Treat yourself to these amazingly moreish yet healthy no-bake brownies, topped with a decadent peanut salted caramel sauce. So easy to bring together that the kids can help, and no baking required. They are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and refined sugar-free (but don't let that scare you, they are still delicious!)
Healthy No-Bake Brownies with Peanut Salted Caramel Sauce
There is always room for a quick and easy treat recipe around here!
Especially one that involves no baking (hello Aussie summer).
For this super easy and healthy vegan brownie recipe you will need:
- shredded coconut
- raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- medjool dates (see notes)
- pure vanilla extract
- coconut oil melted
- peanut butter
- maple syrup
These brownies are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan.
They also require no baking which is a huge bonus.
A note on ingredients
Remember to always check the labels of your ingredients, as there can be some hidden nasties, such as preservatives or refined sugar that don't need to be in there.
Shredded coconut can tend to have lots of added sugar, so if you are avaoiding that, be sure to look for unsweetened coconut.
The ingredient label should list coconut and that is it.
Another ingredient that can include lots of added sugar.
Look for a simple ingredient list of raw cacao powder.
If you buy cocoa powder, it will likely have some added sugar.
Mejdool dates are best. These are the bigger, stickier dates (like these ones) and they will give your vegan brownies that great texture you want.
You will find them in little containers or big boxes in the fruit and veggie section of most supermarkets.
They can sometimes be in the cold section with the herbs etc.
If you can't find them you can always sub in some neglet or noor dates, although they will need to be soaked in warm water for 5 minutes and drained before being used or they will not be sticky enough.
Look for a good quality peanut butter without added sugar.
You will want to get a smooth peanut butter for this recipe so that the caramel sauce has a smooth consistency.
You want pure maple syrup, not a maple flavoured syrup.
One is actual maple syrup and the other is basically thick brown sugar water.
Always check the ingredient label!
Using good quality ingredients means you will end up with the best vegan brownie that is actually full of goodness and not sugar and preservatives.
Storing and Freezing Homemade Brownies
Once the caramel sauce has set you should store your no-bake brownies in an airtight container in the fridge.
They should last about 7 days.
These brownies can also be frozen, making them the perfect recipe to double in batch size and freeze for easy snacking.
Simply remove from the freezer and allow to thaw a little before eating.
No-Bake Brownies can be meal prepped and frozen.
If you plan on packing these brownies in a lunchbox or for a picnic etc, you should pack them with an ice-pack and consume fairly quickly, don't leave them in there all day.
If it is a hot day the caramel sauce may melt a little and become runny.
Ways To Serve Up These Healthy Brownies
These brownies are perfect as-is.
They make a great little afternoon treat with a cup of tea, or an after-school treat for the kids.
If your school is not a nut-free school, then they can make a great addition to lunchboxes.
If you want to fancy them up a bit, they can be served warm or cold with a nice dollop of ice cream or some whipped cream.
Please note that if you do heat them up the caramel sauce will melt and become runny. It will still taste delicious, just more gooey.
Need More Healthy Snacks?
Of course you do, check these out:
- Salted Caramel Macadamia Nut Clusters
- Honey Almond and Tahini No-Bake Granola Bars
- Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Fat Bombs
- Coconut and Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola
Healthy No Bake Brownies with Peanut Salted Caramel
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- 2 cups walnuts
- ⅓ cup shredded coconut
- ¼ cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- 1 ⅓ cups medjool dates (see notes)
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
- ¼ teaspoon salt
For The Brownies
- Place walnuts in a food processor and blend until it resembles a course flour.
- Add the rest of the ingredients for the brownies and blend to combine. The mixture should resemble a sticky paste.
- Place the brownie batter in a 4"x8" (10cm x 20cm) silicone mould. Alternatively, if you do not have a silicone mould then line a regular mould with parchment paper before adding the batter.
- Using wet fingers or a silicone spatula, press the surface of the batter until it evenly covers the base of the mould.
For The Peanut Salted Caramel
- Place all of the ingredients for the salted caramel into a medium bowl and whisk until well combined.
- Add the salted caramel sauce to the top of the brownie batter, spread out until it is evenly covered, and refrigertae for at least 2 hours, until the caramel is firm.
- Slice and serve.
- This will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
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