11 Feb 2012

raw fudge brownies: YEAH BABY!


Thank you, Mother Nature.

These sexy things are delicious and packed with nutrients to keep you living long; enjoying life and all it has to offer... like brownies.Raw desserts are pretty much the easiest food in the world to make, because usually they consist of just dates, nuts, coconut oil, and whatever else you want to add. These are no different.

Normal brownie ingredients? White flour, white sugar, butter, and cocoa. What're those gonna do for you?! Make you sleepy and gain weight. In these brownies: there's prunes, dates, hemp, chia, flax, cocoa, mesquite, cinnamon, vanilla and oats. Yummy in my tummy, good FOR my body. 

Yours too.


You can make these in like 5 minutes, and they'll disappear even faster. The best part (aside from eating them) is telling people they're healthy and made from whole foods! It's a magical world, my friends. These are also great for pre- or post-workout snacks!

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Raw Fudge Brownies: makes about 8 large brownies

1 1/2 cup oats
1 cup dates & prunes
1 t vanilla extract 
3 Tb coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup honey/agave/maple syrup
2 Tb mesquite powder (optional)
1/4 cup cup hemp seed
2 Tb flax seed
2 Tb chia seed
1/3 cup cashews (preferably soaked)
1/3 cup cocoa/cacao
1/2 t cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Put dates and prunes in bowl of water. Set aside.
Blend 1 cup of the oats in blender until it becomes oat flour. Then in a food processor, process dates and prunes (with about 1/4 cup of the water) with all the other wet ingredients until smooth. Now add all the dry ingredients, including the remaining 1/2 cup of whole oats and oat flour. Good consistency? It should be thick, but very moist. Press it into a pan lined with tin foil or plastic wrap and set in the fridge for a little bit so the coconut oil can stiffen them up.
Then cut 'em up and serve! Make a chocolate sauce for them, or have with fruit and nut butter!

*You can make these even simpler by just blending dates, cashews coconut oil and cacao. But I always like to add a bunch of stuff for more flavours. I cannot help it. It's up to you!



53 comments:

  1. I'm making these!

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  2. Wow - incredible recipe, and your photos are stunning! I make a mean brownie, and sometimes I whip them up simply so I can eat the batter, so your title caught my eye, haha. But, I'm thrilled to see the ingredient list!!! I'll try these for sure. Great post! *BUZZ!*

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    1. Thank you, Margaret! I LOVE baking so I know exactly what you mean =) My savior is raw desserts because they're 100% guilt-free! Glad you liked!

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  3. The ingredients list does not include the amount of water needed . . . that seems important!

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    1. Haha this is true. As long it covers the dates and prunes in the bowl that's fine, you just want them to soften a little and soak up some moisture. Then when you use them in the recipe, keep about 1/4 cup of that water (it has more flavour now than regular water) and add it with the wet ingredients. Hope that helped =)

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  4. Wow, this recipe is making me hungry ! I'll be making these for my lovely valentine and I :) I ran in to your blog and I love it ! Love the idea of Raw brownies !!

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    1. Thank you! I hope your Valentine likes them =) If you have leftovers, you can eat these for breakfast too!

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  5. Yesterday I've lied when i've said the next one will be the "Raw Nanaimo Bar". I've try this brownie today and it's WOW :D
    I'm completely in love! I've photo if you want to see your overseas brownies :p

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    1. Haha Céline, I think that's okay. I'm so glad you like it! I enjoyed mine with almond butter on top it made them even better.
      I'd love to see a photo! You can post it on the Facebook page, right?

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    2. Yes! I've done it ;)

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  6. yessss a new raw brownie recipe for me to try, thank you :D

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    1. You're very welcome, Rachel =) Hope you like it!

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  7. A-mazing. I love your whole blog! Veganism is just around the corner for me, made easy by my 3-year-vegetarian-hood. But it's delicious recipes posted by swell sites like yours that inspire me to keep on evolvin'! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Betty Jane. Congrats to you! If you ever have questions about being vegan or whatever, email me.

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  8. Laura JamesMarch 24, 2012

    All your recipes turn out amazing in my kitchen too!! It's fantastic; absolutely love vegan 'baking'. Love from Australia.

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  9. AnonymousJune 04, 2012

    Love your site, it's so pretty!

    And your recipes have inspired me to start experimenting with raw goodies again.

    I haven't noticed you using coconut flour - do you know about it? I'm pretty sure you can get raw coconut flour, and it's incredibly high in fibre and has a good amount of protein. I've been using this along with various seeds and activated nuts as the dry component of my brownie-type creations.

    One of my favourite recent combinations has used dried figs and turkish dried apricots (really dark and caramelly) and some prunes with lots of lemon zest and OMG it is sooo good (other ingredients were ground flax, chia, coconut flour, coconut butter, activated almonds & walnuts, and brazil nuts). The lemon flavour is amazing (and lemon zest is really good for you too).

    x Polly

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    1. thanks a lot, polly ;) that's so great for me to hear!

      i have heard of coconut flour, and i've been tempted to buy it many times... but it simply hasn't happened yet. now that you're recommending it though, i think i will!

      damn that sounds amazing. like a raw fruit caramel almost? mmmmmmmmm!
      yes - lemon is da bomb.

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  10. I just finished the last of a "healthy Hemp Brownie" from a bakery and was searching and found your raw recipe. yay! this looks delish and I can't wait to make it, yum.

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    1. ooh yay i hope you like it then :) sounds like an awesome bakery!

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  11. Just home from a long trip, made these today--I recently fell in love with oats, not having been able to find them gluten free before that, and these are excellent. They're just what I like: they taste kinda 'healthy' because of the chia/flax, but they're also gooey and delicious. Will mention on my blog soon!
    cheers,
    Ela

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    1. hi, ela! thank you. i'm glad to hear that. i agree - they're good for you, yet they're satisfying so you don't crave unhealthy stuff! thanks for the shout out ;) i like your blog. just checked it out. cool topics.

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  12. All your stuff looks delicious and amazing! Lately I have been really wanting to take my diet to another level again after reading your blog and other similar recipes. I have been strictly vegan for almost the last year and a half and I LOVE it. It has come so naturally to me and I think it's truly beautiful. I enjoy life more and I feel so much better. I became vegan very quickly and I know I'm in it for life. However, there's so much vegan junk out there! And lately, things that I loved, like hummus in a tub from a store, freaks me out. It's the same with canned tomatoes, or anything that has a shelf life or is processed. I started buying beans in bulk and soaking and cooking them myself because things with a shelf life are just starting to scare me. I worry that my friends and family are going to tell me I'm becoming too extreme (and I have vegan family members!) and that I shouldn't take myself so seriously. However, after reading your zucchini pasta recipes, I never want to buy real pasta again! It's just making me feel odd, and the feeling won't go away. I don't know if I could handle going completely raw or even trying to strike a balance with it. I love hummus and marinara sauce a LOT. But since I've got this intense crazy urge inside me, I'm really really wanting to just try a completely whole foods diet, with just nothing processed. However, when I think of the time devoted to it (I've heard making your own crushed tomatoes to put in a homemade tomato sauce can be complicated) and the will power it may take, I start to feel really intimidated. I feel scared for the times I won't be able to eat salt and vinegar chips (my FAVORITE), and other dumb stuff like that. But I just can't stop thinking that if I eliminate processed foods that I will be so much happier, just like I was when I first went vegan. But every time I seriously contemplate it, I lose faith in myself and think I can't do it. I get this slightly panicky feeling. My friends and family already think I'm "super intense" just because I'm vegan. In truth, veganism itself takes no willpower for me, and I find it so easy and delicious. But to cut out the vegan junk and processed food? I want to so badly, but it intimidates me. I'm so sorry for this crazy long message, but I was just looking for some advice. What would be the best way to approach this? Should I even be scared? I'm just so inspired by whole food/raw food blogs and it makes me want to throw away my wheat bread. Help! Thank you so much (again)!

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    1. hey samantha, how about you email me at emvoneuw@hotmail.ca and i can give you some advice there :)

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  13. I have a vitamix but no food processor. Can they be used interchangeably? And more importantly...can I make these brownies in a food processor!?

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    1. Yes they can! =) And yes you can!! haha

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  14. Amazing Emily! Thanks for sharing ;-)

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  15. Just to clarify, is it one cup of prunes and one cup of dates?
    And I made this earlier today, it tastes alright apart from the fact that the hemp seeds were so hard!

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    1. 1 cup altogether, I must have used a mix of dates and prunes.. if you need more of anything, just add it = )

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  16. O my god, can't stop eating them, so so good! Thank you!!

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    1. LOL I understand - try it with banana slices! Heavennnn <3

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  17. Danielle CJune 28, 2013

    These look soooo good!
    Quick question, would you recommend raw chocolate sauce with this and is there an alternative sauce?
    Thanks!

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    1. Oh yes. Chocolate sauce would be fabulous. You could also serve it with berries, jam, nut butter, etc.

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  18. I can't believe that these are healthy for you... Thanks so much and I love to add extras aswell. Definitely helps and doesn't affect the taste so they are still amazeballs! Delicious!

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  19. Do you have any alternatives to the cashews for the recipe. We have pretty severe tree nut allergies in my house. They sound delicious and would love to try a variation of them!

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    1. Sure! What nuts/seeds can be eaten safely?

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    2. Seeds are fine but we avoid almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts. I haven't tried the kids on cashews (nervous for a reaction).
      Thanks for any alternatives you can suggest!

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    3. Okay well hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds will work and - most likely - taste just as yummy :)

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  20. Man, they look really good but the ingredients were 40 dollars and I just couldnt do it, being raw vegan is pretty damn pricey and requires a shit load of money yeah? Surely eggs from the back yard are more sustainable than dates and cashews shipped by oil from Greece?

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    1. Excellent point. This is something that weighs on my mind pretty frequently. In the end, we're all on our own paths but it's important to remember that the choices we make effect everyone. I'm still figuring out what choices of mine are best for everyone involved.

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  21. You are fantastic and i really appreciate what youre doing. I eat eggs sOmetimes but they are starting to weird me out. After writing that comment i wrote down a bunch of you recipes but only had dates and bananas and some almond milk. I ended up processing the dates with oats, flax and a couple teaspoons of prune juice for crust, then blended some almond milk & melted chocolate. Coconut oil, an avocado and two bananas. It was pretty overwhelmingly sweet but it definitely satisfied the craving, and probably didnt clog my arteries or throw off my hearts rhythm (except in a good way) and i munched on dates all the while making the improv choco mousse pie. Thanks for the inspiration. What a battle to find the right path of food options. Raw vegan seems to be the most flawless, if i lived in greece or hawaii or so cal on a farm, right now its just too expensive for my family, but we all have gluten intolerance & feel tired immediately after cooked meals. I know our lifestyle isnt sustainable and we have to figure out a way to get healthy quickly. Thank you emily, keep rockin

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  22. I absolutely love this recipe... I ate A LOT of the batter while making this! You are an absolute livesaver, I'm having epic chocolate cravings and making these in preparation for my moon week, along with a few other of your raw vegan choc recipes :)

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    1. Right!? Raw chocolate is the ultimate therapy for period depression. Woo!

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  23. Emily, I have hemp protein on hand. Can I substitute this for the hemp seed? If so, would you recommend the same measurement?

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  24. Hallie TobiasDecember 05, 2013

    Hey Em! My sister and I are planning on making these tomorrow - so excited! You mention you got 8 large brownies out of the recipe - what size of pan did you use? Just want to make sure I make plenty of brownies!
    Thanks,
    hallie

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  25. I am dying to make these but i don't have hemp or flax on hand right now, do you have any other suggestions of what i could use in place of those?
    Thanks for the info and thank you SO much for all of these recipes! I hadn't even thought of making so much raw food until i stumbled on your blog...now, my hubby and kids are VERY happy i did;o)

    Beth

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  26. @Beth - any other nut or seed will work :)

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  27. Thank you! Can't wait to make them!

    Beth

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  28. do you bake them, like in the oven? or just put them in the fridge?

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  29. @Marianne - just put 'em in the fridge ;)

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  30. AnonymousJune 29, 2015

    how long would you soak the cashews and dates for ??

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