No bake chili brownies – Gluten Free

These no bake chili brownies are healthy, guilt-free, and are the total indulgence without all the hassle!

No bake chili brownies

Holly smokes. These are the best No bake chili brownies I have ever made and tasted in my life.

I am amazed at how good these No bake chili brownies were and how simple they were to put together. Literally in took me about 10-15 minutes and just about another 10 minutes to wait for them to set up.

I placed them in the freezer to speed up this process but you can put them in the fridge if you like. Placing them in the freezer will work faster, which is what I wanted.

I am making these No bake chili brownies again soon but I will shape them into truffles and coat them with melted chocolate. They are going to make great truffles indeed.

These No bake chili brownies is truly a super winner recipe. The combinations for these brownies can also be different. I think using different nuts and perhaps other flavors, like orange, will also work well. Even some unsweetened flaked coconut would be great in this.

These brownies are also gluten free and dairy free. Check out my Gluten Free eBook for more never seen recipes which is only $2.00 until Christmas.


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Let me know if you get to try them and if you make any other flavors. I would like to know your results.


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Add the dates in two or three batches so that they can get minced really well. The right picture shows how they mixture will look like after all of the dates have been minced and incorporated.

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Once the mixture is ready press it down onto the 8×8 baking pan previously lined with unbleached parchment paper. Pour the ganache over the brownies and sprinkle some red pepper flakes over it. My ganache got a little bit messed up because I forgot to add the maple syrup when I was suppose to mix it in the bowl with the other ingredients. Instead I just poured it over and tried to mix it in with a spatula last minute. As you can see the ganache got a bit lumpy.


Cut the brownies into squares and store in a cake stand for up to 4-5 days. These are spicy, fudgy and delicous so I hope you get to try them. They are truly sensational. The best no bake fudgy brownies ever!

No bake chili brownies


No bake chili brownies- Gluten free

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 16 pieces

Total Time: 15-20 minutes


  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp flax seed meal
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Celtic salt


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes


Line a 8x8 square baking pan with unbleached parchment paper and set aside.

In your food processor add the walnuts, chili powder, flax seed meal and cinnamon and pulse until fine. Add the cocoa powder and pulse for 10 seconds. Add the pitted dates in 2-3 batches. Press the mixture into the pan.

In a small bowl, mix the topping ingredients and pour it over the brownie mixture. Sprinkle the red pepper flakes if using. Place the brownies in the fridge until set or in the freezer  for about 5 minutes. Cut the brownies into squares and store in a cake stand for up to 4-5 days.

NOTE: My dates were really moist. I have seen some dates that are quite dry. If you have dry dates make sure you soak them in hot water for at least 15 minutes. If your mixture is still dry after blending all of the ingredients together in your food processor add 2-4 tbsp of almond milk to help it.

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 10.49.26 PMNutrition facts calculated based on the recipe giving 16 pieces


  1. These look amazing Miryam! I can’t wait to try them!

  2. this is a dessert that is actually good for you. bookmarking it. thanks Miryam! Can’t wait to try it, most likely after the holidays… lol.
    That’s the best time to try healthy desserts.

  3. OMG! How original is this recipe?! I love that it’s vegan, and SO easy to throw together! Good idea to try the coconut flakes next time.

  4. I am kind of in awe of these (and you) at the moment. These are serious gamechangers.

  5. What a genius idea! I’m pretty obssesed with dates lately, so I’m definitely giving this recipe a try. I love how it’s no bake and super healthy. And they look so fudgy! x

  6. wow These brownies look out of this world delicious! I can’t wait to give it a go!

  7. cant wait to whip these up tomorrow. beautifully done and the salty and spicy with the chocolate… just so many thinks to be thankful for , all in one treat! question: cake stand setting out or in the fridge? thanks for sharing : )

  8. These look unbelievable! OMG!

  9. Next time I crave brownies, I am making these!!
    Would be great with Garden of Life’s Perfect Food RAW cacao powder to get some greens in there!

  10. These were VERY dry and crumbly, not even close to your pictures. Both the cake and the ganache
    are like saw dust, may stir them into a pudding, or use as a topping on yogurt the taste is good but not edible.

    • I am so sorry to hear this. I think it can be due to the dates. The dates that I have are moist, how were yours? Maybe I will add a note regarding that. If your mix is crumbly how about adding some almond milk to make it come together? You won’t need much. I will say no more than 1/4 cup. Sorry this didn’t turn out as expected.

  11. you are right , Miryam. there is a huge difference in dates and i stick with the medjool and find success. hope you try again, Judy and you will see… excellent recipe! when i make these, i like mine with sea salt on top instead of the red chili flakes. easy and divine!!!

  12. OH MY!!! Just made these….used a mix of walnuts and hazelnuts – lightly toasted before processing. Had to soak my dates, and thus needed some extra moister, so used coconut milk instead of almond milk. Used ancho chile powder, along with cocoa powder, cinnamon and coconut oil for the ganache. Topped with a sprinkle of chia seeds and candied ginger.

    Nice recipe, thank you!!!

  13. Made these last night – delicious and big hit with my kids! Thank you!!

  14. These are so awesome! My husband thought I had baked brownies. So much easier than that.. and so much better!!!!

  15. What can you use instead of flaxseed meal? Semolina? Cornmeal? Ground almonds? I don’t want to ruin it! Does flaxseed meal have a strong distinctive flavour?

  16. These look really good…I’ve made traditional brownies with chili powder and that is a great taste. My question…can you use chia seeds in place of the flax?

  17. Can you taste the chili powder or is really subtle? This recipe looks amazing. My son is a chocolate freak, but I’m unsure about the chili powder. Sounds good to me though!

  18. Is it cocoa powder or cacao powder? Do they create different tastes, or textures? or are they interchangeable?

    • It is cocoa powder. That is the more general term and most ingredient use. You can also find cacao powder which it is essentially going to create same texture but the composition is a bit different. For purposes on this recipe stick with cocoa powder. Thanks for stopping by!

  19. I just came across this recipe and made them tonight and WOW! They are soo good! I may never go back to regular brownies :) Thanks for making a vegan and gluten-free recipe that is relatively easy, as they can be hard to find! Your blog is one of my go-to’s for delicious and healthy recipes :)

  20. These look amazing! Luckily I already have all the ingredients too so I’ll be trying these out tomorrow. Thanks Miryam!

  21. Made these tonight. They are delicious! Will make again. They are very rich dark chocolate.

  22. Looks awesome can we use macadamia nuts instead of walnuts?

  23. This recipe is the boss! I used macadamian nuts instead. Added some milk to soften the mixture. For the topping I added hot chocolate powder and halved cocoa powder. Added a small bit of cream and vanilla extract. Thank you for all your awesome recipes!

  24. I made these. Very yummo.
    Thought I’d add some lime juice and rind as I love chilli and lime chocolate. Worked well. A definite make again

  25. Hi, can I substitute the coconut oil with another oil like olive oil/corn oil/soya oil or even just butter?


  26. I don’t like dates, can raisons be substituted? I really want to try this.

  27. You think I could use figs instead of the dates? I have a HUGE bag in my fridge and nothing to do with them…. brownies always sound good!!! 

  28. Concerned by the fat content – could the coconut oil be left out all together? Thanks a lot!!

  29. Thanks for this recipe is awesome! I’m trying to eat healthy but staying away from sweets is the hardest and this really helps! For some reason though the ganache didn’t work very well, it tastes great but instead of soft and shiny it was a bit dull and pasty, what could have gone wrong?

  30. These were yummy but found the chilli taste a little strong, would maybe put in half a teaspoon next time! 

  31. This is my next weekend/rainy day try! You mention in the introduction that they would make great truffles. That’s something I’d like to try. Would that be a case of just mixing the dates and ganache together, chilling and shaping?

  32. Hey!
    could you suggest a replacement for flax seed meal?

  33. Just wondering if the Chili powder is just ground Chili or is it the Chili blend for making savoury Chili???!

  34. These look delicious! I’ll certainly be making them! Lately I’ve been making ganache by heating up homemade coconut milk, adding “Enjoy Life” brand Mega Chunks, and mixing until melted. I sometimes make it just so I can eat it right out of the bowl!  Love your recipes – thank you!

  35. Is the serving size for nutrition facts listed per 1 brownie? If so what size? 

  36. Great recipe. I think using ancho chike powder is best. Just “Chile” powder has too much cayenne that I don’t think blends as well with chocolate. I substituted espresso powder sprinkled instead of the red pepoer flake. I also took a comment suggestion snd added candied ginger and added a little cardamom. Next time im going to try orange zest

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