These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies are super easy to make. No bake, raw, vegan and gluten-free they are full of flavour. No-one will know that they are good for you with their intense chocolate and peanut butter taste. Perfect to make in the summer!
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(This post first appeared on Imagelicious on November 3, 2016 and is now updated with more information and new photos)
When my dad came to Canada from Russia over a quarter century ago he didn’t know about Halloween.
Our family legend goes that he was home alone that evening while my stepmom was out. She called him right around the time when little trick-or-treaters were supposed to show up and told him to turn off all the lights and hide in the basement while she rushed home with bags of candy.
I am not even sure if the story is true or if I’m making it up, but every year it makes me smile.
I came to Canada almost twenty years ago and fell in love with this holiday. I loved coming up with costumes when I was still in school and putting on makeup and decorating our front yard. I went trick-or-treating until I was 19 years old (not even exaggerating here).
Once I got older and moved out to live on my own, I started throwing Halloween parties. Those events became quite anticipated by my group of friends. We usually alternate between a regular dress-up Halloween party (you will be turned away at the door without a costume) and a themed party.
One year during a Fairy Tale themed party I decided to have a sit down dinner for about 20 people. Everyone was skeptical, but it was such a success that I was asked to do dinner style parties from now on.
Last year half of my friends had babies in the fall, so I cancelled Halloween and this year I had to cancel again. This year it was me turning off all the lights in the house and crawling to the nursery to feed my baby and hiding from trick-or-treaters.
What does this story have to do with these delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies? Well, I actually bought a big box of candy to give out but since baby didn’t cooperate I had to forgo that activity, which means that I also missed out on Halloween candy.
This is when these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies come to the rescue. They are incredibly quick and easy to make. Perfect mom-recipe as not only they require just one food processor and two minutes to measure ingredients, but they could easily be left while making them to tend to a crying baby.
They can take five minutes to make or a few hours if you get distracted and that won’t affect anything. No-one who tried these brownies even knew that they weren’t baked, that they didn’t have any chocolate or butter, that they were actually good for you.
How to make No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
These No Bake Brownies come together super quickly. Just mix all the ingredients in a food processor, if it’s a bit too dry then add a splash of rum, orange juice, or even just water.
Spread the mixture into your pan and chill for half an hour or more in the fridge or if you’d like to eat them sooner, then freeze for about 10-15 minutes.
Once the mixture is chilled, cut into small squares and enjoy. Super easy and delicious! Don’t forget to watch the video below to see how easy and quick these No Bake Brownies are!!!
What are the ingredients in these No Bake Brownies?
All the ingredients are healthy and delicious and good for you. They still contain lots of natural sugar and fats, so even though these delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies are much healthier than their regular counterpart, they should still be enjoyed in moderation.
- peanut butter
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- powdered peanut butter
- maple syrup
- orange oil
- a splash of rum (optional)
Orange Oil – do you really need it?
I’ve mentioned orange oil at least a dozen times in my recipes. You don’t really need it. But you kinda do!!!
It is one of my most used ingredients when I make desserts and it makes EVERY dessert special. About 99% of the time if I use orange oil in something sweet, people ask me what it is.
It gives the desserts an extra oomph and just makes them a bit (a lot) extra special. I very strongly urge you to try this Orange Oil.
There are two different bottles for the orange oil but they are both the same. I think they changed the label or maybe it’s just different size. I have both.
Here are some other recipes using Orange Oil
Ingredients and substitutions in the No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
- You can use medjool dates as they are crazy popular right now. However, they are quite expensive. Feel free to use honey dates instead. They are cheaper, yet just as delicious. They work perfectly in this recipe as they are also very soft. You can buy honey dates at your local bulk store usually.
- Prunes aren’t well liked in North American cooking for some reason, yet they are utterly delicious. I use prunes in this recipe to break down the sticky sweetness of the dates. Prunes add a much needed tang to these Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies.
- Peanut Butter:
- I made this recipe with natural peanut butter and the regular kind. They both work the same. If you use a natural peanut butter you might need to add a bit extra maple syrup since that kind of peanut butter has no sugar although I don’t.
- You can also use different kinds of your favourite nut butters.
- You can use sun butter also.
- Powdered Peanut Butter
- I use Chocolate Peanut Butter Powder to add a bit extra chocolate and peanut butter flavour without the fat. You can use regular Powdered Peanut Butter or you can omit it altogether. You might need to add a couple of extra pinches of cocoa powder if the mixture is too wet.
- Maple Syrup
- I don’t eat honey, so I always use Maple Syrup if I need to add a liquid sweetener.
- Feel free to use honey if you’d like.
- You can also most likely use other liquid syrups such as Golden Syrup or Agave Syrup but I haven’t tried that in these No Bake Brownies. Although, Golden Syrup is totally delicious!!
- Rum is absolutely totally delicious in these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies. It adds a bit of extra sophistication to the flavour, however it is totally optional.
- Depending on how fresh the dates are, the mixture might be a bit too dry, if that is the case and you don’t want to add rum, then you can add a splash of orange juice, apple juice, or even just a teaspoon or two of water.
How to store No Bake Brownies
These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies will last for about a week in the fridge, but to be honest they never lasted this long in my household as they go amazingly well with a fresh cup of coffee in the morning.
There’s still a lot of sugar in these brownies, but it’s healthy and natural, so I feel really good eating them.
These No Bake Brownies are smooth and fudgy and chocolatey. They have a slight tang from prunes and a hint of orange. Oh, and they will definitely hit the spot if you are missing a certain chocolate and peanut butter Halloween candy!
More No Bake Desserts
For an even healthier and no less chocolatey treat try my Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding. It is smooth and velvety and chocolate and sweet! It’s also raw, vegan, gluten-free and oh, so delicious!
Another version of dates and prunes chocolate concoction: Gingerbread Truffles.
Totally delicious Apple Pie Energy Balls.
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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies (vegan)
- 1 cup pitted dates *
- 1 cup pitted prunes
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter **
- 1/4 cup powdered chocolate peanut butter ***
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (dutch processed)
- 1 tablespoon rum or brandy or orange juice (optional)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon orange oil ****
- chopped peanuts for sprinkling (optional)
- In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and process until very smooth. You may need to stop it a few times and use a spatula to get the mixture off the sides. If the mixture is too dry, add an extra spoon of maple syrup or rum/brandy/orange juice or even a teaspoon of water.
- Place the mixture into a parchment lined form and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and press down if using.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Or freeze for 10-15 minutes.
- Store in the fridge for up to a week.
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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays too, and we throw a big party every year where EVERYONE has to wear costumes too, so fun! This recipe sounds amazing, and I definitely believe you when you say no one will know it is healthy, the flavors must be so rich. As always your photos are just breathtaking!
19! I love that, so sweet. I think I’m as excited for Halloween as my kids are – such a silly, fun night. And, I love prunes, they are totally underrated and such a good natural source of sweetness. These look perfect for road trips to the cottage and picnics with my kids.
No bake brownies! I’m jazzed about this. AND. You’ve used prunes. My friends have always made fun of me and my love for prunes, calling me an old lady, haha. But seriously, they’re SO GOOD. I have these no bake energy bars that I like to snack on pre/post run, and I think I’m going to have to add these fab brownies to my menu for a once-in-a-while treat. I mean, they’re just too easy. (And delicious!)
Marisa Franca says
No-bake brownie sounds fantastic. What a great treat and the ingredients are good for you too. When we came to this country some of the customs seemed strange, especially Halloween. But we quickly adapted. My parents got a big kick out of seeing the kids dressed up.
I love Halloween too! Though, I confess circumstances did leave me hiding from the trick-or-treaters one year, too. 🙂 I would never guess if you didn’t tell me that these are no-bake brownies! They look so fudgy and the perfect treat when you need something chocolatey. I love that you’ve used dates in them as well, they’re one of my favorite ingredients and such a wonderful natural sweetener!
There is nothing like a no stress, totally easy treat and these brownies sound like they would perfect to whip up whenever. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for orange oil. You totally sold me on that. And thanks for all the tips on how to adjust them to our tastes and pantry.
Anne|Craving Something Healthy says
I’ll bet these are so ridiculously moist and chewy. I’m totally making them ASAP especially since I don’t have to turn the oven on!
Oh man, I love Halloween too! It is hands down my favorite holiday ever. It’ll start getting even more fun when your baby is old enough to enjoy the holiday too. It is so much fun to see it through their eyes! I never tried a no bake brownie before, but I am about to try it now!
This is amazing, I can’t believe they are NO BAKE!! The ingredients actually make this a healthy food, just saying. Making these soon, can’t wait. In fact, I’m not going to tell my hubby it’s healthy. Win-Win,
A no-bake brownie….count me in,. Perfect for summer entertaining. This sounds so healthy I would eat it for dinner. I will be having the grandkids over 2 days a week this summer. Sounds like the perfect treat to make for them. Printing right now. Maybe I will even get them to help me make them too.
My daughter loves these! But I highly recommend getting that orange oil. They aren’t the same without it. If you don’t want to get it from amazon, there’s a Canadian store called Golda’s Kitchen that sells it
What exactly does the orange oil do? Is it just like an extract and has an orange flavor?
Yes. It’s like an extract. This particular one is made from the orange skins and adds incredible flavour to desserts
Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs says
What beautiful light in those pictures! Ha I grew up in the country so we just turned off the yard light if we didn’t have any candy. We were in Germany this year for Halloween and my grandmother was grumpy because it used to be a German holiday but now lots of people dress up instead. These brownies sound delicious and so easy to make!
Kate Veggie Desserts says
These chocolate and peanut butter brownies sound divine – and easy to make!
Rebecca Pytell says
O goodness! Pinned! These look so good and fudgy!
Sam | Ahead of Thyme says
These brownies look delicious! And I love that they are gluten-free and vegan!
J @ B says
Mmmmm! This brownie recipe looks and sounds so so sooooo good! I love that it’s vegan and it looks so moist and delicious!
Lisa Lotts says
Love how you hid from trick or treaters in the basement! But seriously — those brownies – yo!
Dana Sandonato says
Oh boy. I’m a total sucker for the chocolate + pb combo. I’m not much of a baker, but I need to make these. Love the photos!
Janet @ the taste space says
I can vouch for these amazing brownies! They were delicious!
Next year you will be out trick or treating. This was the first year we did anything and just visited our neighbours to introduce ourselves. 😉 If only they gave away treats like this!
Bintu - recipes from a pantry says
How amazing that they are no cook, just waiting to be enjoyed with a cup of tea
Brittany at I Love Vegan says
These look so delicious! I’ve tried a few raw brownie recipes (yum!) but these actually look cooked? I was just looking at powdered peanut butter, now I know what to buy it for!
Cricket Plunkett says
Looking at those pictures I would never guess these are raw brownies! They look incredible!
Platter Talk says
Nice recipe! So dark, rich and absolutely beckoning to be enjoyed. Thanks.