Raw chocolate brownies with chocolate ganache

I honestly don’t know why I haven’t made raw brownies before! They are rich and decadent without being overly sweet – basically everything you want in a brownie! The best part about these is that they’re raw, meaning no cooking required.

They are a great treat for those who are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and/or raw.

Brownie base

If I haven’t already convinced you to make these, what about telling you the ingredients used are providing you with amazing health benefits.

Walnuts are full of essential omega-3 fatty acids, which our body can’t actually produce so we must get them from consuming certain foods. Raw cacao powder is full of antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals including magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron. Coconut oil is known for boosting your metabolism which in turn helps to control your weight.

Ready to be set

I pressed the brownie base into the cake tin using the back of a wet spoon. This prevents the base sticking to the spoon and ruining all your hard work!

Chocolate ganache ingredients

This ganache is something else; it basically tastes like fudge. If you don’t have cacao butter you can use 1/2 cup coconut oil instead. However, it will solidify quicker and may crack when cutting into squares.

Final stage!

You don’t have to make the ganache to top these brownies, but I definitely recommend to! You won’t be disappointed if you do!

Chocolate on chocolate!

These brownies will keep for four days in a sealed container in the fridge.

Raw brownies with chocolate ganache

Makes 18 

Ingredients:

Base
  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
Ganache
  • 2/3 cup cacao butter, softened
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 4 TBSP 100% pure maple syrup
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil

Method:

  1. Line a cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Process all base ingredients in a food processor until crumbly in texture.
  3. Press into lined tin and place in the fridge whilst you make the ganache.
  4. Process all ganache ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  5. Spread over brownie base and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  6. Slice into squares then enjoy!

Note: you can substitute the maple syrup for honey however then they won’t be vegan

I’d love to hear if you’ve made raw brownies before?!

Also, if you make these I’d love to hear what you thought of them!

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