Raw Vegan Brownies
Brownies that you don’t need to cook and require only a few ingredients? Count me in.
During my 21-Day Raw Vegan Challenge, I found I was missing a tiny bit of sweetness at the end of my meal. I googled tons of recipes and, while they were gorgeous and sounded incredible, most of them seemed like a lot of work or they required a dehydrator, which I didn’t have. Then I stumbled upon the idea of a raw, vegan brownie.
One of the star ingredients in these brownies is raw walnuts. Walnuts are an incredible source of omega-3s and can help to lower cholesterol and improve cell function, according to some studies. Walnuts have also been observed to improve brain function and have even been shown to help reduce symptoms of depression. Nuts are also a great source of protein, something we should be consuming with each meal to fuel our bodies. Pretty amazing for a nut that is often overlooked, right?
Dates are another star ingredient in this dish and you can learn a lot more about why I love dates here. Combine them with walnuts and some raw cacao powder and I promise you, it’s pure bliss.
The frosting for this recipe calls for coconut butter. If you don’t want to buy a whole jar of coconut butter just for this recipe, I totally get it. I was able to find individual packets of coconut butter by Artisana Organics at my local grocery store. To make a single serving of this recipe you will need one packet - and if you are doubling it, get two!
This recipe was inspired by Wild Bella’s 3 Ingredient Brownies but I added a few more ingredients to take it up a notch.. You can certainly skip my fancy-pants frosting, but I would highly recommend making it.
Let’s get into the kitchen. You can have these babies on your plate in 20 minutes!
Raw Vegan Brownies with Mint Frosting
Makes about 6 Brownies
1 c raw walnuts
7 Medjool dates, pitted
¼ c raw cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of Sea Salt
1 TBSP coconut butter
¼ tsp vanilla
1-2 drops peppermint essential oil
Crushed walnuts for topping (optional)
Line a small pan/dish with parchment paper.
Add walnuts, dates, cacao powder, vanilla, and sea salt to a food processor. Process until combined and dough starts to form a ball.
Remove dough from food processor and shape into the pan. (I used a small casserole dish to make thicker brownies but you can use a cookie sheet as well!)
Place in freezer for at least 10 minutes.
While brownies are in the freezer, mix your frosting together. If your coconut butter is hard, you will need to soften it first (you can do this by just rubbing the package in your hands for a bit if you bought the package or you can melt it in a pot on the stove).
Remove brownies from freezer and top with frosting and walnuts for garnish (optional). Cut brownies and then place back into freezer for at least 10 more minutes. This will harden up the frosting and the brownies.
Enjoy! Keep the remaining brownies in the freezer or refrigerator until ready to eat. It’s a perfect summertime dessert for your whole family!