Raw Double Chocolate Brownies!

Raw Chocolate Brownies

The name of this dessert-like snack pretty much sells itself. It’s raw (so that’s like, kinda healthy right?) and it’s double chocolate, which to me just translates into double the fun (and probably double the calories too, but who’s counting?)

I made these to take to work and share with customers and colleagues, and they were a hit! I had customers asking me if I would take orders, which was a really nice thing to hear. To think that people would pay to eat my creations is pretty unreal!

The brownie is made up of only 5 ingredients – medjool dates, activated nuts, cold pressed organic coconut oil, raw cacao powder and raw/organic honey. That’s it! I love activated nuts, and they’ve become somewhat of a new (and slightly expensive) addiction of mine. Activated nuts are soaked and then dehydrated on a low temperature to dry. This process helps break down phytates in the nuts that can make them hard to digest. It also makes them really crunchy and delicious. The brand I have here is 2Die4 Live Foods, and I bought them from my work (I work in a health food store). They do a pretty large range of activated nuts, including shelled organic pistachios. Which, if you’re a pistachio lover like I am, I warn you to not buy them. Simply because I found it was far too easy to open the bag and pour it straight into my mouth repeatedly until the whole bag was gone and I had no idea what had happened.

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(You can of course also just use regular raw nuts of your choice in this recipe if you don’t have activated nuts!)

I took out the seeds of the medjool dates, and soaked them for 30mins. I do this whenever I’m making bliss balls or treats where the dates need to be blended. I find it makes them so much easier to blend. 

I then blended the nuts on their own in the food processor until they became a rough crumbly texture (you don’t want them blended too much until they become a flour like texture), then I added the dates and pulsed until they formed a ball. I then poured in the rest of the ingredients and pulsed it until it all came together.

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I then scooped the mix out and pressed it into a lined brownie tin (easiest with your hands, don’t even bother with a spoon or spatula) and popped it into the freezer for 10 minutes.

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I know what you’re thinking. There’s only one serve of chocolate there. And the title clearly says double. Never fear. Enter raw chocolate icing.

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This couldn’t be more simple to make – coconut oil, cacao and honey. I melted it all together over a low heat while the brownies were in the freezer, then poured it over the top of the brownie tray and put back into the freezer to set for an hour.

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You cut them however you like, and eat however many you like (there’s no judgement here). They are so rich, decadent and taste like chocolate-y heaven.

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There is one thing I want to note though, and that is to keep them in the freezer or fridge until just before you want to eat them. Because of the coconut oil, they do tend to melt a little if left out for too long! But who’s going to wait around to eat these once they’re out of the freezer? Not I!

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Make these this weekend, enjoy them, eat the whole tray if you must, and don’t even tell your partner you ever made them. That way, you don’t have to share!

Laura x.

Raw Double Chocolate Brownies
Yields 6
Deliciously rich, chocolatey brownies and without the need for any baking!
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Brownie Ingredients
  1. 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  2. 1 cup activated mixed nuts*
  3. 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  4. 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  5. 2 tablespoons honey
Chocolate Topping Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  2. 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  3. 2 tablespoons honey
Instructions
  1. Soak medjool dates in warm water for 15 minutes.
  2. Place nuts in food processor and blend until roughly chopped.
  3. Add medjool dates and pulse until combined.
  4. Add remaining brownie ingredients and pulse until mixed well and mixture comes together in a ball.
  5. Press mix into a lined brownie tin and place in freezer for 10 minutes.
  6. Melt the chocolate topping ingredients in a pot over low heat until smooth and well combined.
  7. Take brownie pan out of freezer and pour the melted chocolate over the top.
  8. Place back in freezer for an hour and cut into 6 medium brownies (or your preferred size/amount) and serve.
  9. If you are not eating it straight away, keep in fridge or freezer until just before eating, as the coconut oil can make it melt if left out too long.
Notes
  1. * You can use regular raw mixed nuts if you can't get activated nuts.
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