Raw Walnut Brownies with Fudge Frosting

square walnut brownies on parchment paper

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These Raw Walnut Brownies with Fudge Frosting couldn’t be easier. The perfect no-bake and healthy vegan treat, paleo-friendly too.





  • 3/4 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 3 TBSP  softened vegan butter2
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Line loaf pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In food processor bowl combine walnuts, pitted dates and cacao powder until walnuts and dates have broken down, mixture may look a little dry. With the motor running add in vanilla extract and water one tablespoon at a time until mixture comes together. See pictures in post.
  3. Press mixture evenly into loaf pan (I love this pastry roller tool) and place in freezer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the frosting: use electric hand or stand mixer to combine powdered sugar with vegan butter, scraping down sides of bowl with spatula as needed. Add in milk, vanilla extract and cacao powder; beat again until thick and fluffy. Make sure to start on low speed then gradually increase speed.
  5. Remove pan from freezer and frost brownies, topping with chopped walnuts and garnishing with whole walnuts.
  6. Lift parchment paper from pan and place on cutting board to cut brownies into squares. Enjoy!


Leftovers will keep in airtight container for about 1 week. 1 If not a fan of walnuts, I’d suggest using a mix of cashews and almond. 2 I tested the frosting with softened “butter” flavored coconut oil and the frosting whipped up to a good consistency. If using coconut oil, make sure it’s scoop-able soft, not liquid or hard/solid.