No-Bake Cocoa Brownies with Raspberry Jam Buttercream

2I’m finding out more and more that I love baking desserts, but fail to make foods that could actually be used in a meal. I’m going to work on this — bring on the main dishes and sides! But here’s one dessert I couldn’t help but give a try. (Plus the brownie part of this dessert is a great protein boost– you could eat it for breakfast!)

No-Bake Cocoa Brownies 

I found this recipe in a Daniel Diet cookbook. The frosting recipe below is not. I’m still searching for a Daniel Diet version! 


  • 4 cups pecan pieces
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup honey


  • Chop nuts into meal.
  • Combine nuts, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt and stir.
  • Gradually add in honey.
  • Remove dough from bowl and press mixture evenly into square baking pan (I used an 8-inch).
  • Place brownies into refrigerator for an hour.
  • Can store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Raspberry Jam Buttercream 


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 16 oz powdered sugar


  • Beat butter and jam together until creamy.
  • Gradually add in powdered sugar until combined. (Optional: can add in 1 Tbs of milk if you find the frosting too thick)
  • Frost brownies and garnish with a raspberry or blackberry.

Aren’t these little brownies cute?!




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