Raw Vegan Superfood Brownie Bites

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I’m afraid I have developed an unhealthy obsession with a healthy dessert. Meet my new love: raw vegan superfood brownies.

Mine are a hybrid between two recipes. The bottom layer was taken from Oh She Glows Two-Layer Raw Chocolate Brownies. The top layer was taken from the Jenny Ross Raw Basics cookbook; it is the chocolate “frosting” for Jenny’s raw cupcakes. Put the two together, and I swear they taste better than any cooked brownie I have ever tasted in my life. It is hard to believe that these brownies are made with such nutritious ingredients!

Here’s how to make them:

RAW VEGAN SUPERFOOD BROWNIE BITES
*makes 32 1-inch bite-sized squares (half of an 8×8-inch pan)
**double this recipe if you want to completely fill an 8×8-inch pan

Brownie Ingredients:
1 cup raw walnut pieces
1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
1 1/2 cups pitted Medjool dates
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
heaping 2 Tbsp raw cacao nibs (I omitted these)
heaping 1/4 cup raw walnut pieces (I omitted these in the mix, but I did sprinkle a couple of handfuls of raw walnut pieces on top of my brownies before freezing)

Frosting Ingredients:
1 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup raw coconut butter
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1 tsp cinnamon (I omitted this)

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, one piece going each way to make it easy to lift out the brownies later on. (I used an 8×8-inch silicone pan, so I was able to just pop them right out after freezing, without using any parchment paper).
  2. In a food processor, process the walnuts into a fine crumb. (I used my Vitamix).
  3. Add the hemp seeds and pitted dates and process until finely chopped and sticky. It should look like a Larabar in texture and appearance.
  4. Add the cacao powder, vanilla, and pink Himalayan salt and process until thoroughly combined.
  5. If using, stir or pulse in the cacao nibs and chopped walnuts until just combined.
  6. Evenly press the mixture into a prepared square pan. You can roll it out with a pastry roller until smooth. (Mine was way too sticky to use a pastry roller, so I just mashed it down with my fingers… and then happily licked them clean).
  7. In a separate bowl, combine the frosting ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  8. Carefully spread the frosting on top of the base layer, then sprinkle some raw walnut pieces on top, if desired, and gently press them into the frosting with your hands.
  9. Carefully transfer the pan into the freezer on a flat, even surface. Chill for 20+ minutes, or until the brownies are firm enough to slice.
  10. Remove from freezer and transfer onto a large cutting board, then cut into desired shape and size. I chose to make mine 1-inch square, the perfect bite-sized piece, but in a way, that’s kind of silly, since I cannot imagine myself actually eating just one at a time. 😉
  11. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer. These might also store well in the fridge; but I like to eat them straight out of the freezer.

Enjoy!

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About Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy is a passionate animal and environmental advocate with a B.S. in Business Administration from UT Knoxville and a J.D. specializing in Animal and Environmental Law. She graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the internationally acclaimed Animal Law Review and interned with the National Center for Animal Law and the International Environmental Law Project. Kim is a member of MENSA (the “high IQ society”) and previously worked for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Campaigns, and Director of Legal Affairs. Kim is also the former Executive Director of the One World One Ocean Foundation and the proud mother of a healthy, thriving son who has been vegan since conception. Currently serving as Executive Director of Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife and wild lands in Eastern Africa, Kim remains deeply committed to the defense of animals worldwide.
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2 Responses to Raw Vegan Superfood Brownie Bites

  1. Mike & Gloria McCoy says:

    What a luscious dessert. Please make these for us in October!

    Sent from Mike & Gloria’s iPad.

  2. Kayse says:

    Yum, these look great!

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