Raw Frosted Chocolate Cherry Brownies
The best raw brownie, full of complex & sweet dates, nuts, cocoa, and sweet-tart dried cherries, topped with a rich frosting. Throw away your other recipes!
Servings 12 pieces
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons pitted Medjool dates*
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons pitted Deglet Noor dates*
- 1 cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
- 1 cup whole raw almonds
- 1 cup whole raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup walnuts , chopped, optional (for mixing in)
- 3/4 cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup Medjool dates
- 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil , liquid form
- 1/4 cup warm water
Combine almonds and walnuts (except that extra 1/4 cup for mixing through) in food processor or Vitamix and process until fine. Remove from the bowl and set aside. Add dates to food processor/Vitamix and blend to a paste.
Return ground nuts, along with cacao/cocoa powder, and blend until the mixture forms a pebble-like consistency that clumps together when you press it between your fingers. Pour mixture into a bowl and stir in dried cherries and optional walnuts.
Press your brownie mixture into a parchment-lined 8" square baking dish with a bit of parchment overhang. If you desire, use a pastry roller to smooth the surface. Place in the fridge while you make your frosting.
Blend the dates to a paste, then add in coconut milk and cacao/cocoa powder. Blend to combine. Add in warm water and blend again until smooth. Lastly, add in your melted coconut oil and process until smooth, glossy, and all-around lovely.
Pour frosting over your brownie base and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight. Remove from tray by lifting the parchment overhand and slice into the desired number of brownie squares using a sharp knife occasionally dipped in water. Store in air-tight container for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for 4-6 weeks.
*You can use 2 1/2 cups pitted Medjool dates, but I didn't want to waste about $12 of dates on just one recipe, so I did half-and-half!
Adapted from Peachy Palate.
Serving: 12g | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 553mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 188IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3mg | Net Carbs: 29g