raw sea salted brownies
Who doesn’t like chocolate brownies? O.k. if you don’t worship the cacao bean I guess this one is not for you, but chocolate has always been a highlight in my life. When I remember many events, be it road trips, birthdays, holidays, as well as some sad periods in my life, chocolate was always there (o.k. I see some of you are nodding with me on this one).
I don’t remember the first time I tasted chocolate but it was likely a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk bar. As I got a little older, I grew fond of dark chocolate and chose it over the milkier options. I think my first experience of “darker chocolate” was a little box of Rowntree (now Nestlé ) Black Magic Chocolates that my Grandmother bought me and I poured over the little “legend” making the all important decision of which chocolate to select, allowing myself only one chocolate per day. Alright, I admit it, I poked a little “test” hole in a few and put them back in favour of another, but eventually I ate them all, even my “not so favorites”.
Ignorance was bliss back then as I didn’t know about chocolate’s shadowy side of using child labour and deforestation practices to harvest and manufacture my favorite confection. I am thankful that today we can purchase many incredible, intense, delicious chocolate products from fair trade and ethical sources and so our bliss is not at the expense of others!
So go ahead and whip up these easy raw brownies (made with organic fair trade raw cocoa) and enjoy the power and the glory of the cacao tree and remember all the times chocolate was there for you… and still is…. Amen!
- ½ cup raw walnuts
- ½ cup macadamia nuts
- 1 cup pitted dates (about 20 medium)
- ½ cup of raw cocoa powder (such as Navitas)
- 2 tablespoons raw almond butter
- 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 medium to large ripe avocado
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup raw cocoa
- ¼ cup agave nectar (or honey)
- 1 teaspoon Maldon Sea Salt (flakes)
Process all ingredients in a food processor until it is like a coarse meal and sticks together when you pinch it with your fingers.
Press it into a 8" X 8" pan and tamp in down firmly with your fingers or the back of a spoon and set aside.
Puree avocado in processor until smooth, then add in the rest of the ingredients, except the sea salt, and process until very smooth and creamy.
Spread the frosting evenly over the brownies and set in the freezer for about an hour or so, until firm.
Slice into squares and enjoy at your leisure.
(These are best kept in the freezer and will last there for a week or two. If they last longer than that, you should really ask yourself “why?”.)
Note: you can also make these “naked”, without the “frosting”. Just cut up into bars and store them in the fridge.