Oil Free Vegan Brownies

by Jill Dalton

Vegan Brownies

Jill Dalton
Nothing in this world satisfies the chocolate cravings quite like a dense and luscious chocolate brownie. And even though this brownie is rich and delicious it is made with whole food plant based ingredients that are gluten free, oil free, refined sugar free, and vegan.
4.86 from 14 votes
Servings 16 people
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 40 minutes

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until smooth.
  • Press into a silicone pan or a parchment paper lined brownie pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
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Nutrition info

Calories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 8gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 266mgPotassium: 333mgFiber: 6gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 9IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg

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Amanda McEachern April 26, 2020 - 6:20 pm

Jill could I use black beans? I don’t have any garbanzo beans? Thanks

Elcab July 22, 2020 - 2:24 am

I used black beans and they were great!

cleocreek August 15, 2020 - 11:12 am

I haven’t tried it yet but I have a strong feeling that adzuki beans (which are a naturally sweet bean and often used in Asian cuisine for desserts) would also be a tasty, worthwhile substitute.

Robin September 20, 2021 - 12:44 pm

I soaked my dates prior to adding the other ingredients and used black beans instead of garbanzos. The date water allowed for easier blending, but added to the bake time. I also sprinkled in a few walnuts and chocolate chips after blending. Soooo good!

gloria April 26, 2020 - 8:10 pm

What size pan for the brownies?

Jill Dalton April 29, 2020 - 10:22 am

9″ x 9″

Rachel April 26, 2020 - 9:59 pm

Hi there, I cant find the name of those beans, but is any brand chickpeas ok?

Jill Dalton April 29, 2020 - 10:21 am

Any brand of chickpeas will do =)

Angie April 29, 2020 - 12:13 pm

I made this last night. Very good brownies. Very filling. Thank you, Jill! My food processor did have some trouble processing all the ingredients. It may be time for a new one.

Robert Kribs May 9, 2020 - 11:19 am

Ditto here and my processer is brand new. I pulled the dates out and put them in my hi speed blender and then added it back and it came out fine.

Doris May 4, 2020 - 5:57 pm

The most delicious brownies I have ever tried! I cannot think of a more nutritious, filling and simple recipe. PERFECT!

GRW May 10, 2020 - 6:11 am

Can you make this without the oat flour? No flour or GF flour?

Jill Dalton May 11, 2020 - 6:46 pm

I think gluten free flour would work ok.

GRW May 12, 2020 - 4:04 am

I made it with GF flour. I assume it would have been better with oats, or maybe I needed more dates for sweetness. Either way, very delicious. Thank you.

James Mahon May 15, 2020 - 11:04 pm

Made this the first time and I did not like it. I made a few adjustments for our palette and they were great. I lessened the peanut butter but about a 1/4 cup and added 1/4 organic pure maple syrup and 2 tbsp organic local raw honey. They stayed really soft and chewy for days. Loved it. Great base recipe to fool around with and to get a lot of protein for a dessert. Thanks!

Chris January 25, 2021 - 8:24 pm

Thank you for this suggestion. When I made the original recipe, they came out very dry and crumbly, but I did your modifications and they turned out great! Thanks!

Kathy Gregg July 18, 2021 - 1:34 pm

Mine came out dry and crumbly too. So disappointed. Seems they need some liquid or something.

Juana Lang June 30, 2020 - 5:55 pm

Hi, everyone, I have recently made the jump to be a vegan. I have to say that these recipes have kept me on target. I thought it was going to be dreadful and also was very afraid of carbs. All my life, I have been supressing my carb intake. Feels amazing.

Jason Romans July 6, 2020 - 8:14 am

Jill – This recipe is absolutely fantastic. My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed making this a part of our 4th of July dessert spread; they even helped me make it. It was hilarious to hear my daughter’s shock when I pulled out the chickpeas and her promise that she would not be eating these brownies. After trying them she and the rest of us are hooked. I did add just a little soy milk while mixing in the processor as this batter gave it quite a workout (I probably could use something more powerful). Thank you, you’re amazing and we appreciate all your hard work!

Jill Dalton July 6, 2020 - 7:20 pm

Thank you Jason and I am so glad you guys enjoyed the brownies!

Kimberly Gough July 18, 2020 - 2:23 pm

Can you substitute garbanzo beans for any other kind of beans? I sadly only have one can.

Jill Dalton July 19, 2020 - 8:29 am

I haven’t tried it but it my guess is that it would work.

Kimberly Gough July 18, 2020 - 7:09 pm

Just made these. They are wonderful! Except one thing. They were so thick I couldnt process them well, so I had to add some water to thin the mix. It came out good though, and will make again. Thanks!

Tim Babcock August 9, 2020 - 11:17 am

Definitely need to add a little water to get these to mix. My food processor is on the smaller side so I mixed things in batches then combined everything together in a big bowl. I know dates are naturally sweet but they do need a little something extra. Next time I will follow the Jill lead and add honey and some maple syrup. Overall they taste good. If you’re expecting the traditional brownie taste, it’s not that but a tasty healthy other option.

Deb August 12, 2020 - 10:20 pm

My blender and food processor are weak and old so I steamed 2 c dates in 1/2 C of water for 5-10 min before adding them to my blender with blended garbanzos. Then I used 1/2 C applesauce, 1/2 c peanut butter, and put everything in my mixer. I cooked them 55 minutes. I had to resist eating the entire pan. Next time, I am going to add chopped mint and nuts.

Rajinala January 21, 2021 - 4:21 pm

Hi could you share gram measures please

susaneng March 15, 2021 - 7:40 pm

If you are using garbanzo beans dried and cooked, how many cups of beans do you need? I try to stay away from canned goods.

Jill Dalton March 16, 2021 - 11:23 am

Each can equals 1 1/2 cups cooked beans

Mary Janke April 22, 2021 - 8:26 am

Hi Jill going to make these tomorrow. Looking at the recipe I feel there should be some liquid as all the ingredients are dry except for peanut butter, which is thick and gluggy. I’m wondering if you have missed putting milk or even water to soften the dates?

Jill Dalton April 22, 2021 - 9:15 am

Yes, it is a VERY thick mixture. You can add 1/2 cup of plant milk to help things mix better.

Tom August 2, 2021 - 5:32 pm

I found your blog while searching for healthier dessert recipes, as I suspect the so-called “healthier” sweeteners like erythritol and monkfruit have been messing up my digestive system. I have to admit I had my doubts about this recipe, but I tried the suggestion to cut the peanut butter to 3/4 cup and add 1/4 cup maple syrup. They are delicious! No, they don’t taste like a traditional brownie, but they have a really good flavor that isn’t just a sugar-y type of taste. Also, I ate a couple of my stomach felt great and I wasn’t suddenly wanting to eat everything in the house. I’m eager to try more of your recipes now.

Laurie Mueller October 14, 2022 - 11:12 am

Does anyone know if you can swop out the Deglet dates for Medjool ones and if so, what is the ratio. Or does someone have the weight of the dates used ? TYIA, Laurie

Jill Dalton October 17, 2022 - 5:03 pm

Usually 2 deglet dates equal 1 medjool

Felix M. October 29, 2022 - 5:02 pm

AMAZINGLY AWESOME! My favorite brownie recipe! I plan on trying every single recipe on this website !!! Thank you for sharing these.

Abby Lorenzen December 13, 2022 - 1:51 am

Very delicious! I will soak my dates next time for easier blending. Do these need to be refrigerated?

Jill Dalton December 16, 2022 - 11:27 am


Michelle Traub February 14, 2023 - 8:31 am

Can you use cashew butter or almond butter in place of the peanut butter?

Jill Dalton February 15, 2023 - 8:38 am


Robert Melville May 26, 2023 - 5:12 pm

This is the first time one of Jill’s recipes that had disappointed. Very dry and crumbly. Brownies should have a soft moist centre but these have no source of liquid and can’t be moist. Sorry.


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