Healthy and protein-packed no-bake brownies with hemp seeds topped with a delicious chocolate ganache frosting. Gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.
I’ve never met a no-bake recipe I didn’t like. (Try saying that sentence a few times, and you’ll start wondering if it even makes sense.)
This is very true of today’s recipe—rich, chocolate, no-bake brownies with hemp seeds—no oven required. If you’ve never had hemp seeds before, let me introduce you to the tiny seed with an array of health benefits and a large protein punch.
There’s a place here in Kansas City called the Unbakery and Juicery that makes the best raw hemp seed brownies. It’s not really on my way home from work, but I often find myself stopping there to get one of those delicious brownies.
I started recreating them at home and finally have a version that I want to share.
Seven ingredients in total and these no-bake brownies are chocked full of not only hemp seeds, but walnuts and dates. A rich chocolate ganache frosting sweetened only with maple syrup means you’ve got a brownie you can feel pretty darn good about.
No-Bake Brownies with Hemp Seeds
Grease an 8x8 baking pan with coconut oil. Line with parchment paper.
Place dates, hemp seeds, walnuts, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, and water into bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth, stopping occasionally to wipe down sides.
Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Press down into pan in an even layer using a piece of parchment. The "batter" will be sticky.
In a small bowl, combine chocolate ganache frosting ingredients. Whisk until smooth.
Spread frosting over brownie layer. Place baking pan in freezer for at least two hours until set.
Remove brownies from pan using parchment flaps and cut into small squares on a cutting board. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Inspired by the Unbakery and Juicery's raw hemp brownies. Roughly adapted from my Chocolate Cherry Almond Energy Balls.