Raw Vegan Brownies

I served these tonight at our Essential Oils 101 class and they were a hit!  Nearly everyone asked for the recipe and not a single vegan in the group!

These were inspired by something I am almost never without…if you know me you’ve probably seen me eat one or try to get you to try one.  Peanut Butter Cookie Lara Bars.  So simple, so delicious!  Three ingredients: Peanuts, dates and salt.  I’ve always wanted to try using dates and today I did.

Raw Vegan Brownies

1 1/2 cups walnuts (soaked overnight)

10 dates

3/4 cocoa (more or less depending on how rich a flavor you would like)

dash of salt

1 tsp. vanilla

Optional: Crushed cacao nibs and shredded coconut

Directions: Rinse walnuts and whizz in food processor.  Add dates and whizz some more.  Add a bit of water to the mix, it’ll be quite sticky.  Add cocoa, salt and vanilla and more water if necessary.  Should be a little stiffer than regular brownie like consistency.

Spread in 8×8 pan and put in fridge to set.

I sprinkled some crushed cacao nibs on the bottom of the pan before spreading the mix and on the top for added richness and coconut shreds for decoration.  Would totally work without.  Next time I am going to try adding some doTERRA peppermint essential oil for a mint chocolate treat!  Yum!

Serve straight from the fridge and impress your non-vegan friends!

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Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies

Love this recipe from FitSugar.com

Who doesn’t love a brownie? Nutritionist and registered dietitian Cynthia Sasshas created a recipe to healthify the treat: she adds spinach to the batter. Fear not! Your taste buds will have no idea these brownies are fortified with green stuff. Watch the video to learn just has she does it! (Click on the link for FitSugar to see the video)

Vegan Brownies With Spinach
Cynthia Sass
Ingredients
1/2 cup organic whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1 cup organic raw sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups raw spinach
1/4 cup dark semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In blender, whip the water, olive oil, vanilla, and spinach. Mix until smooth.
  4. Fold wet ingredients into the flour mixture until it forms a uniform batter. Add chocolate chips.
  5. Spread evenly in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake for 15–20 minutes in preheated oven or until the top is no longer shiny. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting.
  6. Serve with in-season fruit puree if desired.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional information per serving: calories 350, fiber 3 g, protein 4 g.