Soak the dates and almonds (separately) in boiling water for 30 minutes, then chop roughly.
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is sticky.
Remove the brownie mix and press into a baking tray.
Sprinkle with flaked almonds.
Put the tray in the freezer for about a couple of hours so the mixture can set, then transfer to the fridge until ready to eat.
*Try soaking the dates in espresso before blending for a more grown-up version, or stir through some cocoa nibs for extra bite.
*Instead of the traditional brownie shape, you can also roll the mixture into small balls to create amazing brownie bites!
*This recipe is suitable for vegan, dairy-free, and egg-free diets, and for those avoiding processed sugars. They are not suitable for anyone with nut allergies.
*You can substitute the almonds for pretty much any other kind of nut.
*The maple syrup can be replaced with honey or agave syrup, or omitted altogether.