raw “brownie”

February 20, 2012

The Raw Brownie

2 cups whole walnuts
2 ½ cups Medjool dates, pitted
1 cup raw cacao
1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
¼ tsp. sea salt

1. Place walnuts in food processor and blend on high until the nuts are finely ground. (this is the flourlike part, so grind them extra-fine.)
2. Add the cacao and salt. Pulse to combine.
3. Add the dates one at a time through the feed tube of the food processor while it is running. What you should end up with is a mix that appears rather like cake crumbs, but that when pressed, will easily stick together (if the mixture does not hold together well, add more dates).
4. In a large bowl (or the pan you plan on putting the brownies in), combine the walnut-cacao mix with the chopped almonds. Press into a lined cake pan or mold. Place in freezer or fridge until ready to serve (it is also easier to cut these when they are very cold). Store in an airtight container.

on its own, it’s good. nutty, chocolatey, crumbley and almost truffle-y – very rich, good but not my favorite thing, as i’m not a huge chocolate fanatic. together with the chocolate pudding, though, they are PERFECT. i mean, this combination of things is so perfect, i can’t even convey it to you. i know it sounds weird, especially with the avocado. but chunks of raw brownie in raw chocolate pudding really tastes like brownies in banana-chocolate pudding. i am not a raw foodist, i am not gluten-free; this just happens to be a raw, gluten-free, vegan dessert that i like as much as buttery cookies. and trust me, that’s a high honor coming from me. this brownies-and-pudding combo is one of my favorite desserts of all-time. it reminds me of a banana-fied version of brownies with icecream on top at the local diner. this is serious. i’m going to be making these two desserts together whenever i can afford to.


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