Miranda Malisani – Nutrition Expert


Okay there’s no voodoo in this brownie, but it’s pretty magical that you can turn three healthy ingredients into chocolate decadence.

I’ve shared this recipe before and I’m doing it again in Jack-o-lantern form. It’s not going to end up in a trick or treat bag, but it’s just too easy (and cute) not to be passed around to all moms and dads looking to divert the kids attention from the junky junk candies and chocolates coming home in their trick or treat bags.

My boys like anything that looks like chocolate; chocolate cake, chocolate bars, chocolate chips, chocolate chunks and chocolate brownies. They much rather go to town on the chocolate treats in their halloween stash then thlogo1-2e candies. So, I am making this to have on hand the day of Halloween and the day after. I’m actually making two of them, one for each of my boys (this recipe makes enough for two small pans.)

These three ingredients combined provide healthy fats (walnuts) minerals like magnesium (raw cacao powder) and fibre (medj
ool dates + walnuts)

There’s no hydrogenated oils, food colouring, artificial colours, flavours and high fructose corn syrup and it still tastes yummy!

I get that having some of the halloween candy is part of the experience, but in our house we keep it to a minimum and instead call on the Switch Witch to take our candies and chocolates that have “tummy hurting ingredients.” She then brings a wished for toy or game as a gift in return. The boys get to pick their top 8 treats and then she gets the rest.  I’m all for the fun of Halloween, but I’d rather avoid the roller coaster of temper tantrums and tummy aches, so balance is key.

3-Ingredient Voodoo Brownie

1 cup raw walnuts
½ raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups soft Medjool dates (pitted)


  1. In a food processor add the walnuts and pulse until finely ground
  2. Add in the cacao powder and combine
  3. Add 3 dates at a time and pulse to ensure that they are broken down into the mixture. Repeat until all dates are combined and the batter is smooth
  4. Press the brownies into an 8×8 pan and either eat right away or stick in the fridge to firm up further




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