18 Jan 2015

THE PERFECT RAW VEGAN BROWNIE (FOR TWO)


When life gives you cashews, dates and cacao powder... make this recipe. It is SO simple and takes only a few minutes to whip up. Then magically the final product is a glorious, moist, chocolately treasure you can share with your lover and/or yourself. It doesn't get better than this. This recipe was mainly copied from the basic brownie recipe in Lisa Viger's new cookbook: Easy, Affordable Raw. You might know Lisa from Raw on $10 a Day, a fabulous website that provides endless ideas for inexpensive, quick raw vegan recipes. Hers was one of my favourite inspirational blogs when I first went vegan and got into raw food. I love the cookbook too. It's basically her website on paper. If you are just starting to get interested in raw food, healthier vegan food, cleansing, sprouting, fermenting, or simply exciting new recipes - I suggest you check the book out. There's tons of useful info inside, plus loads of colourful photos. It's a very practical tool to have in your kitchen. 



Now, about this brownie. Ah. It's perfect. I remember when I jumped into the raw food scene I wasn't sure what desserts were gonna be like. Then I made a carob cake and my world flipped on its head. Raw desserts are YUMMIER then baked! And they are all nutritional powerhouses! It's too good to be true! This is why it's kinda become my mission to never stop sharing the miracle of raw vegan dessert. Hence, this blog and stuff. When I meet new people - no matter the situation - we usually end up talking about veganism. I tell them about banana ice cream and no one ever knows what it is so I explain, get all excited, give them a quick recipe for it and tell them to try it out, they won't be disappointed. I am not really sure how many of these folks actually DO try it when they get home, but at least the information was shared. The point is: I tend to assume everyone already knows everything I currently know... that's just stupid of me though. Banana ice cream is like 35% of my world, but I need to remember that most people have never even heard of it. So that is why I keep bloggin'. Until everyone knows that raw vegan brownies exist, my job is not done. Let's eat! 


THE PERFECT RAW VEGAN BROWNIE (FOR TWO)

Adapted from "Basic Brownie with Chocolate Frosting" in Easy, Affordable Raw by Lisa Viger

Brownie:
1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup cashews 
1/4 cup cacao powder
Pinch of salt

Frosting
2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons cacao powder 

To make the brownie: in a food processor, process the cashews until they are ground finely, then add the rest of the ingredients and process until it all begins to stick together. Press the brownie mix firmly into a cookie or tartlet mold. Refrigerate until it will hold its shape, then carefully take the brownie out of the mold and set aside. 

To make the frosting: mix together the frosting ingredients until smooth and creamy. Spread on top of the brownie and enjoy! I like to chop it up and add it to my banana ice cream

ADAPTIONS: You can use any other nut instead of cashews. You can use carob or cocao instead of cacao. Salt is optional. You can use avocado, cacao butter or coconut butter instead of coconut oil. You can use date paste instead of maple syrup. 

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27 comments:

  1. Wow that does look perfect! So rich and fudgy, mmm :)

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  2. can you tell me the amount in grams?

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  3. This looks so beautiful and super yummy!! I want to try it!

    Lots of hugs, A
    myvolatilelove.blogspot.com

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  4. Haha! That's funny what you said about assuming everyone knows what you know because I do the same. I'm shocked sometimes when someone doesn't know something basic (in my mind) but then realize not everyone knows what I know... heh heh

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  5. Absolutely perfect as always, especially since National Blonde Brownie Day is coming up this week on Thursday!!!! It isn't quite the same, but I'm loving it just as great!!:)

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  6. I just bought dates and cashews! Perfect recipe for me to run across! Thanks!

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  7. This looks amazinggggg!!!! And, so so simple!

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  8. It's so delicious. I am going to make it as soon as possible

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  9. This looks amazing, Emily. Easy enough to make on a weekday evening. I love to find an amazing looking recipe and realize that I have all ingredients in my pantry. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the resource that inspired you.

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  10. This looks fabulous and I adore the simple and beautiful list of ingredients. Thanks!

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  11. OMG, yes. My husband and I recently made the switch to vegan and my main problem has been finding desserts that taste good. My pregnancy cravings are quite demanding. All the vegan baking recipes I've tried have been pretty gross. But this looks delicious and I can't wait to give it a try!

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  12. This would be great for Valentine's Day! Actually, I can't wait that long.

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  13. I'm testing this for valentines day with my partner. I'm gonna use a heart shaped cookie cutter, do you think this would work?
    Thanks,
    Luna

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  14. YUM this looks so good.
    Sadly this is definitely not a cheap recipe in Australia! Dates and cashews (and agave, avocados and other vegan delicious things) are really expensive! Like 3-5x what she estimates in her blog.
    But hey, it's summer here which means mangoes and cherries are in season! YUM - so it all works out :)
    I'm still going to make the brownie - but it will be a special treat!

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  15. Brownies were the first raw treat I ever created! To this day i still love them! Great simple recipe!

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  16. Hey girl - first of all, this entire post is making my mouth water an insane amount. Well done. Second, I actually have a quick but serious cookbook question for you. Would you mind terribly just shooting me an email or something? allie.sheetz@gmail.com
    Thank you!! xx

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  17. I bet we could make a mint variation when we hang out hint hint. =)

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  18. What THE?!

    These are delicious, I literally just finished one... and am starting another. I doubled the recipe and shaped them into little square brownies by hand and generously iced each. Whoa.

    My non vegan friend is also astonished! I paired these with a glass of Ceylon cinnamon spiced walnut mylk. Outta this world!

    Thank you!!! You are so fantastic!!

    (Also- if anyone cares- I used a blender instead of food processor since this is all I have- just soak the dates in a lil warm water and drain after about 10 mins. Be sure to pulse nuts first, then add in cacao, then dates :]!)

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  19. Another amazing dessert.
    You spoil us.
    Thanks sooo muchfor sharing.

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  20. These are incredible. I doubled the batch and sprinkled a little sea salt on top of the frosting. You could roll them in to balls also to serve more.

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  21. Made this tonight, halved the recipe since I am alone tonight (hubby at work). Sooooo rich and yummy!!!! My icing did not turn out as smooth as yours did, but it still tasted rawlicious!

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  22. I didn't have all the ingredients. So I improvised. I didn't have dates or cahsews. So I used walnuts and raspberries. I processed the walnuts and cocoa into a paste. I halved it and packed first half into ramkin. Then I processed a handful of raspberries quickly until it looked somewhat like preserve (not liquidy). I layered that next into the ramkin. Then I layered remaining half of walnut cocoa mixture on top of rasperrbies and put into fridge. For the frosting I mixed warmed homemade almond butter with cocoa, more raspberries and tiny bit of maple syrup in blender until it had a very frosty smooth texture. I drizzled it on top of brownie. OMG it was so decadent. It tasted like a rasberry soufflé. The raw walnuts added such a great flavor and raspberries go so well with chocolate. It's not the same as your recipe but yours inspired me to just look in my kitchen and substitute what I could and it turned out better than I ever would have imagined. You should try it one day. It looked like a nice layer brownie cake when I cut it. Thank you for your wonderful recipe! You're the best.

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  24. Yum! That looks divine! This is proof that you can still make tasty treats with vegan ingredients!

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  25. would you say you used a 5" round springform pan for this one? so pretty!! i want to make mine pretty, too!!

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