RECIPE

The Ultimate Raw Vegan Fudge Brownies

Ingredients

for the raw brownies

  • 1 1/2 cups roasted unsalted walnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups pitted medjool dates*
  • 1 cup high quality cocoa powder (I use Rodelle)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder (optional, adds depth of flavor)

for the whipped ganache

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons dried rose buds (optional)

Directions

  1. Line an 8"x8" pan with parchment paper on all sides. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, puree walnuts until the texture resembles wet sand. Add in dates and puree to a paste. The texture should be very smooth. You might have to stop the food processor, mix with a spatula, and process again in order to get every last nook and cranny.
  3. Add in cocoa powder, almond flour, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and espresso powder (if using). Pulse until everything is well combined. Mixture will be thick.
  4. Transfer brownies to prepared baking pan. Press evenly into the pan. If you want to get the brownie surface perfectly smooth, place a sheet of parchment paper over everything and then use a flat measuring cup to press hard onto the surface of the brownies. This should make them flat! 
  5. Place in fridge to cool for at least 1 hour. Once cooled, make your ganache.
  6. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the coconut cream until scalding (right below a simmer). Remove from heat and add in chopped chocolate. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then stir with a whisk. Ganache should be fully melted at this point. If it isn't, place back on the stove for 30 seconds.  
  7. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and allow mixture to cool for 15 minutes, until it's at about room temperature.
  8. Use a hand mixer to whip the ganache for 5 minutes, until it's a shade lighter in color and so the ganache gets thicker. Remove brownies from fridge and frost with whipped ganache. Optionally decorate with dried rose buds! 

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Recipe Notes

*If your dates feel a bit dry, soak them in boiling water for 15 minutes. If they feel soft to the touch, disregard this!

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