Use up things from your pantry to create these delicious, chocolatey, guilt-free treats. Also no cooking required! The base of these are made with dates, and they are packed with lots of dark chocolate and cocoa powder.

Raw Vegan Brownies

Christine Tizzard
Describing a brownie as being raw and vegan may seem tasteless on my part but you’re going to have to trust me. These brownies are super decadent and unbelievably delicious. The natural sweetness of Mejool dates replaces sugar, there are no eggs or butter involved, and this recipe is also gluten-free.
You will just have to try them for yourself.
Prep Time 25 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 36 small brownies

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup pre-soaked walnuts
  • 2 cups pitted Mejool dates,
  • 1/2 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted nut or seed butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 50 g dark chocolate, melted in double boiler
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut optional
  • Pinch sea salt

Vegan Chocolate Ganache Icing

  • 225 g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegan cream or plant based milk
  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Soak walnuts in enough water to cover them overnight to soften. This process of soaking nuts and seeds is called‘sprouting’. Rinse, drain and set aside to dry off any residual moisture in strainer.
  • Line a square pan with 2 strips of parchment paper, criss crossed so it covers all 4 sides of pan.
  • Using a food processor, pulse and finely grind nuts.
  • Add dates and pulse a few times until dates are broken up.
  • Add in remaining ingredients and process to form paste. This will eventually form into a ball in the processor.
  • Transfer to lined pan. Press to create uniform layer with back of spoon. Cover, store in fridge until frosting is made.
  • For the Frosting, heat milk in small saucepot over medium until steaming.
  • Place chopped chocolate in a medium sized bowl. Pour over hot milk and sprinkle in sea salt and let sit for 3 minutes. The heat from the milk will be enough to melt the chocolate.
  • Whisk until smooth. Frost brownies and place back in fridge for ganache to set, about 2-3 hours. Cut into small squares and serve.
    Brownies are best stored in the fridge and freeze well.
Keyword brownies, chocolate, raw, vegan

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