Raw Vegan Brownies with Amazing Frosting

Brownies. Who doesn’t love them? The ooey-gooey chocolateyness (that’s a word, right? Of course it is). Anyway, brownies. They’re the best. I know I say that a lot, but its true about a lot of different things! HAHA

These brownies really are the best, though. This recipe has been modified from the Minimalist Baker.

This Recipe is: Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

Yields: 12

What You Need:

Brownies:

1 cup + 1/2 cup raw walnuts, divided + more for topping

1 cup raw almonds

2 1/2 cups dates, pitted (if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain)

3/4 cup cacao powder

2 Tbsp cacao nibs + more for topping

Frosting:

5 tbsp coconut oil

4 tbsp cacao powder

1/2 tbsp Agave syrup (or more if its not sweet enough)

 

Directions:

Brownies:

  1. Put 1 cup walnuts and almonds in food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. Add the cacao powder and pulse to combine. Transfer to bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the dates to the food processor and process until small bits remain. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add nut and cocoa mixture back into food processor and while processing, drop small handfuls of the date pieces down into the food processor.
  5. Process until a dough consistency is achieved, adding more dates if the mixture does not hold together when squeezed in your hand. You may not use all the dates.
  6. Add the brownie mixture to a small parchment lined 8×8 dish and before pressing, add remaining 1/2 cup roughly roughly chopped walnuts and cacao nibs and toss to combine and evenly distribute. Then press down with hands until it is flat and firm. I like laying down a piece of plastic wrap to prevent sticking and get it really flat.
  7. Lift parchment paper to remove brownies from dish and use hands to slightly squeeze in the sides to create a smaller square – this will make the brownies slightly thicker and more dense.
  8. Transfer back to dish and place in freezer or fridge to chill for 10-15 minutes before cutting into 12 even squares (If adding frosting, slice afterwards!).

Frosting:

  1. Either mix by hand or in a food processor all ingredients together, until completely smooth, and no chunks of coconut oil are left.
  2. Spread onto firm brownies!

 

Add the toppings of extra walnuts and cacao nibs, and enjoy!

 

To see the original recipe from Minimalist Baker, click here

Photo: NordWood Themes

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