BimbyBilly’s Best Brownies (a raw food surprise)


These are very rich brownies, not-so-sweet and very chocolaty. They defy the impression most people have of ‘raw food’, and have been a staple in the kitchen of my friend Billy for years.

The version below is adapted for Thermomix from the original  which appears in Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet.

Billy’s Best Brownies

BimbyBilly's Best Brownies (a raw food surprise)
Cuisine: Thermomix
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 160 g walnuts
  • 240 g about 12 large whole pitted medjool dates
  • 40 gr pure cocoa powder
  • dash of salt
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  1. Put walnuts and dash of salt in TM bowl. Process 10 seconds/speed 5.
  2. Add dates and process 10 seconds/speed 5. (Push down from sides of bowl with spatula if needed)
  3. Add vanilla and cocoa powder. Process 10 seconds/speed 5.
  4. Done!
Expect this mixture to look very much like regular brownie dough. (Avoid over-processing because nut oils will be released and dough will become slick.) Mix should stick together nicely when pinched. Press into a flat container with edges -- such as a small cake pan or brownie pan. Alternatively, you might shape these into mini-cupcakes, and place each in a paper liner or mini muffin pan.

Important: Cool in fridge for at least two hours to firm up.

Additional note: If you're unable to find medjool dates, and you are using regular dates, you may need to add 1-2 Tbsp. of water for dough to become sticky enough. Any additional chopped nuts or dried fruit may be folded in by hand, just prior to pressing the mix into shape. And/or, you might choose to add Goji berries or pretty seeds on top of each brownie for decoration, as in the photo above.


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See 15 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

  1. Sonny Navaratnam March 3, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    Brilliant! Made it for my students and they are still trying to grasp how good it was even though in their eyes, there was no sugar, no flour, no milk, no eggs… ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.. Thank you for sharing this recipe. My wife wants to write a book for men on how to attract, connect with, share with and keep their dream woman and she feels they will all need to learn to make this dish.. :)

  2. ThermomixBlogger Helene March 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Hi Sonny — nice to hear from you! I like the premise of your wife’s book. If you are the type of man who makes these seductive brownies, I guess she can write much based on personal experience ;-) Chocolate works wonders in the attraction phase. Communication works well in the connecting phase. Generosity helps with sharing, even if it feels unnatural or forced at first, it can still be very effective. And all of the above on a daily basis work well for keeping her close. (imho)

  3. Malika March 19, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    I agree, this recipe is a gem. I ran out of walnuts so added 60 grams of almonds. It turned out lovely. Thank you so much!

  4. ThermomixBlogger Helene March 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    Thanks for taking time to send feedback Malika! I agree, this recipe is a gem. Isn’t it super how “healthy” can taste so sinfully good sometimes? Cheers, H.

  5. TRONC April 1, 2011 at 9:17 am #


  6. ThermomixBlogger Helene April 2, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Hello Tronc — C’est un tel plaisir de rencontrer des amis Thermomix de la France. Merci pour le commentaire! A la prochaine…

  7. Erica October 17, 2011 at 2:34 am #

    Just made our third batch of these in as many weeks! Love them. Thanks for the recipe :)

  8. Erica October 17, 2011 at 2:40 am #

    Ha ha.. too funny! Forgot to mention that I was making the Brownies “In The Mix” given that the competition is still open ;)

  9. ThermomixBlogger Helene October 17, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Great Erica, so glad you like these simple raw brownies as much as I do! (Oh, did I mention “decadent”? Hard to believe something so simple and raw could be so decadent… Oh the power of good cacao!”

    That reminds me.. Hmmm… come to think of it, these might not be truly ‘raw’ if using cocoa powder which has been heat-processed. Raw cacao would make them truly raw though. I must try this recipe again using whole raw cacao beans to start.)

  10. Thermomix Tarif Defterim December 1, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    Hi Helene,

    I don’t think my lifetime will be enough to try all your great recipes in your blog but I surely dye tryin’ :)

    I made also these ones and they were splendid!
    I had fun while people tried to guess what was inside.
    We are not much used to raw food around here :)

    Thank you for sharing…

  11. Thermomix Tarif Defterim December 1, 2011 at 2:50 am #

    I meant die tryin’

  12. Oriana May 29, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    Im dying to try theses but why can I replace the walnuts with, maybe coconut?? My kids are allergic to nuts :(

  13. Jenny Hopkins August 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Please advise what the brand is of pure Cocoa Powder, I am not much of a cook but keen to surprise my grandchildren with these

  14. ThermomixBlogger Helene August 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Hi Jenny: I’ve made this recipe with organic Camino brand cocoa powder because that’s what we can easily get here in North America. Any good cocoa powder from a natural food store or specialty chocolate shop will do. You don’t want to use the hot chocolate powder or basic brand dry cocoa. Better quality really does make a difference in this recipe. Thanks for your question!


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