-free herbal coffee alternative, with dandelion and chicory. It tastes very similar to coffee. Hmm, maybe check with Upaya Naturals, or Prana for sunflower seeds. Also, you could get in touch with Enjoy Life and ask if they would be willing to sell you sunflower seeds only, or recommend their supplier. It never hurts to ask!

  3. Shayla G October 6, 2015 at 8:47 am #

    Thanks for the response Sondi. If these weren’t for kids, I suppose coffee would work too.
    I will contact Enjoy Life. Good idea. I will also check the other two companies.

    Many thanks! These are on my “must make” list for my nut allergic son!



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