30 Jun 2016


I NEED to tell you about an album. It's called Hopelessness and it's from Anohni. I could say a bunch about how much I love her but I'll just tell you to listen to the album and check out the meanings behind the songs, because she put a lot of thought into this project in a really beautiful, critical way. The first two tracks are absolutely amazing. Moving on to brownies.

These are SO FREAKING DELICIOUS. It is really challenging not to eat them all in one sitting, and normally I would, except that in this case that would have a veeery intense effect. If you don't wanna add special herbs, no worries. This isn't the first special brownie I've shared on this blog, but it IS the best. These brownies are seriously stellar and I will be making them again and again, whether I have herbs or no herbs on hand. But if you DO enjoy a little plant medication, then you are in for an extra lovely treat. They are rich, chocolate-y, not too sweet and oh-so-satisfying. As usual, the ingredients are gluten-free and mainly nuts and dried fruit (sounds like a granola bar) but the result is 100% decadent and dreamy (sounds like my kinda party). This recipe isn't too strong because I have a low tolerance so if you really wanna notice some effects I'd suggest you use more herb in the herb-infused coconut oil recipe. Stay safe and have fun!


[ Makes around 9 ]

Herb-infused coconut oil:
3/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup your fave dried herb, roughly ground

3/4 cup pecans
3/4 cup brazil nuts
3/4 cup dates
1/4 cup raisins
3 heaping tablespoons herb-infused coconut oil 
1/4 cup cacao powder
Pinch Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted herb-infused coconut oil
2 tablespoons cacao powder
Sprinkle of fleur de sel to top

To make the herb-infused coconut oil: prepare a double boiler (place a bowl/pot on top of a boiling pot of water) then turn the heat to low. Melt the coconut oil in the top bowl/pot of the double boiler. Add the herb to the oil. Let it infuse for at least 6 hours, but preferably all day. It should become slightly green and smell pretty strongly. Check on the water in the double boiler regularly and refill when necessary. Also smell the oil occasionally to make sure it doesn't burn (as long as you keep the heat low this shouldn't be an issue since we're just using steam). Let the oil cool and then blend it up with the herb, or strain the herb out. Let solidify in a jar and keep in the fridge!

To make the brownies: throw the nuts into a food processor and grind into a fine powder. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until you get a moist dough that holds its when pressed between two fingers. Press into a lined baking pan.

To make the frosting: stir together the ingredients until smooth. Spread evenly over your brownies and leave in the fridge for a couple hours or overnight. Tip: before you add the frosting, try a brownie and wait to see how it affects you, if it's not strong enough, add the frosting. If they're a decent potency for you without frosting just use normal coconut oil for the frosting recipe.

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Rosenoisettes said...

They just look awesome *O*

valentina | sweet kabocha said...

I've never thought about infused coconut oil, it's such a simple but effective way to add some flavor :D

Anonymous said...

Hi, I really like your recipe! I am allergic to pecans and brasil nuts, do you think I could replace them with almonds?

Blue Earth Grrl said...

I took loooong to figure out what "herbs" you meant....geez I am naive, but hey, there's a shop on Victoria St near uni where I can get this cornerstone ingredient at least! Never tried this, so I will start sloooowwwww.

Anonymous said...

Hahahahah "herb" infused! Amazing

Unknown said...

This looks awesome!!! There was another recipe I was going to try but I prefer smoother brownies than nutty/crunchy brownies so I may just make these :) I'm not a fan of raisins though.. I'm wondering if the raisin taste is really strong or if I can just use all dates?

The Wordy Pug said...

Oh my heavenly pugs Miss Emily, this is fabulous! I made it with cashews and almonds and it was still phenomenal. My kids even say these are the best brownies they have ever tasted. Thank you thank you thank you for giving us such amazing tasting and healthy treats to enjoy!

Anonymous said...

what is the approx weight of a half cup of favorite herb?

Cathy R said...

I'm definitely making this soon! My family loves edibles :) lol

Anonymous said...

These were beyond amazing THANK YOU FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL RECIPE ;) 10/10 would make and eat and enjoy again!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I feel so silly! I am an avid lover of um.... "special"... brownies, and it took me a while to realise what type of herb you were speaking of! Thank you for this recipe, they look amazing!

Jenni said...

You've done it again Emily!! These are amazing and I got 15 Brownies for about what it cost to buy 3 similar ones in the shop and my kids swear they taste exactly the same - I think they taste better! Sending you sunshine x

Jenni said...

You've done it again Emily! These are beautiful. I used Almonds as I didn't have any Brazil nuts on hand and I got 15 Brownies for about what it cost to buy 3 similar ones from the shop and my kids swear they taste exactly the same - I think they taste better! Sending you sunshine x

Unknown said...

These look fantastic. I have a favorite herb-infused coconut oil fudge I make that is simply wonderful. Thanks for the yummy recipe!