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No-Bake Vegan Date Brownies
1 h 20 m
“Sweetened with dates, these whole-grain bars provide energy and protein, thanks to nut butter. With just 5 ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, you can make these delicious, chewy brownies with no added sugar. Whip up a batch as a healthy dessert or for grab-and-go energy bars for a healthy snack.”
1 cup chopped Medjool dates
1 cup rolled oats (see Tip)
1 cup almond butter or other nut butter
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1Soak dates in hot water to cover in a medium bowl for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the soaking water.
2Meanwhile, line an 8-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving extra hanging over 2 sides. Lightly coat with cooking spray.
3Process oats in a food processor until finely ground. Add the drained dates, nut butter, cocoa powder and salt; process until very finely chopped. If the mixture seems dry, add a little of the reserved soaking water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Spread the mixture evenly and firmly into the prepared pan. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Remove from the pan by lifting the overhanging parchment. Cut into 16 squares.
To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Tip: People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.