Raw Chocolate Brownie with Caramel Icing

Sugar-free, raw chocolate brownies are full of yummy and healthy ingredients. Sweet and sticky dates are packed with polyphenols, fibre and B6, all of which may help to prevent certain types of cancer.
Find this recipe and others in the Smart Choice Cookbook, which focusses on ingredients that may aid in the prevention of cancer bought to you by CANSA and B-well. http://www.bwellfoods.co.za/cookbook/


This recipe makes 1 x 20x20cm brownie



Cooking Methods

  • Baking

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

1 hour 30 minutes


For the Raw Chocolate Brownie:

  • 10ml (2 tsp) B-well canola & olive oil
  • 250ml (1 cup) raw walnuts
  • 250ml (1 cup) raw almonds
  • 250ml (1 cup) pitted dates
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
  • 10ml (2 tsp) vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) water

For the Caramel Icing (Optional):

  • ½ banana
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) cashew butter
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) pitted dates
  • 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

For the Blueberry Compote (Optional):

  • 250ml (1 cup) blueberries
  • Zest of 1 lemon


For the Raw Chocolate Brownie:

  1. Prepare a 20x20cm square dish by spraying with B-well Canola Baking Spray.
  2. Place the walnuts and almonds in a food processor and process until roughly chopped. Do not process into a flour. Add the dates, cocoa powder, vanilla and sea salt. Process until all the ingredients are well mixed and add 60ml (¼ cup) of water, or just enough to make the mixture stick together. The mixture should look well blended with no large chunks of nuts. If needed, you can add more water, but only 15ml (1 Tbsp) at a time.
  3. Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish and allow the brownie to set in the fridge for at least an hour.
  4. For the Caramel Icing (Optional):

    1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until well combined. Pour the topping over the brownie and allow to set for another 30 minutes.
    2. For the Blueberry Compote (Optional):

      1. Blitz all ingredients until fine and serve along with the brownie.


  1. Dates: Pitted or Unpitted?
    Read our article to be sure you get pitted dates for this recipe: http://staging.foodloversmarket.co.za/pitted-vs-unpitted
  2. What is CANSA?
    CANSA stands for the Cancer Association of South Africa.
  3. Can brownies be healthy?
    These brownies contain lots of nutrients, protein and fibre which are good for you! While it uses natural sugar from dates, dates are still high in sugar and this treat should be eaten in moderation.