The most epic Raw Vegan Brownies that have this non-vegan questioning EVERYTHING. Bonus: they're gluten free and refined sugar free, too!

Ok so let’s get one thing straight: I’m no raw vegan. Let alone a vegan. I mean, ok, if we’re being honest, let alone a vegetarian… THIS GIRL EATS IT ALL. But a few weeks ago I polled you guys on Instagram asking what you wanted to see more of in 2019. And one thing you guys said was more diet-friendly recipes! And I went all out for you guys because these are gluten free brownies too!

Now, I truly believe there’s a way to make diet-friendly baked goods that still taste amazing and satisfy the most discerning of palates. Because being, say, vegan, doesn’t mean that you’re on a diet in the strict sense of the word. It just means you don’t eat animal products.

So with this recipe for Raw Vegan Brownies, for example, it still has fat in it, albeit good fats like walnuts, almond flour, and coconut cream. And it still has sugar in it, it’s just natural and non-refined sugar from dates and maple syrup. So yeah, these Raw Vegan Brownies are absolutely amazing. Because they don’t cut corners anywhere.

They’re not made with 2 grams of sugar and 5% of your daily fat. They’re brownies. As they should be. They’re just made with these more alternative ingredients to satisfy all diet-friendly tastebuds πŸ™‚

The most epic Raw Vegan Brownies that have this non-vegan questioning EVERYTHING. Bonus: they're gluten free and refined sugar free, too!

What’s in these raw vegan brownies?

These raw vegan fudge brownies have all kinds of good for you ingredients in them and require less than 20 minutes of hands-on prep work. The key ingredients that make these brownies so amazing are:

Walnuts β€” You want to use roasted unsalted walnuts in these raw vegan brownies for the best taste and texture. The walnuts make these brownies a little sturdier and add a slightly nutty undertone to them. If you don’t have any walnuts on hand or are allergic, you can use another roasted unsalted nut, like cashews or peanuts.

Dates β€” If you’re new to the world of vegan baking (does it count as baking if the brownies are raw?), you might now know how amazingly sweet and delicious dates are. For this brownie recipe, you want to get your hands on pitted medjool dates β€” most grocery stores sell them now, which is great!

Cocoa powder β€” Buy the best quality cocoa powder you can, because it’s really the star of these raw brownies. Make sure it’s unsweetened as well!

Almond flour β€” The almond flour helps binds these brownies and prevents them from falling apart.

There are a handful of other ingredients in these raw vegan brownies, but these are the main ingredients that make them taste so amazing!

The most epic Raw Vegan Brownies that have this non-vegan questioning EVERYTHING. Bonus: they're gluten free and refined sugar free, too!

Tips for making raw vegan brownies

Soak the dates, if needed β€” Give your medjool dates a good squeeze. If they’re a little dry, soak them in boiling water for a few minutes. This will make them easier to blend and the added moisture means the brownies will stick together better. If your dates feel soft to the touch, you don’t need to soak them!

Buy full-fat coconut cream β€” This is not the time to buy low-fat coconut milk or anything like that. You want legit full-fat coconut cream for the raw chocolate ganache. Coconut cream whips up nicely and has a rich flavor that can’t be beat.

Add a pinch of espresso powder β€” If you have it on hand, add in some espresso powder to bring out the cocoa flavor of these raw vegan brownies even more. You won’t taste the coffee, it’ll just enhance the flavors in these brownies.

The most epic Raw Vegan Brownies that have this non-vegan questioning EVERYTHING. Bonus: they're gluten free and refined sugar free, too!

Optional vegan brownie toppings

You can keep these raw vegan brownies as simple as you want, but I opted to top them with dried rose buds because…well, why not? You could also top these fudge brownies with crushed walnuts (or another type of nut), unsweetened shredded coconut, or cacao nibs. Or just slap the raw ganache on top and enjoy as is!

The most epic Raw Vegan Brownies that have this non-vegan questioning EVERYTHING. Bonus: they're gluten free and refined sugar free, too!

How to store raw vegan brownies

These raw vegan brownies should be kept in a sealed container in the fridge. They’ll last for about a week and can be eaten chilled. If you leave these raw brownies out on the counter, the coconut cream ganache may melt a bit and lose its shape. Because these are raw brownies, they don’t really go stale and are a great make-ahead dessert!

The most epic Raw Vegan Brownies that have this non-vegan questioning EVERYTHING. Bonus: they're gluten free and refined sugar free, too!

The most epic Raw Vegan Brownies that have this non-vegan questioning EVERYTHING. Bonus: they're gluten free and refined sugar free, too!

Happy week, baby. Hoping you have a fantastic weekend, and I’ll be back with another recipe for you on Tuesday!

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The Ultimate Raw Vegan Brownies

The most epic Raw Vegan Fudge Brownies that have this non-vegan questioning EVERYTHING. Bonus: they're gluten free and refined sugar free, too!

The most epic Fudgy Raw Vegan Brownies that have this non-vegan questioning EVERYTHING. Bonus: they’re gluten-free and refined sugar-free, too!

  • Author: Sarah | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 9 brownies 1x
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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)

Instructions

  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! 

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!

More vegan recipes from Broma Bakery:

Vegan Peanut Butter Mudslide Ice Cream

No-Bake Blueberry Almond Breakfast Bars

Vegan Peppermint Fudge Ripple Ice Cream

Vegan Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

No-Bake Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cookies

The most epic Raw Vegan Brownies that have this non-vegan questioning EVERYTHING. Bonus: they're gluten free and refined sugar free, too!

16 comments

Sam
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Hi ! Would you be able to recommend another nut to substitute with the walnuts? My boyfriend has a severe allergy.

Nathalie
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I’vr made these with half cashews half almonds. Worked well.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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YUM. So happy it worked out.

You could also try peanuts. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

crystal
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Thanks! Our family recently went vegan, and we’ll be sure to try these! I think these technically fall under gluten free as well! Looking forward to more in the future!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Aw thank you. They’ll be many more recipes like this one on the blog this year. Stay tuned πŸ™‚

Shivani Raja
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Woah. These look stunning Sarah! As a vegan myself, I am so happy you are sharing more diet- friendly recipes! And when there’s chocolate involved, you’ll bet I’ll be making it soon! Shivani x

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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THANK YOU. Me too! I love exploring different recipes for all different diets. Enjoy πŸ™‚

nancy k
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I read the title of the recipe and panic thinking NOOOOOOO! Please, please don’t start posting odd diet recipes. Thankfully, my panic ended when I then read your first couple of sentences…whew!!
No judgement intended, but I just don’t get eliminating whole foods groups from one’s diet in the name of healthy. A diet that focuses on moderation, correct portions, self control and all the basic food groups seems to make the most sense to me.
That said, I love your “Better Than Box Brownies” recipe. It is my go to whenever I need a chocolate fix.

Elisha @UseHealthTips
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mouth watering…..wow, it looks amazing, but dont know why everytime I try making brownies, they turn out to be just not right, a little hard, dont know why, but this looks so delicious, wanna try it toooo, dont wanna mess….please help!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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These brownies are SO good! You should definitely give them a try. Make sure you’re not over-mixing your batter–this can totally throw off the texture. For regular brownies, I would also keep a close eye on their bake time and take them out when the center is just barely cooked. They’ll keep baking once their out from and get to that perfect ooey gooey brownie you’re looking for.

Good news is these ones just chill instead of baking and are super easy to put together. Hope this helps!

Laura | Tutti Dolci
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I’ve never needed a brownie more and these are perfection!

Haley E Hansen
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Okay that up-close-and-personal photo of the frosting is just mesmerizing! Love me a good brownie!

Tina
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Sorry but by changing some of the Raw ingredients into cooked, you really can Not call this recipe Raw Brownies anymore!!! Anyone knows, as soon as you use Hot water to soak the dates and call for roasted walnuts the recipe is not raw.T

Sofi | Broma Bakery
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Hey Tina–it wasn’t our intention for these brownies to be specifically in a “raw diet.” We only call them raw because you don’t bake them at all. That being said, you should only soak your dates if they’re dry and you can totally use unroasted walnuts. So an easy fix to make them officially raw!

Jen
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These look delicious!!

Sorry to fact-check a little though, but it’s important to be clear that this, as written, is not a raw recipe. Except for the dates, and if you specifically bought raw cocoa powder (not specified in the recipe) none of the ingredients are raw.

To be more accurate, this is a no-bake brownie made with mostly cooked ingredients.

They do look delicious though!!
It’s definitely a recipe I’d want to try.

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