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Raw vegan brownies

I just love a strong espresso and a brownie.  Coffee and chocolate go so perfectly together, to me an espresso and a brownie are the ultimate way to enjoy this classic combination, I love the intensity.

But what to do when this craving hits and you’re at home, and don’t have the ingredients to knock up a batch of brownies, or just can’t wait the couple of hours it would take?

But what to do when this craving hits and you’re at home, and don’t have the ingredients to knock up a batch of brownies, or just can’t wait the couple of hours it would take?

It sounds wrong, but you make raw vegan brownies.  It’s too simple and delicious to be true, but true it is.

All you need is ten minutes (even I can wait that long), and a few basic ingredients:

1 cup dates

1/2 cup walnuts or almonds

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup raw cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

And here’s what you do:

1. Blitz the nuts and coconut in a food processor, until almost ground. set aside

2. Now blitz the dates and vanilla until you have a sticky dough.

3. Add back in the nut mixture, blitz again.

4. Mould into a square dish so you have a patty.

5. Dust with cocoa powder if you so wish, cut into little squares and eat!

These are so much easier and quicker than actual brownies, and almost as delicious!  And you get to feel all smug and healthy, winner all round in my book!

 

 

Raw vegan energy balls

These are so easy, so tasty and so so healthy.  I gave one to my totally non-health food eating, non-vegan boyfriend and even he loved them.

They are totally based on those fantastic but expensive raw fruit and nut bars that are so popular now, such as Lara bars, which seem to longer exist in the UK L.  If anyone reading has any influence over such things, then please, please bring them back, although actually after figuring out how to do it myself, maybe I’ll be OK in Lara bar free world.

Ok, so here it is, this is how simple they are.  All you need is a small handful of nuts (I used almonds, because that’s what I had to hand) and full handful of dates.  Just the dates and nuts work just great.  For my second batch, I added a scant teaspoon of raw unsweetened cocoa and a little unsweetened shredded coconut. Perfect.

Ready your food processor, tip in your nuts, pulse until you they are ground down to fairly small pieces, not down to a flour like consistency, go for more like bulgur wheat.  Empty those out into a bowl.  Now pulse up the dates, they’ll end up clumped together and very sticky.  Add the nuts back along with the cocoa, lightly pulse.  I then emptied it all out into a bowl, squished the mixture together a bit more and shaped into little balls.  For the sack of prettiness really, I then rolled them around in a little pile of shredded coconut.  You could of course shape into bar shapes, but balls are easier, and I think more fun!

Has anyone else tried making these kind of bars?  If so please share your combinations.