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Sugar free brownies with dates – Vegan + Paleo

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Sugar free brownies with dates. The best fudgy date brownie recipe, 100% vegan, paleo and gluten free with no refined ingredient or added sweetener. Clean eating brownie.

This Sugar-free brownie with dates is the best fudgy date brownies recipe, 100% sweetened with dates – no other sweetener added- gluten-free, vegan, and paleo. An easy date brownies recipe made in a food processor with only wholesome ingredients.

Sugar-free brownies with dates – ultimate fudgy brownies

Let’s take a minute to talk about this little beauty. I shared with you plenty of sugar-free brownie recipes during the past year. I mean 100% sugar. Your two favorites are my sugar-free brownie with coconut flour and my fudgy low carb avocado brownie. Both are amazing. But recently I switched to a vegan diet, allowing myself to slightly eat a tiny bit of natural sweetener – like fresh dates – but no more eggs, butter, or milk. I scratch my head, look at with vegan brownie recipe online but all used added sweetener with the dates. It was too much sugar for me.

Sugar free brownies with dates. The best fudgy date brownie recipe, 100% vegan, paleo and gluten free with no refined ingredient or added sweetener. Clean eating brownie.

Sugar-free brownie ingredients

I came up with my own recipe. A sugar-free brownie with dates. Dates are a great natural sweetener full of nutrients and fibers. Plus, it adds the most delicious fudgy texture to brownies. This is an easy brownie with dates recipe. All you need is a good food processor to pulse the dates into a smooth puree. This recipe is so easy that you don’t even need to drain the soaked dates. All the water stays in the food processor to create the fudgiest sugar-free brownies with dates. You need:

  • Dates – I used Tunisian Deglor dates
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Almond  flour
  • Flaxmeal
  • Baking powder
  • Almond milk
  • Salt
  • Vanilla essence

Sugar free brownies with dates. The best fudgy date brownie recipe, 100% vegan, paleo and gluten free with no refined ingredient or added sweetener. Clean eating brownie.

Making a sugar-free brownie

I soaked the dates in boiling water directly into the food processor. This way, I don’t need to clean an extra bowl. After 10 minutes, process the dates and water to form a date paste. Don’t go crazy if there are pieces of dates left. It is fine! Then, add all the ingredients EXCEPT your almond milk. Process to combine, for just 30 seconds. You’ll get a thick sticky black brownie batter, slightly dry. That is the time to add the almond milk. Blend 10 sec gain. You just got the shiniest, creamy fudgy brownie batter with no eggs! I can’t stop eating this batter raw. So good!

Sugar free brownies with dates. The best fudgy date brownie recipe, 100% vegan, paleo and gluten free with no refined ingredient or added sweetener. Clean eating brownie.

But these sugar-free brownies with dates won’t be as delicious without their date frosting. While baking prepare your quick 3-ingredients date frosting. Again, super easy. You need a blender and:

  • Dates
  • Water
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder

You can add some vanilla essence if you like or salt for a salted caramel flavor.

Sugar free brownies with dates. The best fudgy date brownie recipe, 100% vegan, paleo and gluten free with no refined ingredient or added sweetener. Clean eating brownie.

This dates brownie is EXTREMELY fudgy. It is the kind of brownie that covers your teeth with creamy dark chocolate fudge. Not the best to seduce on Valentine’s day unless you think it is cute.

Sugar free brownies with dates. The best fudgy date brownie recipe, 100% vegan, paleo and gluten free with no refined ingredient or added sweetener. Clean eating brownie.

My girl loved this brownie. She was covered with chocolate all over her mouth and hands. Emma could not believe me when I said there was no real chocolate in the recipe. She usually won’t eat raw dates but she loved this sugar-free brownie with dates. Enjoy the recipe!

xoxo Carine

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Sugar free brownies with dates. The best fudgy date brownie recipe, 100% vegan, paleo and gluten free with no refined ingredient or added sweetener. Clean eating brownie.

Sugar free brownies with dates

Sugar free brownies with dates. The best fudgy date brownie recipe, 100% vegan, paleo and gluten free with no refined ingredient or added sweetener. Clean eating brownie. 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

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Brownie With Dates

Date Chocolate Frosting

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  • Preheat oven to 350 F degree (180 C).
  • Cover a brownie square pan, 8 x 8 inches, with parchment paper. Grease the paper slightly with coconut oil. Set aside. 
  • In a food processor, add the pitted dates and cover with boiling water. Make sure the water cover all the dates, if needed arrange the dates in a thin layer to ensure they soak properly. Close the food processor and let soak in the water for 10-15 minutes, or until the dates are soft. 
  • Process the dates until it forms a date paste - about 1 minute on medium speed. You may have to stop the food processor, every 20 seconds, scrap down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and repeat until a creamy consistent date paste forms. It is ok if there is some tiny pieces of dates left in the batter. It will taste like caramel when baked.
  • Add unsweetened cocoa powder, ground almond, flaxseed meal, vanilla essence, salt, baking powder. 
  • Process for 20-30 seconds on medium speed. Open the food processor - you should obtain a dark, sticky chocolate brownie batter, slightly 'dry' and that is what you want.
  • Add almond milk, process again for 20 seconds.  Open the food processor, the batter should now be shiny and moist. 
  • Spread the brownie batter into the prepared 8 x 8 inches square pan.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes or until the top of the brownie is set. 
  • When the brownie is cooked, cool down in the pan  for about 20 minutes at room temperature or near an opened window.
  • Pull the parchment paper to easily un mold your brownie with out breaking.  Place the brownie on a square plate, place another plate on top, flip over. Peel the parchment paper and let the brownie fully cool down before adding the frosting.
  • Spread the date chocolate frosting over the brownie using a spatula. The brownie will be moist at first, it gets super fudgy when totally cool down. I recommend to store your brownie an hour in the fridge to get super dense, fudgy and set the frosting.
  • Cut the brownie in 16 squares - I found that using a cake plastic knife makes cutting easier. 

Date Chocolate Frosting

  • Store up to 4 days in a square cake pan with lid. 
  • While the brownie is cooking, prepare the frosting. Add the pitted dates in to a blender. Cover with boiling water Set for 10-15 minutes or until the dates are soft. 
  • Blend until it forms a date paste. Stop the blender. Add the unsweetened cocoa powder. 
  • Blend again until it forms a thick creamy frosting. It is optional, but now you can add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence or 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to add some extra flavors. Blend again 10 seconds to combine those added ingredients if used.
  • Spread over the brownie when cool down. I used all my frosting but if you have  leftover, store in the pantry and use the date chocolate frosting at breakfast on toast.
Milk: any milk will work in this recipe. I used almond milk but you can use soy milk, oat milk, rice milk or regular milk if not vegan.
Boiling water: the recipe used very hot boiling water straight from the saucepan, not cold water that has been boiled before ! 
Storage: I recommend to store this brownie in  square cake pan with lid in the fridge. The cold will makes the brownie even more fudgy and dense. Plus, it will set the frosting. Store up to 4 days in the fridge.
Cutting: I recommend to use a cake plastic knife to cut the brownie easily. This brownie recipe makes 16 brownie squares
Serving size: nutrition panel is for one brownie square with frosting. This recipe makes 16 brownie squares.
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Nutrition Facts
Sugar free brownies with dates
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.5g7%
Carbohydrates 31.1g10%
Fiber 5.3g22%
Sugar 23.8g26%
Protein 3.4g7%
Net Carbs 25.8g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Sugar free brownies with dates. The best fudgy date brownie recipe, 100% vegan, paleo and gluten free with no refined ingredient or added sweetener. Clean eating brownie.

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  1. 3 stars
    The flavor of these wasn’t bad, but they never set up well. Even after cooking them longer and setting in the fridge for an hour they were like pudding in the middle. They were also perfectly sweet on their own without the frosting.

  2. 4 stars
    I made these & the consistency was perfect. But my flavor was off, almost a spicy bitter aftertaste. I used medjool dates, but everything else was the same. Any ideas?

  3. 5 stars
    DEEEEEELICIOUS!!! Rich, fudgy, healthy brownies. Quick and easy to make. Thank you for sharing your love of baking!

  4. 5 stars
    The flavor is amazing. I baked mine for 20 minutes and the texture seemed kind of mousse like, but firmer. Should I bake longer or is that how they should be?

  5. Dear Carine,looking very much forward to trying your recipe for the first time in my German home, just a quick question: is your mentioned almond meal the same as almond flour? Or is the meal rather similar to ground almonds? I’ve learned that almond flour is different from ground almonds and can not be substituted 1:1. Thanks! Cheers, Claudia

  6. 5 stars
    Super great recipe. I’m always on the hunt for vegan desserts that are only sweetened with fruit. Definitely will make again! Thanks for the recipe!

    • No you can never swap one by the other. Coconut flour has 4 times more fiber and its really liquid absorbent, it’s a new recipe to create with different wet/dry ratio. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

    • It should work but I am not sure how much you will need. It will have to match the amount of dates that I pulse into a paste with the cup of boiling water. I didn’t measure that amount so I can’t help much but making your own date paste as explain in the recipe is way easier and cheaper! Enjoy the brownie, XOXO Carine

  7. 4 stars
    Every thing about this tastes amazing! I ended up serving with a raspberry coulis drizzled on top and it was fantastic. A couple of procedural notes I had difficulty with: First, I used the wrong size Cuisinart bowl for my brownie mix. If I would have used the medium bowl, I think it would have blended easier with less interaction from me. Then, tried making the frosting in the same size…fail. Moved to smallest size…fail. So I pulled out my stick blender and did it in the mixing cylindar for that, which was challenging but worked best of all the options I tried. The frosting took as long as almost everything else did, including cooling. Not sure what I was doing wrong. Salvaged it, added frosting to the cooled brownie, drizzled raspberry coulis over it and it had amazing accolades!! I just don’t think I used the right size of anything and it was difficult. I’ll know better for next time. Awesome recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    super great, most guilt free recipe ever! not even just good as oiless, sugarless, flourless brownies but just as brownies. period. leave in a fridge and microwave/ heat it up for the best fudgy taste!

  9. hi! would this recipe work with a blender instead of a food processor? looking forward to trying this recipe !

    • It will work but it will be pretty messy, difficult to scrape out of the jug, as a blender base is narrower than blender. Enjoy the brownie, Take care, XOXO Carine.

  10. Hello
    Would it work to use oatmeal rather than almondmeal? I ask because it’s something I have always have to hand whereas almond meal is very expensive and hard to get hold of around here.
    Looking forward to trying this bake either way.

    Thank you.

    • It should work with oat flour (blend oatmeal into a thin flour in a blender). However the recipe won’t be keto low cab anymore. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  11. 5 stars
    Just made these brownies, they are AMAZING! Love how chocolate-y and rich they are. Due to my batter being a bit wet, I had to bake them for double the bake time, but no biggy. They turned out splendidly. Definitely would recommend this recipe!!

    • The recipe doesn’t use wholewheat flour, it is a combo of almon meal and flaxseed. If you choose to use all-purpose flour instead of almond flour, it should work but texture will be much different. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  12. 5 stars
    I’m more plant based and I was looking for an easy vegan brownie recipe. Made these last night without the topping. Made my own almond and flaxseed meal. They came out super delicious! My non plant based friends loved them!! I used a cupcake pan to bake them. Perfect!!

    • No as stated in the recipe you soak the dates in the food processor then directly blend without removing the water! Enjoy the brownies. XOXO Carine.

  13. 5 stars
    Made these and they tasted great without the topping. However is it possible to get these a bit less fudgy? Can i reduce the water or add more almond flour? Thankz

    • I am happy you love the brownies! I am not sure how to change the texture tho I created this recipe to be extra fudgy. May be adding less water can help indeeed. Let me know if you give it a go! Enjoy the recipes on the blog. XOXO Carine.

  14. 5 stars
    Great! This recipe doesn’t contain any oil or butter! Im surprise

    Can I ask if I substitute almond meal with oat flour or gluten free flour instead? Coz i dont eat almond and nuts.

    Thank you so much, your recipe is interesting!

    • Yes oil free and delicious ! Usually oat flour works really well instead of almond meal, it may dry out the batter slightly as it contains a bit more fiber. Enjoy the brownies and let me know how it goes ! XOXO Carine.

  15. 5 stars
    This is the best brownie recipe ever! I applaud this recipe as it requires no: oil, butter, added sugar, flour. I made the recipe as it states! WOW Wonderful! I only added: 1./2 c. toasted walnuts to the batter and to the icing: 1/2 c. of unsweetened coconut chips. BRAVO!

    • Oh thank you ! This is such a beautiful comment. I hope you will enjoy more recipes on the blog. XOXO Carine.

  16. Hi Carine, Just stumbled upon your site and I am very excited to try many of the recipes I have seen. Tonight I am going to make these for my friend’s birthday. She has cancer and is on a very strict plant based diet so she will be ever so happy to have these as a treat. She is a true lover of chocolate.
    I am wondering how I find you on facebook? I would love to share this site with all my friends!

    LJ Brinkman

  17. 5 stars
    Wow wow woow wow this is the best brownies everrrr!!!!
    I tried so many recipes and they were good but this! The besssst
    Thank you so much!

    • Thanks so much for this lovely feedback ! It makes me SO happy. Enjoy the recipes on the blog. XOXO Carine.

  18. This recipe did not work. I followed to a t. They were any where near done at 20 min so i cooked longer. They ate just like biting into a raw brownie and not in a brownie batter kind of way.

    • This is the first time someone report this issue on this recipe. It looks like your brownie wasn’t baked long enough. Simply bake it for longer next time, I suppose your oven is different and you require a longer baking time. Try 30-40 minutes, it will obviously come out great with a slightly longer baking time. Enjoy the recipes on the blog. XOXO Carine.

  19. 5 stars
    OMG so delicious! Best healthy brownie recipe I have tried to date (pun intended!) I did not have quite enough almond flour on hand so used half almond, half coconut. I was surprised there was no fat. I thought for a second I had left something out. Your instructions are very clear and this was easy to follow. What helped was having a food processor, and using a very high quality cocoa. I also didn’t have flax so just left it out. Will buy the correct ingredients for next time, but this still turned out well.

    • I am so happy to read your comment today. I love when my recipes turn out well and people love them 🙂 Plus, I love all your substitution and I will try the coconut flour next time!Great point! Have a lovely time on my blog and thanks for trying my recipe. XOXO Carine.

  20. 5 stars
    I like this recipe very well, but find that at 350, even on convection setting in my oven, 20 minutes not nearly enough time to get it solid enough to cut after cooling. I confess, I baked mine for about 40 minutes, and they came out great.

    • That is probably because you are using convection setting, I don’t, but also each oven is very different so the best is always to check the cooking after 20 minutes and keep baking the brownies until baked to your taste. Thanks for your comment! XOXO Carine.

  21. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe, it was absolutely delicious!! It was very popular too. 🙂 I will make it often.

    • I am so glad to read that! Enjoy all the different healthy brownies recipe on the blog and thanks again for trying my recipes! XOXO Carine

    • There is no ‘flax egg’ in this recipe. I used 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal indeed but I don’t soak it with 3 tablespoons of water. If you are using an egg instead of the tablespoon of flaxmeal it maybe slightly too liquid and you may need to adjust the amount of almond meal. Don’t you have flaxmeal ? Let me know if you try ! Carine.

  22. 5 stars
    Thank You 🙂
    Une autre question :
    I have mazafati Dates, its very fudgy ans Sweet , its ok ?
    Can i Taste the beownie very cold or warm ?

    • Bien sur ! Any sorts of dates will work well in this recipe. The brownie is delicious hot or cold. I personally love to store my brownies in the fridge for extra fudgy texture – up to you ! Enjoy the blog. Merci et a bientot! Carine.

    • Sorry I don’t bake in ml or grams so I don’t provide those measurement on the blog. You can use google to convert them easily. Enjoy the blog! A bentot, Carine.

  23. 5 stars
    hello 🙂

    I’m French and I’m very happy to discover this recipe,
    there are nothing in France ,
    can I use tiggernut flour instead almond flour ?
    and coconut milk instead almond milk ?
    I can eat chocolate so I use carob 🙂

    thank you

    • Bonjour! Je suis francaise aussi! Very happy to have you on the blog. I won’t substitute the flour as tiggernut don’t contains the same amount of fibre it will change the texture of the brownie quite much. Any plant based milk are ok though. So yes, coconut milk or almond milk will works. Enjoy the healthy desserts on the blog. XOXO Carine.

  24. Hi.
    I’m in the UK and not sure what almond meal is.
    Is it ground almonds?
    And is flax meal ground flax seeds?
    Many thanks and they look absolutely lush! X

    • Hello from New Zealand ! So yes almond meal is the same as ground almonds or almonds flour. Flax meal is ground flax seeds. Enjoy the brownies my friend. XOXO Carine.

    • Hi ! I never used cassava flour in my life – I am missing out on something I guess 🙂 I am not sure how it goe sin baking but I am pretty sure it will work as I read it works as a good 1:1 ratio substitute to almond meal. Let me know if you give it a go! I am always happy to learn new things and test them later ! Have a great baking time. XOXO Carine.

    • I must confess, I did not try to freeze those, we eat them all within 3 days 🙂 It stores very well in the fridge and even gets fudgier after few hours in the fridge. I am pretty sure it will freeze well as any other brownies. Let me know if you give it a go! I am always happy to learn from you ! XOXO Carine.

    • Hi Ashley, I guess it will work but it may be less fluffy as almond meal is a lighter flour. I am not using white flour as almond meal is more nutrient dense and gluten free. Let me know how it goes if you give it a try ! XOXO Carine.

    • Hi, I would recommend chia seed instead. It really helps the brownie to hold well together – act as an egg replacement. Enjoy ! XOXO Carine.

    • Hi, I guess you mean coconut flour and not flower? If yes, I won’t recommend to use coconut flour in this recipe. Coconut flour is much more absorbent due to the amount of fibre it contains – about 43% It will dry up the brownie and it won’t work. If you like coconut flour brownie and can eat eggs try my sugar free coconut flour brownie recipe here ! You will love it. Have a lovely day, Carine.


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