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no bake brownies on parchment paper

No Bake Superfood Brownies

The best no bake brownies packed with healthy fats, fiber, and protein from four types of nuts, dried fruit and chia seeds. These superfood brownie energy bars are vegan, gluten free, naturally sweetened, and taste just like a fudgy brownie! The perfect nutritious treat or snack.

Course Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Snack, Vegan
Cuisine American
Keyword brownie energy bars, no bake brownies, superfood brownies
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 squares
Calories 288 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the bars:
  • 1 cup packed pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raw pecans halves
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios, divided
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 tablespoon melted virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or dried cherries or goji berries)
  • 1 tablespoon warm water, if necessary
  • For the topping:
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate bar (vegan, if desired)
  • To garnish:
  • 1 tablespoon shelled chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, cherries or goji berries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • Maldon sea salt, for sprinkling on top


  1. Add dates, walnuts, pecans, only ¼ cup of pistachios to the bowl of a food processor. Process until chunky. 

  2. Next add in unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, cacao powder, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Process again until mixture is chunky and slightly clumping. If mixture is dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of warm water.

  3. Next add in remaining ¼ cup pistachios and dried cranberries and pulse again a few times until pistachios are slightly chunky. Add mixture into a 8x4 inch loaf pan lined with parchment paper, pressing evenly towards the sides of the pan.

  4. Add dark chocolate to a small saucepan and place over low heat until melted. You can also microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until chocolate is fully melted and smooth. 

  5. Pour over the bars, tilting pan so that the chocolate covers the bars evenly. Garnish the bars with 1 tablespoon of the following: chopped pistachios, dried cranberries, and chopped pecans. Place bars in the freezer for 20-45 minutes to harden.

  6. Once ready to serve, sprinkle with Maldon sea salt then cut into 8 squares. Store safely covered in the freezer for up to 1 month. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you want you can keep the melted dark chocolate off the top. They are still incredibly delicious.

See the full post for storing & freezing instructions.

Nutrition Facts
No Bake Superfood Brownies
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 160
% Daily Value*
Fat 17.8g27%
Saturated Fat 6.4g40%
Carbohydrates 31.9g11%
Fiber 5.9g25%
Sugar 22.9g25%
Protein 4.8g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.