No-Bake Brownies with Ganache (plant-based, gluten-free)

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If you’re looking for a brownie that’s incredibly satisfying and chocolatey, has no wheat or dairy, and doesn’t require baking, look no further!
These fudgy morsels can be thrown together in 15 minutes and will be devoured in about the same amount of time if you don’t hide some of them for later!
For today's inspiration, here are a few lines from the Discourse on Happiness sutra:
“To live in a good environment,
to have planted good seeds,
and to realize that you are on the right path
—this is the greatest happiness.
To live in the world
with your heart undisturbed by the world,
with all sorrows ended, dwelling in peace
—this is the greatest happiness.
“For he or she who accomplishes this,
unvanquished wherever she goes,
always he is safe and happy
happiness lives within oneself.”
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins


Brownie base

  • 1 cup dates (soaked first if dry, then chopped up and mashed)
  • ½ cup raw walnuts or cashews, ground up in blender
  • ½ cup raw almonds, ground up in blender
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup


  • ¼ cup soy milk
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips


  • In a small bowl, soak the dates in the hottest tap water you can muster. After about 10 minutes, they should be nice and soft and you can drain them and mash them up with a fork.
  • In a larger bowl, mix together the ground up walnuts and almonds, cocoa, and salt. Then add the mashed up dates and maple syrup. Get in there with your hands and squish it all up together until it comes together into a ball of deliciousness. It’s very messy and fun.
  • Press the brownie batter evenly into a parchment-lined 8×8″ baking dish.
  • To make the ganache, pour the soy milk into a microwaveable bowl and put it in the microwave on high for about 45 seconds. Add in the chocolate chips, let them sit in the warm milk for 2 minutes to soften, then stir them in until it’s a rich, smooth, glossy, thick frosting.
  • Pour the ganache over the brownies and spread it out evenly. That’s it!
  • Cut into your raw plant-based brownies: try some of them warm and gooey, then cover the rest and put them in the fridge. They will firm up nicely in about an hour, and are just as good the next day too. These brownies also freeze very well. Enjoy! 🙂
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