Raw Vegan Brownies (recipe)

Raw Brownies

This recipe (well one of its variants) was my first introduction to raw ‘cuisine’. In my rather shallow, self-indulgent mind, if I could enjoy desserts as these, without fuss or guilt, I owed it to myself to learn more! Since then you’ll be happy to know that most of my raw consumption has expanded to include vegetables and proper meals, but raw brownies remain a guilt-free pleasure.

There seem to be a million and one recipes for raw brownies but they share similar building blocks. A succulent dried fruit (usually dates or raisins), ground nuts (usually almonds, walnuts, or cashews), a dash of honey, and a helping of cocoa. Sometimes coconut oil is drizzled in to bind the mixture further, however I find that if you pulverize it in the food processor long enough this step isn’t necessary as the nuts will release their own oils. Chilling (or even better freezing) the brownies is essential to them holding their shape. They will soften considerably if left at room temperature. However, because of the nature of the ingredients, they remain quite moist and chewable even when frozen, so don’t think you’ll be biting into a cube of ice! :)

Having a food processor has made putting together many raw recipes (this one included) a cinch and I now can’t imagine life without one. This recipe was actually the catalyst for me receiving one! You see, I tried to make it initially in our blender, and that was a hot mess. It was not more than a day or two later that J arrived on my doorstep with a huge box, and said ‘now you can try those brownies again’ :lol:


My Food Processor: A Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex 8 Cup 2 Speed

What can I say? The man was committed to having these brownies! :lol:

Some recipes continue the decadence by creating raw chocolate ‘frostings’. Although I opted out of making the icing for this particular recipe (avocadoes are not in season at the mo :( ) I have included the instructions for that component as well :) Enjoy!

This recipe has been submitted to Tasty Tools: Food Processor hosted by Joelen’s Culinary Adventures and Weekend Cookbook Challenge: Love

Raw Vegan Brownies
Source: SparkPeople.com
Servings: 12

INGREDIENTS:

Brownie:
1 cup walnuts
1 cup dates
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Icing:
2 avocados
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
dash salt
dash cinnamon

METHOD:

1. Food process the brownie ingredients until blended and dry chunky

2. Press into a small pan.


3. Put all icing ingredients into vitamix blender, and blend on hi till smooth.
4. Spread icing over brownies and pop in freezer to set for 1 hr. then cut and put in snack sized baggies.

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  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    wow. that looks great. who doesn’t like date-nut-chocolate combos :-) or indeed anything that is a moist brownie. This might be the one to make me try this raw food thing…
    was worried when I saw the dash of honey thing mentioned for a vegan recipe, but I noticed the recipe doesn’t actually use it. Not that I am vegan anyway :-D
    I think I have that same food processor. Except the spout part just broke off the first time I dropped the lid all of 20 cm to the floor. I hope they’ve made it more secure in the 4 years since I bought it!

    Chennette’s last blog post..Caribbean Cuisine on UKTV

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    wow. that looks great. who doesn’t like date-nut-chocolate combos :-) or indeed anything that is a moist brownie. This might be the one to make me try this raw food thing…
    was worried when I saw the dash of honey thing mentioned for a vegan recipe, but I noticed the recipe doesn’t actually use it. Not that I am vegan anyway :-D
    I think I have that same food processor. Except the spout part just broke off the first time I dropped the lid all of 20 cm to the floor. I hope they’ve made it more secure in the 4 years since I bought it!

    Chennette’s last blog post..Caribbean Cuisine on UKTV

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    wow. that looks great. who doesn’t like date-nut-chocolate combos :-) or indeed anything that is a moist brownie. This might be the one to make me try this raw food thing…
    was worried when I saw the dash of honey thing mentioned for a vegan recipe, but I noticed the recipe doesn’t actually use it. Not that I am vegan anyway :-D
    I think I have that same food processor. Except the spout part just broke off the first time I dropped the lid all of 20 cm to the floor. I hope they’ve made it more secure in the 4 years since I bought it!

    Chennette’s last blog post..Caribbean Cuisine on UKTV

  • http://pinkstripes.wordpress.com Wendy

    Wow! Your brownies look delicious. I’ve been thinking about making my own homemade Lara Bars, which pretty much are the same as your brownie base. I may try it soon.

    Wendy’s last blog post..The Sweeter {Vegan} Side

  • http://pinkstripes.wordpress.com Wendy

    Wow! Your brownies look delicious. I’ve been thinking about making my own homemade Lara Bars, which pretty much are the same as your brownie base. I may try it soon.

    Wendy’s last blog post..The Sweeter {Vegan} Side

  • http://chezannies.blogspot.com Nate

    Wow, avocadoes in the icing! What a neat idea. I don’t know if I could take so much dates, though. Are there any other fruits you could use?

    Nate’s last blog post..Malaysian Honeycomb Cake Recipe

  • http://chezannies.blogspot.com Nate

    Wow, avocadoes in the icing! What a neat idea. I don’t know if I could take so much dates, though. Are there any other fruits you could use?

    Nate’s last blog post..Malaysian Honeycomb Cake Recipe

  • http://iliketocook.blogspot.com Sara

    They look fantastic! I have a raw cookbook, but haven’t used it yet. I would try these for sure. Thanks for sharing this with WCC, and thanks for taking part in the past!

    Sara’s last blog post..Weekend Cookbook Challenge – Love – Bloody Mary

  • http://iliketocook.blogspot.com Sara

    They look fantastic! I have a raw cookbook, but haven’t used it yet. I would try these for sure. Thanks for sharing this with WCC, and thanks for taking part in the past!

    Sara’s last blog post..Weekend Cookbook Challenge – Love – Bloody Mary

  • http://iliketocook.blogspot.com Sara

    They look fantastic! I have a raw cookbook, but haven’t used it yet. I would try these for sure. Thanks for sharing this with WCC, and thanks for taking part in the past!

    Sara’s last blog post..Weekend Cookbook Challenge – Love – Bloody Mary

  • Jaz Borden

    These brownies were magnificent! Great recipe! For all the raw skeptics, if you like brownies you should try this! Maybe you’ll see that this raw thing isn’t quite as bad as you imagine! :-D

  • Jaz Borden

    These brownies were magnificent! Great recipe! For all the raw skeptics, if you like brownies you should try this! Maybe you’ll see that this raw thing isn’t quite as bad as you imagine! :-D

  • Jaz Borden

    These brownies were magnificent! Great recipe! For all the raw skeptics, if you like brownies you should try this! Maybe you’ll see that this raw thing isn’t quite as bad as you imagine! :-D

  • Deanne

    These brownies are dangerous. Seriously I have nearly eaten them all myself – they are delicious. The only comment I would make is that the icing could be halved for the receipe as my icing was thicker than the brownies and we ended scraping more than half off. I made a second batch and didn’t have quite enough dates so this time I topped it up with organic Australian sultanas – yum.
    Thanks for the receipe I have had to give up a lot of the food and things I enjoyed due to my health and this made me smile with sheer delight.
    Warmly
    Deanne

  • Deanne

    These brownies are dangerous. Seriously I have nearly eaten them all myself – they are delicious. The only comment I would make is that the icing could be halved for the receipe as my icing was thicker than the brownies and we ended scraping more than half off. I made a second batch and didn’t have quite enough dates so this time I topped it up with organic Australian sultanas – yum.
    Thanks for the receipe I have had to give up a lot of the food and things I enjoyed due to my health and this made me smile with sheer delight.
    Warmly
    Deanne

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  • http://jamisonstudio.com Jamie

    I found this recipe on TriniGourmet [http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/raw-vegan-brownies-recipe/] and changed it slightly to match the mint theme.

    Great recipe and easy to adapt!!

  • http://jamisonstudio.com Jamie

    I found this recipe on TriniGourmet [http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/raw-vegan-brownies-recipe/] and changed it slightly to match the mint theme.

    Great recipe and easy to adapt!!

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  • http://YourYogi.com Mike

    Wow these look awesome, cannot wait to try them at home.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Memories Of A Used Jeep =-.

  • http://YourYogi.com Mike

    Wow these look awesome, cannot wait to try them at home.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Memories Of A Used Jeep =-.

  • Tina

    I need to get myself a food processor! This will save me some money on electricity and gas. How efficient. I excited! This will be the first thing I'll make once I obtain one. =D

  • Tina

    I need to get myself a food processor! This will save me some money on electricity and gas. How efficient. I excited! This will be the first thing I'll make once I obtain one. =D

  • Tina

    Didn't get a food processor, but I used my blender that had multiple applications. It took a while because it kept on getting jammed, but it came out great! These brownies ARE dangerous! I couldn't resist licking up all the leftover frosting which I halved like Deanne recommended. Thanks!

  • Tina

    Didn't get a food processor, but I used my blender that had multiple applications. It took a while because it kept on getting jammed, but it came out great! These brownies ARE dangerous! I couldn't resist licking up all the leftover frosting which I halved like Deanne recommended. Thanks!

  • Tina

    Didn't get a food processor, but I used my blender that had multiple applications. It took a while because it kept on getting jammed, but it came out great! These brownies ARE dangerous! I couldn't resist licking up all the leftover frosting which I halved like Deanne recommended. Thanks!

  • Marcie

    Recently research in Europe discovered that almost half of us don't digest fructose well (or at all), not only that, if we eat anything with sugars, if there is more than 50% fructose we don't digest anything in our digestive tract including any meals eaten that day. Instead it goes to the large intestine (colon) and ferments. So it comes out looking digested, but all that happened is it feeds the wrong intestinal flora and very effectively at that.

  • Marcie

    Recently research in Europe discovered that almost half of us don't digest fructose well (or at all), not only that, if we eat anything with sugars, if there is more than 50% fructose we don't digest anything in our digestive tract including any meals eaten that day. Instead it goes to the large intestine (colon) and ferments. So it comes out looking digested, but all that happened is it feeds the wrong intestinal flora and very effectively at that.

  • Marcie

    Recently research in Europe discovered that almost half of us don't digest fructose well (or at all), not only that, if we eat anything with sugars, if there is more than 50% fructose we don't digest anything in our digestive tract including any meals eaten that day. Instead it goes to the large intestine (colon) and ferments. So it comes out looking digested, but all that happened is it feeds the wrong intestinal flora and very effectively at that.

  • marcie

    The wrong flora includes Candida among other nasties like sulfur bacteria that produce when they multiply approximately 60 toxins – many of them neurotoxic. The toxins also set off allergic reactions throughout the body – so headache and joint aches and this can all overwhelm the immune and detox systems (liver). If you feel gassy or allergic or itchy (especially around the anus) or achy after eating certain things that should be OK check to see if it has more than 50% fructose. The worst villain is agave syrup (the reason it is low glycemic is it ferments instead of digesting regularly for many of us) , the next sweet villains are pears and apples, and honey and rice syrup are both higher in fructose than other sugars – Ironically, table sugar is actually ok for most and that includes white, tubiolo, brown, and molasses (which also provides some trace minerals and potassium to lower blood pressure, it has iron though too so not too much for anybody but younger women!). Table sugar is sucrose which is 50%glucose 50% fructose.

  • marcie

    The wrong flora includes Candida among other nasties like sulfur bacteria that produce when they multiply approximately 60 toxins – many of them neurotoxic. The toxins also set off allergic reactions throughout the body – so headache and joint aches and this can all overwhelm the immune and detox systems (liver). If you feel gassy or allergic or itchy (especially around the anus) or achy after eating certain things that should be OK check to see if it has more than 50% fructose. The worst villain is agave syrup (the reason it is low glycemic is it ferments instead of digesting regularly for many of us) , the next sweet villains are pears and apples, and honey and rice syrup are both higher in fructose than other sugars – Ironically, table sugar is actually ok for most and that includes white, tubiolo, brown, and molasses (which also provides some trace minerals and potassium to lower blood pressure, it has iron though too so not too much for anybody but younger women!). Table sugar is sucrose which is 50%glucose 50% fructose.

  • Marcie

    Maple syrup is fine and for a sugar substitute try xylitol (if dogs won't be sharing). xylitol is naturally found in our bodies and is non-toxic. It is a biological anomally extracted from originally birch trees, but now corn as well, that has 5 not 6 carbons in the central carbohydrate ring. We don't digest it completely – so we get just 30% of its carbohydrates, and it behaves very much like sugar. Oddly, it melts so fast in your mouth it creates an endothermic reaction (cooling) so it goes well with mint brownies – or cut it half with another sweetener or add cinnamon or ginger! Its best side benefit is it kills bad microbes like cavity causing ones in the mouth and other bad guys in the small and large intestines. Go slow at first with xylitol, it can cause a die-off reaction (a good, but uncomfortable thing).

  • Marcie

    Maple syrup is fine and for a sugar substitute try xylitol (if dogs won't be sharing). xylitol is naturally found in our bodies and is non-toxic. It is a biological anomally extracted from originally birch trees, but now corn as well, that has 5 not 6 carbons in the central carbohydrate ring. We don't digest it completely – so we get just 30% of its carbohydrates, and it behaves very much like sugar. Oddly, it melts so fast in your mouth it creates an endothermic reaction (cooling) so it goes well with mint brownies – or cut it half with another sweetener or add cinnamon or ginger! Its best side benefit is it kills bad microbes like cavity causing ones in the mouth and other bad guys in the small and large intestines. Go slow at first with xylitol, it can cause a die-off reaction (a good, but uncomfortable thing).

  • http://twitter.com/RawFoodRepair James Reno

    What a great raw vegan dessert! It reminds me of the raw food menu at Cousin's near my house. They have some excellent raw desserts and yours it right up there!

    Thanks for Sharing!

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