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Yum Alert: Raw Vegan Brownies

Written by Casey

Recipe for Raw Vegan Brownies

Currently, I am having serious after-lunch craving for these raw vegan brownies. Why is it that whenever I eat something healthy, I feel the need to cancel it out or balance it out with chocolate or in this case, a brownie?

Ingredients for brownie base:

  • 4 cups walnuts*
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup Medjool dates
  • 2/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican (ceylon) cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons finely ground star anise
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • pinch of sea salt (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons water

Ingredients for frosting:

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed to liquid
  • 2/3 cup cacao powder

Directions for brownie base:

  • Place walnuts into a food processor and grind into the consistency of a meal. Don t over process or it will release too much oil.
  • Add the raisins and dates and process until the mixture is well combined.
  • Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, star anise, cayenne and sea salt and process again until mixture is sticky yet still crumbly. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the water and mix well using your hands. It should start to resemble a dough.
  • Press mixture into an 8 x 8 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap.

Directions for frosting:

  • Add maple syrup to the blender first followed by the coconut oil and cocoa powder. Blend well until smooth.
  • Spread topping over brownies and chill at least 1-2 hours.
  • Remove brownie by lifting up the parchment paper and slice into desired size pieces.

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About the author

Casey

BLEU. She's an oasis child busy being born in New York. She lives in the East Village and spends time writing, reading, making movies, shopping at Chrome Hearts and Opening Ceremony. You might find her indulging at Momofuku, or, she is spinning off those calories at Equinox while simultaneously doing homework.

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