Raw Chocolate Brownies

Raw Choc Brownie

This is my purely delicious brownie recipe from my 80/20 book.  It’s the perfect recipe for Valentines Day and chocolate lovers. You can use raw cacao which gives it a lighter and more subtle chocolate flavour or a lush dark cocoa such as Valrhona that gives depth and intensity to the whole taste experience.  I love to top them with lots of red fruits such as fresh or dried berries and serve in small delicate bite sized portions that really satisfy.

What’s great about it:
Almonds are high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help  fight off free radicals for a healthy immune system.  They are also a great source of potassium, a mineral necessary for nerve transmission and the contraction of all muscles including the heart. Cacao is a super bean! It is loaded with antioxidants and essential micronutrients for health and vitality. It’s a great source of magnesium, which aids calcium absorption, metabolism and protein synthesis.

250 g (2 cups / 8  3/4 oz) raw almonds or walnuts ( see notes )
10 fresh soft pitted dates
2 tablespoons coconut butter or your choice cacao butter or coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
3 tablespoons caca0 powder
1 tablespoon maca powder (optional)
Pinch sea salt

Garnish
Dried or fresh red fruits such as goji, raspberry, cherry, strawberry

Place almonds into a food processor and process until broken up roughly.
Add cacao powder, maca powder – if using and sea salt.
Process again for a few seconds until combined.
Add dates and process again until the dates have distributed evenly throughout the almonds.
Add coconut butter and process again until combined.
Spoon mixture into a bowl.
Add 1 – 2 tablespoons water  - just enough so that the mixture sticks together when squeezed together.
Press into a 15 cm square tray lined with baking paper.
Refrigerate for 2 hours to set.
Cut into small delicate portions.
Serve topped with your choice of berries.
Makes 28 delicate bite sized serves.

Boost them up:
Add 4 tablespoons Healthy Chef Protein to make the most awesome protein powder bar.

Notes:
Quality coconut butter can be used in place of almonds in this recipe.

Gluten Free – Dairy Free – Low GI – Purely Delicious

 

 

 

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32 Responses to “Raw Chocolate Brownies”
  1. This is truly relish. Our kids love it and I have to steer clear of it otherwise I eat the entire slab :-)

    Happy Valentines Day Teresa xxx Dani

  2. VIctoria says:

    hi – I am curious – in you notes do you mean that – the coconut butter replaces the nuts?

    • Hey Victoria – what I mean is that for nut free brownies…you can use coconut butter to replace the nuts. For a firmer brownie add 3 tablespoons cacao butter. Best to set in the freezer until firm. T:)

  3. Isabella says:

    Hi Teresa , this looks yummy , I don’t have any coconut butter though , I have cocoa butter , although I know the taste might change , is there anything else I could use instead of coconut butter ?? Xx thanks , can’t wait to try ! Isabella UK

  4. Joe says:

    Made it as soon as I got home. Currently sitting in the fridge. Didn’t use coconut butter nor maca powder hope it turns out alright.

    FYI I added shredded coconut, chia seeds and flax seeds.

  5. Rose says:

    Hi Teresa, I’m new to this style of cooking & baking but I’m really enjoying it. I was delighted to find a fellow Aussie blogger in this field, I look forward to trying this recipe later in the week.

  6. Emily says:

    Hi Teresa, these look delicious! Quick question, what is maca powder, and can it be substituted with something else? I’ll also be substituting coconut butter with either hazelnut or almond butter, do you think that’ll still work? Thanks for the recipe :)

  7. Nikki says:

    Hi Teresa, sounds great and want to make them today, but what is maca powder?

  8. Barb says:

    Hi Teresa, same problem for me with cocnut butter is this the same as oil or can we make it? Also have cocoa butter in the fridge. Would like to make it as soon as I get home from work. <3 Barb

  9. Melanie says:

    Hi Teresa,
    is coconut butter the same as coconut oil? Cheers :)

    • Hey Melanie – if you have coconut oil you can use that if you wish – Coconut butter includes the meat of the coconut, while coconut oil does not. Coconut butter in this recipe makes it lovely smooth and moorish.

  10. Dena says:

    Hi Teresa loving your recipes, could I have the nutrition for the brownies. Thanks

  11. jasmin says:

    what is Maca powder?

  12. Penny elizabeth says:

    Hello Teresa.
    This looks like the perfect treat for Friday, thank you. Just wondering though, once made and places in fridge, when is the approximate exoneration on this? That is, if it’s not inhaled immediately!
    Have a great day. Pen xx

  13. Kate says:

    Hi
    Jut wondering if we can make our own coconut butter ???

    And there r amazeballs xx defs going to add cherries into the mix next time x

  14. Hi Teresa,

    I just made this, so quick and easy and looks fantastic!! I made my own coconut butter using a fresh coconut and a little coconut oil (in my vitamix) seemed to have worked just fine. Thanks for another great recipe.
    Kim :)

  15. Vicki says:

    Hi Teresa,

    These look delicious. How long will they keep for? If I make them Thursday night will they be OK for Friday night if kept in the fridge?

    Thanks :)

  16. Melissa says:

    Hi there ,if choosing the nut free option,what amount of coconut butter is required please.thanks

  17. Judy says:

    As soon as I read this recipe I made it. Put the lot in the vitamix added The Healthy Chief vinalla protein powder a little natural coconut and decorated with cranberries. I took more water than I expected, I used coconut oil (I keep that in the fridge) DELICIOUS -maybe at Christmas time I may add a little rum, healthy rum balls?!!!!.
    Thanks Teresa, I love your site, keep the recipes comming. I am slowely changeing to RAW eating little by little – feeling wonderful – I’m 65 and going strong.

  18. Joanne says:

    Hi Theresa, Love your work! If I didn’t want to use any fruit, could I replace it with something else?

  19. i love the ingredients you use! this is a wonderful site… terrific

  20. Faiza says:

    Hi, can I use cashew but butter instead and skip the dates?

    Thankd

  21. Mel says:

    Another great recipe, we have devoured these, thanks!

  22. Angelika says:

    Teresa, thank you so much. This recipe was truly divine. I made it for Valentine’s Day and my fiancé loved it.
    The recipe didn’t say when to add the vanilla paste, so I left to add it at the very end with the water.
    Thank you for creating amazing healthy meals full of flavour and never dull. Ps- So proud that you’re Polish – pozdrowienia :) x x

  23. Somone says:

    Amazing recipe. I made it with almond meal so my son with braces could eat it. Blended the dates and almond meal until they were really fine and used coconut oil and protein powder. Set it in a Pyrex shallow dish by pushing it absolutely flat. It set beautifully. Didn’t last 2 weeks though more like two days. delicious!

  24. Elisa says:

    I made them right now. AMAZING! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Love from Germany,
    Elisa

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