|raw vegan brownies|
I love my treats, especially when it comes to chocolate. One thing that I discovered ever since going raw is how much more I enjoy my chocolaty treats. Maybe because I know they are not processed and loaded with sugar. Maybe it's the enjoyment I get from creating a recipe from scratch or inspired by one. Or perhaps it's because they are healthy and some beneficial.
|gluten-free and dairy-free!|
Like my Raw Figgy Hemp Brownies. These delicious chewy brownies will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt. While they do contain nuts, which are actually good for you and when eaten in moderation you can still maintain your weight, these yummilicous treats have some healthy ingredients.
Hemp is one of the powerhouse ingredients I include in this brownie version. Now don't call the police, this hemp does not come from the same plant used to make the magical brownies. Hemp hearts are the seeds from the fibrous plant used to make a wide variety of products. And no, you can't smoke it or get high off of it. Sorry.
Hemp seeds are a raw vegan's best friend. Such as they are loaded with digestible protein, fiber, all of the essential amino acids and have a balance ratio of omega 3 to 6 fats, just to name a few. They are tasty little seeds that make a yummy milk in a flash, perfect sprinkled on salads and, well I'm getting off track here. Onto the brownies.
|these did not last long after the photo shoot|
Just to note that I use raw ingredients as much as possible, but if they are not available or convenient to you, then by all means be creative and substitute as you wish.
Raw Figgy Hemp Brownies
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pecans
1 cup medjool dates (seeds removed)
1/2 cup honey dates (seeds removed)
(or use all medjool)
4 dried figs trimmed of stem, cut in half and soaked for at least 30 minutes
5 Tbs raw cacao
4 Tbs raw hemp seed
4 Tbs raw shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1 tsp organic vanilla
2 1/2 Tbs raw agave
optional raw cacao nibs - about 2 Tbs
In a food processor:
- add the nuts and process until they are small crumbles
- add the dates and figs (not the fig water) to the crumbles and process until small bits
- add the remaining ingredients and process until well combined
Your choice on container, but here's what I do...
fully over wrap a small glass brownie dish with plastic wrap, scoop brownie mixture into the dish, fold over plastic wrap and press down firmly with your hand. I also use a spatula to flatten with.
These chocolaty chewy brownies can be served immediately or cover and store in the fridge until they are discovered. I would hide them :)