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Getting Raw

10 Jul

I woke up extremely early this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep so I decided to do a bit of ‘baking’ instead so I could take a little treat in to work today.

I say ‘baking’ as I made a raw, vegan brownie which doesn’t involve any cooking at all. What do you call baking and cooking when it’s raw food? A question for the ages…

Chocolate Brownie

300g Date paste

50g Almond meal

60g crushed nuts (I used pecans)

1/2 cup cocoa

2 tsp coconut butter

water

 

Chocolate Sauce

1/3 cup coconut oil

3 tbs agave syrup

vanilla

6 tbsp cocoa powder

Put date paste, almond meal, cocoa and coconut butter in a food processor and pulse until all mixed. It should form into a dough ball. Add a tsp of water if too dry.

Put mixture in a bowl and knead in the crushed nuts (at this point I also added 50g of pepitas because I like them and for more texture).

Press into a square cake tin – I used a silicon one so you can get it out easily, otherwise, make sure you line the tin so you can lift it out easily  – and freeze for half an hour.

Meanwhile , mix together the chocolate sauce ingredients in a bowl.

Remove brownie from freezer and top with chocolate sauce and sprinkle with nuts or coconut and freeze for a further 10 minutes.

Press out of tin, cut into pieces and enjoy!

I strongly recommend using a really good quality cocoa as that is where all the delicious, rich, chocolatey goodness comes from.

I am going to add some dried banana next time to the brownie recipe, but I also think dried raspberries would be amazing. You could also add some dried peel, orange zest and a bit of juice instead of the coconut butter, or even a splash of liqueur.

Really, the possibilities are endless!

(I found the chocolate sauce recipe  here at www.pure2raw.com which is a great site for raw food recipes. Have a look!

I was inspired to make these by  browsing the recipes here and adapting them to what I had available: http://www.yummly.com/blog/2012/07/10-delicious-raw-vegan-desserts )