You won’t believe these are raw when you sink your teeth into one!
Recently I taught a workshop at the Treasury Hotel in Brisbane, and for one of my customers who is Paleo, and for me the vegan, the chef made a raw brownie for our coffee breaks. So, so good!
It was my first raw brownie, and I couldn’t believe how lovely it was. The chef kindly shared the recipe with us, so I share it here with you.
Equal parts of:
Cocoa powder (technically not raw, unless you use cacao rather than cocoa, or perhaps carob)
… And vanilla bean seeds
What I actually did was use 100g of everything, except I found that 50g rather than 100g of cocoa was plenty with this. I used the seeds from one whole vanilla pod. There’s nothing quite so lovely as vanilla pods!
Ground up and mix together, adding some water if needed. I found that I needed a couple of teaspoons of water to bind it all.
I used my Bamix to grind almonds into meal. Then added everything to my food processor to mix it all together. It took about 2 minutes of processing, with one scraping down along the way.
Then I pressed it firmly into a parchment-lined brownie tin.
The chef at the Treasury Hotel also sprinkled some luridly green pistachio pieces and walnut pieces on top and they fully looked the part. Some of the non-special-dietary-requirement people at my workshop were a little jealous, I think! I just sieved some cocoa powder on top of mine.
Seriously delicious. Nothing like those overly-sweet and just-too-raw tasting date balls and the like. These are almost cakey.
After some online research, I did find a few variations I might try one day:
- Adding roughly chopped walnuts to the mix, after processing.
- Adding dried cherries, or using dried cherries instead of dates
- Adding a pinch of salt
- Icing them with chocolate ganache or a light chocolate cream frosting