5 Ingredient Paleo Brownies

These easy 5 Ingredient Paleo Brownies will satisfy your chocolate cravings while staying on your diet! Believe it or not, each little fudgy bite is:  raw, gluten free, paleo and vegan. 

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As mentioned on Monday in my Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie post, I realize it’s the time of year when we all clean up our diets. However, I don’t do very well when my diet is highly restricted.

The idea that I can’t have certain foods makes me want them all the more. (Even things I don’t normally crave.) I have to prepare ahead for such cravings so I don’t blow through a bag of Doritos or a slab of fudge on a feverish junky whim.

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Having a few go-to recipes for “healthy” treats, is a good idea if you just started your New Year healthy eating plan.

Today’s paleo brownies are my number one healthy treat to fall back on because they are rich and chocolatey, so easy to make, and really truly good for you.

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In fact, these paleo brownies are RAW, gluten-free, paleo and vegan. That means they are free of all grains, dairy, animal products, and processed ingredients.

So no matter what diet or cleanse you are following, you can have a little treat now and then.

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Another lovely detail about these paleo brownies is that they cut cravings, not create them. There is no highly-addictive processed sugar in the recipe, so you can have a 2-bite brownie and feel completely satisfied without that sudden urge to shovel the whole pan down your throat… You know what I’m talking about.

Today’s Paleo Brownies include only 5 ingredients:

  • Dates
  • Raw Nuts
  • Unprocessed Cocoa Powder
  • Vanilla Extract (or Vanilla Bean)
  • Raw Dried Coconut

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Place these ingredients in the food processor, and the pureed mixture creates a thick fudgy dough that can be pressed into a pan.

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Once it dries a bit, you have a solid bar of rich brownie goodness that needs no oven time. Cut the paleo brownies into small squares and keep in an air-tight container, for emergency diet moments when nothing will do except chocolate.

It happens.

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5 Ingredient Paleo Brownies

Yield: 36 pieces

Prep Time:10 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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Easy 5 Ingredient Paleo Brownies. Our fudgy brownie recipe tastes great and kicks cravings, while being raw, gluten free, vegan and paleo!


  • 2 1/2 cups dates, pitted (about 30)
  • 3 cups raw nuts (I used half walnuts and half pecans)
  • 3/4 cup raw unrefined cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free vanilla extract (or half the seeds of 1 vanilla bean pod)
  • 2/3 cup dried shredded coconut, unsweetened


  1. Test your dates for moisture. If they seem too dried out, soak them in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove the pits and place the dates in the food processor. Add the nuts, cocoa powder, and vanilla, plus 2 tablespoons of water.
  2. Turn on the food processor and chop until the mixture forms a smooth dense paste. Line a 8×8 inch baking dish with wax paper or parchment paper. Spray the paper with non-stick coconut oil spray.
  3. Scoop the mixture into the dish and press until packed and smooth. Sprinkle the coconut over the top and press a little. The brownies are ready to eat at this point, but they do cut easier if you allow them to air dry for a couple hours. Cut into 36 small pieces. Store in an air-tight container.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 36 pieces, Serving Size: 1 square

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 113 Calories
  • Total Fat: 6.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.4g
  • Sodium: 77mg
  • Carbohydrates: 13.4g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Sugar: 8.5g
  • Protein: 2.7g
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18 comments on “5 Ingredient Paleo Brownies

  1. Vahini Manoharposted April 7, 2016 at 4:51 am Reply

    Paleo Brownies looking great but instead of coconut I use dry fruits as per my taste

  2. Megan {Country Cleaver{posted January 4, 2016 at 12:47 pm Reply

    These are exactly what I need to get me through my New years resolution!! Praise!! 

    Rating: 5
  3. Odessaposted December 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm Reply

    Is there a substitute for the coconut? Growing up with 2 coconut trees in the front, I’m somewhat sick of all things coconut related other than coconut water (I do understand, I was pretty lucky though hahaha).

    Thank you!

    • Sommerposted January 5, 2016 at 7:35 pm Reply

      Hi Odessa, You can sprinkle the top with whatever you like! :)

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  5. sue|theviewfromgreatislandposted January 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm Reply

    I love how you say these cut cravings, instead of creating them, I need these in my life!!

  6. Amandaposted January 9, 2015 at 11:43 pm Reply

    I love how simple these are to make! AMAZING!!!

    Rating: 5
  7. Stirlingposted January 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm Reply

    Can I use date sugar instead of whole dates? I’ve never had luck grinding them in my processor.

    • Sommerposted January 9, 2015 at 10:14 pm Reply

      Hi Stirling! You really need the sticky density from the dates to make it all come together. Time for a new food processor? Or sometimes the dates are dried out. If they seem dry, soak them in hot water first.

  8. Gabyposted January 9, 2015 at 6:27 pm Reply

    These look really rich and delicious! I can’t believe you can make these with just 5 ingredients!

  9. Heather Christoposted January 9, 2015 at 5:06 pm Reply

    these are awesome Sommer- and my family can actually eat them!

    Rating: 5
  10. naomiposted January 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm Reply

    I’m not a dieter, but I love having a few healthy recipes to balance things out as needed and this one is great to add to the list.

  11. Jenny Flakeposted January 9, 2015 at 10:44 am Reply

    Loving your paleo recipes!! Gotta try these :)

  12. Tieghanposted January 9, 2015 at 9:32 am Reply

    Wow, these look amazing! Can’t wait to try them!

  13. Pamposted January 9, 2015 at 8:56 am Reply

    These are intriguing! Do they have to be refrigerated, or just in an air-tight container? Definitely need to try them!

    • Sommerposted January 9, 2015 at 10:02 am Reply

      Hi Pam! You can keep them in a cool dry place for about two weeks, but refrigerating does make them last longer. Although… they never last very long in my house. Blaming that on the kids. ;)

  14. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted January 9, 2015 at 7:52 am Reply

    YES!!! I want these right now – and I just so happen to have dates on hand!

  15. June Burnsposted January 9, 2015 at 6:02 am Reply

    Those sound amazing! Love how easy and healthy they are :)