6 Sep 2013

RAW VEGAN HERB-INFUSED SPECIAL BROWNIES


Look at my GIFs!!! 

I'm gonna start off by saying you can use whatever herb you like to infuse these brownies with... I certainly have my favourite. You can make them special or "special" - if you catch my drift - it's really up to you, as always. I am sure that mint, basil or rosemary would all taste great. Hehehe. 


I've made many raw brownie recipes before but this one turned out uniquely delicious, most likely due to the undertones of infused coconut oil. That's right, kids. Today we will be infusing coconut oil with herbs! *WOAH SIDE NOTE I JUST HEARD MAJOR THUNDER OUTSIDE THE WINDOW*


Okay I'm back. Just to note: you strict raw foodies will be mad at me for calling these 100% raw because infusing the coconut oil requires mixing it with boiling water and letting it simmer for a few hours. But can we please all chill and understand that coconut oil and boiling water meeting is not the end of the world? Still mega healthy. The plan for this batch of raw brownies involves friends and anime movies. Oh and a record player. It's gonna be a good night. Let's get unbaked!


raw vegan special brownies

brownies:
3/4 cup rolled oats (or hemp seeds)
3/4 cup walnuts
1 cup dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 heaping tablespoons Jump Up and Go Go (or cacao powder) 
Pinch of salt (optional) 
3-4 tablespoons coconut oil infused with herbs of your choosing (recipe below) 

glaze:
1 tablespoon each of almond butter, maple syrup and cacao powder

To make the herb-infused coconut oil: bring a small pot of water to boil; add in 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil, along with however much of your dried herbs you like. Lower the temperature to simmer and let the herbs and coconut oil get to know each other for 2-6 hours, but check frequently to add water as needed (because it will evaporate). Once you want to take it off the heat, let the water evaporate completely, then let the mixture cool. Strain, disgardng the herbs and keeping the liquid coconut oil (which will now be greenish). Now it's ready to use! Let's get funky! 

To make the brownies: pulse the oats and walnuts in your food processor until they become a powder. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until it all sticks together and tastes OUTTA DIS WORLD. Press into a lined baking dish and put in the fridge to set for a few hours. Spread on your glaze and munch munch munch. 

83 comments:

  1. Special brownies, ehh?? yumm! :D

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  2. haha omg yes! i love this! this is incred thank u def gonna be making

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  3. this looks amazing! can't wait to try. What sort of herbs did you use?

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  4. lmfao i adore you. this is such a good post in all kinds of ways.

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  5. yum yum yum!!! What did you do to make the chocolate sauce on top? I feel I need that on these brownies....chocolate sauce makes everything better (in my opinion!)

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    1. Hehe :) Doh! Totally forgot to add that!

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  6. Oh yum. Might have to use mint, as mint and chocolate together are delish, but yes can we get the recipe for the chocolate glaze please ?

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    1. Yes sorry! I forgot. I'll add it now.

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  7. OMG THIS RECIPE makes me happyyy!! I must try it, herb infused oil is such a unique idea! Btw what herbs did you use?

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  8. Awesome recipe! I would never have thought of infusing into coconut oil! YUM! I will definitely be trying it out, and imagine my boyfriend will die of happiness.

    I'm also killing myself laughing that multiple people are actually asking what "herbs" you used. Maybe you all should try googling "special brownies"... "Let's get unbaked!" LOL

    Though, as you mentioned, using just mint would also be fantastic!

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    1. LOL glad we are on the same page XD

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  9. You Rule!! I have been dying to find a special raw edible recipe after discovering how well coconut oil fuses with my herbs (yay 100% fat! Made some friends a 'special' wedding cake with it). The universe totally sent you to answer my prayers ♥

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  10. hummmm how are your recipes just so freaking amazing? seriously. they always work perfectly - every time. thank you!

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  11. how much of the "herbs" did you use? I really want to try this recipe!! Looks amaze <3

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    1. Just a few nubs :) You don't need much if you buy good quality green!

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  12. And can they be fresh herbs instead of dried? Thanks.

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    1. Yep that's cool! Dried are just more potent.

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  13. hahahahaha this is so classic

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  14. How many brownies does this make, and how much herb should I put in to serve that amount of people? :)

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    1. It made 3 big ones, which will be a VERY good amount for 3 people... you could even divide it into 4 or 5. :D

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  15. Hahahaha! You rule! Love sent from Amsterdam ;)

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  16. Wow....wow! Can't wait to make these! Thank you! x

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  17. genius idea to infuse the coco oil with the herbs. Haha, I think I can guess what "herb" you used!!

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  18. Emily, I think you should move in with me and make me brownies every day. In return you can have my cat. Deal?

    But seriously, THESE BROWNIES. *swoon*

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    1. HEHEHEHE DEAL! <3 Plane ticket bought.

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  19. Wow, another gorgeous recipe! Can't wait to try it!

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  20. Saw these today and I have just made them!! I mixed and matched ingredients depending on what I had. I used raw unfiltered honey and peanut butter for the topping and it is the best chocolate sauce I think I have ever tasted!!

    Thanks you :)
    xxx

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  21. Naughty! <3

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  22. This post is hilarious, as I just made a batch of "special" vegan brownies myself. The recipe was very similar, but I didn't have the glaze on top. Coconut oil is by far the best oil for taking on the 'ol herb. I hope you had fun baking ;), I sure did.

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  23. Let's get "unbaked". Oh aren't you a clever one. Funny post!

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  24. Do you have to mix oil, water, and herb together to infuse? Could you just use a double boiler and heat only oil and herb together?

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    1. You could do that and it would be ok, but the water helps regulate temperature :)

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  25. I LOVE this post!!!!! Thank you!!!! Where'd you get the Jump Up and Go Go???? =) xo

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    1. Hehehe After Vanessa gave me that demo bag, I used it in a recipe and Deb was so happy and is such an amazing person - she mailed me a box full more for my b day!! <3

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  26. Love this post: the recipe, the gifs, the herb-infused coconut oil, the humour- definitely a treat for grownups ;)

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  27. HeHeHee! I've got some homegrown herbs and this would be LOVELY to make. Other herbs would be fantastic too. Just might have to make several batches. Oh, darn! Thanks for sharing Emily and the nudge, nudge, wink, wink. <3

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  28. Just when I thought I couldn't love this blog any more..... Totally making this!

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  29. You are awesome!!!

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  30. very special brownies indeed *wink wink*=)

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  31. Do you use dried or fresh dates in your recipes?

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    1. Technically they are dried, but they should still be kinda gooey and moist.

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  32. I have never ever seen such a fabulous blog.You can't even imagine how much I am impressed from this one.Thanks!


    Corona Dentist

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  33. lets get unbaked and lets get melloooooooooooow!!!

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  34. Now emily have you eaten too many of these brownies???? i need some more rawtastic-ness when is the next post????

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    1. LOOOOOLLL <3 Expect something tomorrow :D x

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    2. OH THANK GOD I WAS GETTING DESPERATE!!!!!!!!!!!! i HAVE BEEN EATING NOTHING BUT THE BROWNIES SINCE YOU POSTED THEM IT IS MAKING ME A LITTLE GOOFY!!!!!!!!

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    3. Same for me! I need amazing rawsomeness at least 5 times a week! Sorry, I am demanding, I know...

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    4. Bahahahaha I love you guys!! Making more brownies today for myself aaaaand - who's hungry for raw vegan pho? ;D

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  35. Mmmm, just got done making these.. YUM! Having to stop licking the spoon was torture. No "special" added this time.. but me thinks this will be remedied during the next batch. ;-)

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  36. I think I seriously love you. That is all.

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  37. I am hungry for chocolate stuffy, it is delicious and has many health benefits.

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  38. Wow I made these the other night to take over to a friends and they were delicious, they all wanted the recipe so I shared it on my blog. That icing was super amazing!! Love all your recipes :)

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  39. Perfection, just what I was looking for;)

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  40. Could you prepare the coconut oil in that way and use it for a baked/non-raw recipe?
    thaaaaanks

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  41. do you cover the pot when you make the oil or leave the lid off? Thanks for sharing your yummy recipes.

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  42. must say i just love your work Emily xo im feeling a bit too full currently tho as i overindulged on your Vanilla, raspberry, peppermint cream cake earlier on.... OMG it was so good. but it didnt set properly? it turned out like moose and collapsed was a bit sad but it tasted divine.
    How could i have stopped this from happening?
    thanks :) Penelope

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    1. Hmm how long did you let it set for? 48 hours is ideal. Another option is to put it in the freezer and then when you want to eat it, let it thaw to the desired consistency. Otherwise: add less liquid, or more dates, nuts or coco oil :)

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  43. hey i was just wondering how many days do the brownies stay good for ?

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  44. Hey just wondering how many days the brownies stay good for :)

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  45. @Amanda - a week or so :D

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  46. how much water do I use to boil with the oil?

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  47. @Anonymous - a 1/2 cup or so?

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  48. AnonymousMay 31, 2014

    Hey cool
    Brownie... I think these once out west...do you happen to be in Colorado?

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  49. @anonymous - nope haha! I am in BC :)

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  50. ...my water doesn't seem to be evaporating from the coconut oil in the pot...how can i tell it apart from the oil anyway? (first time making edibles) sorry if this is a really stoopid question, i'm probably so out of it already that the brownies will just push me over the edge lol

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  51. @mei - LOL no worries, it is kinda hard to tell apart the oil from the water, but just let the oil and water and herbs boil for a few hours until it looks thicker and has turned a bit green, strain it then let it solidify. If there is still water, it will separate and you can pour that out, keeping the hard oil. ;)

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  52. AnonymousJuly 17, 2014

    Hi I was wondering how long could I store these after I make them?

    Thanks

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  53. @Anonymous - a week or so? I usually eat them all long before that though ;)

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  54. have you tried with marijuana? did it work?

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  55. wow can't wait to eat these :) How much of the brownie do you need to eat to get goofy? :)

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  56. AnonymousJune 03, 2015

    I have some extra "herb" infused coconut oil in the fridge... this is perfection

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  57. How many does this recipe make? What size tray?

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  58. Also I was wondering if I could use the oil for other recipes in which I bake for friends, like cakes, cookies, etc.

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  59. Hey Em, Any idea if you can bake brownies by putting the herbs in dried without infusing oil? More HCLF kinda baking x

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Feel free to comment below, I love hearing your thoughts! xo, Em