The popularity of raw treats these days doesn’t just owe to the wholesome nourishment provided by raw healthy ingredients or to the simplicity of making goodies without having to cook. The fact is that raw treats are every bit as delicious — or even more so — than the baked delights we grew up with. It’s quite amazing what you can do without flour, eggs, milk or a stove or oven.
Take these raw cocoa brownies for example … so rich, fudgy and attractive that no one would ever guess that they didn’t come out of a bakery. Or that they’re packed with protein and fiber. These no-cook brownies with warming spicy undertones of fresh ginger and cinnamon topped with a sweet maple syrup and nutty pecan smothering of goodness are every bit as decadent tasting as sugar-laden treats from a bakery, but without the guilt.
Still they are very rich, and just one square will suffice most diners although the urge to eat more than one will be hard to resist!
Note: Coconut butter is a smooth spread made from the flesh of coconuts, thicker and more coconut-tasting than coconut oil. You can make it yourself at home if you have the time and patience, but it is readily available in natural food stores and large grocers where you may find it under the name of coconut manna.
|Raw Cocoa Gingerbread Brownies
|Recipe by Lisa Turner
Published on October 20, 2015
Rich fudgy cocoa no-cook brownies with warming undertones of fresh ginger and cinnamon — you won’t believe that these are raw and packed with protein
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- 1 cup raw almonds
- 3/4 cup dried dates, pitted and roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins or pitted prunes
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced or grated
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup, honey or agave syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup melted coconut butter
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 2/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the brownies, grind the almonds in a food processor until they are reduced to a flour. Add the dates and raisins or prunes and process until well combined. Add the cocoa, pecans, vanilla, salt, fresh and ground ginger, and cinnamon. Process again until everything is thoroughly mixed. Line a 8 × 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Transfer the mixture to the pan and press down firmly.
For the frosting, combine the water, coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave, vanilla, coconut butter and coconut oil in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add the cocoa and blend again. Spread the frosting over the bottom layer of the brownies and chill until set — 4 to 6 hours.
To make the topping before serving, combine the pecans, maple syrup, coconut sugar and cinnamon.
To serve, cut the brownies into small squares and top with some of the pecans.
Makes 16 2-inch brownies
Other raw treats to enjoy from Lisa’s Kitchen:
Raw Avocado Coconut Nanaimo Bars
Raw Peanut Butter Truffles
Raw Peanut Butter Cocoa Maple Squares
Raw Peanut Butter Fudge