Raw Chocolate Walnut Brownies - Vegan, Sweetened with Dates, Gluten-Free, Easy Plant-Based Recipe

These raw, vegan brownies come together with just a few simple ingredients:  dates, walnuts, cocoa, and vanilla.  This simple plant-based recipe makes it easy to stay healthy, even while enjoying dessert.  You’ll love the rich, fudge flavor in these decadent treats.

EASY                         Servings: 16                    Ready In: 20 minutes

 Raw Walnut Chocolate Fudgy Vegan Brownies - Healthy, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Plant-Based Dessert Recipe 2

Raw Walnut Chocolate Fudgy Vegan Brownies - Healthy, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Plant-Based Dessert Recipe 2

 You can make this raw brownie recipe with just a few simple ingredients: walnuts, dates, cocoa, and vanilla

You can make this raw brownie recipe with just a few simple ingredients: walnuts, dates, cocoa, and vanilla

  Chef's Sweet Tip:  Soaked dates replace the typical refined sugar or syrup found in most brownie recipes.  Dates are loaded with healthy fiber, making them a common go-to for healthy, plant-based sweetness

Chef's Sweet Tip: Soaked dates replace the typical refined sugar or syrup found in most brownie recipes.  Dates are loaded with healthy fiber, making them a common go-to for healthy, plant-based sweetness

Ingredients

1 cup dates (200 grams)
12 ounces walnut pieces (about 3 cups or 293 grams)
2/3 cup  cocoa powder (66 grams)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
dash Salt
2-4 tbsp warm water, as needed


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Procedure

To soften the dates:  Cover the dates with warm water and let sit for about 5-10 minutes to soften.  If your dates are already squishy and "fresh", you might not need to do this step.

To make the brownies:  Place the walnuts and cocoa in a food processor.  Puree until you get a crumbly, coarse texture.

Remove the dates from the soaking liquid and squeeze out any excess liquid.  Hold on to the soaking liquid!  Add the dates to the food processor, along with the vanilla and salt.  Puree.  Blend until the mixture comes together in a big, sticky ball.  If it's not holding together, it's too dry.  Add some of the date soaking liquid (or water), a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture comes together.

 Press your mixture into a square pan lined with plastic wrap to make brownies.  If you want to enjoy these as "energy balls" or as chocolate chunks over Banana "Nice" cream, you can roll them into small bites

Press your mixture into a square pan lined with plastic wrap to make brownies.  If you want to enjoy these as "energy balls" or as chocolate chunks over Banana "Nice" cream, you can roll them into small bites

Line a 8x8 inch square pan with plastic wrap.  Remove the dough ball from the food processor. and place in the square pan.  Use your fingers to press the dough into a single, even layer in the pan.  Cover the top of the brownies with plastic.  Place another 8x8 inch square pan on top and weight it down with a few heavy cans.

  Chef's Tool Tip:   A bench scrape (aka pastry scrape) makes it easy to portion and cut these bars once they've set.  This small gadget is essential for easy, quick cooking

Chef's Tool Tip:  A bench scrape (aka pastry scrape) makes it easy to portion and cut these bars once they've set.  This small gadget is essential for easy, quick cooking

Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to "set"...or refrigerate overnight.

Remove the brownies from the pan, cut into 16 squares, and enjoy!

Chef's Tip:  This raw brownie mix can be broken into small chocolaty chunks and mixed into Banana "Nice" Scream or over vegan sundaes for the ultimate dessert.  You can also use it as a crust for pies or fruit tarts.

Chef’s Healthy Dessert Tip: For a healthy, delicious topping, spread some fruit and nuts over these brownies instead of frosting.  You can use sliced bananas with chopped peanuts.  Or sliced strawberries with chopped pistachios.  

Chef’s Raw Tip:  For a truly Raw recipe, be sure to use cocoa powdered labeled “raw”.  Most cocoa powder is roasted for a darker color and deeper flavor.  You can find raw cocoa online and in specialty grocery stores.

Yield: 1 9x9 tray, 16 brownies


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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/16 of a recipe (1 brownie).

Calories 211.15
Calories From Fat (57%) 120.82
% Daily Value
Total Fat 14.44g 22%
Saturated Fat 1.6g 8%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1.66mg <1%
Potassium 294.97mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 21.74g 7%
Fiber 4.39g 18%
Sugar 14.76g
Protein 4.49g 9%
Calcium 0.37mg <1%
Iron 34.15mg 190%
Vitamin A 6.48IU <1%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%