It really doesn’t get more dense, fudge-like and flavour-packed than these raw vegan brownies. Made from just 5 simple ingredients and coming together in 15 minutes max, these healthy brownies are the perfect thing to satisfy your sweet tooth whenever it starts kicking off. Keep it purely raw and ditch the melted dark chocolate topping or make it and enjoy the blissful contrast of textures.
If you’ve never had a raw brownie before, you might be a little shocked at their texture. They’re made primarily of a combo of nuts and dates ground down into a thick, dense almost paste-like dough. This means their texture is a lot closer to fudge than normal brownies.
So if you’re a die-hard fan of cake-like brownies, I suggest you skip these raw vegan brownies. Do yourself a favour and make these low calorie brownies from scratch instead. But if you love indulgent fudge-like brownies that are so rich and thick just a tiny portion is enough, these brownies are for you.
I had my very first raw brownie from Bali Buda in Ubud, Bali. And no matter how much I wanted to love it, I just couldn’t. It really did taste like ground up nuts and dates, which is what every raw brownie I’ve ever tried since has tasted like, too. A tad disappointing to say the least.
Which is why I was so keen to turn it around with these raw vegan brownies. I think it’s the addition of smooth, velvety melted dark chocolate on top of the brownie that makes the difference. It takes the healthy dessert to a whole new level for minimum time, fuss and calories.
I feel like I need to ‘fess up a bit here. As it stands, these raw brownies aren’t entirely….ahem…raw. They don’t go anywhere near an oven. But see that glossy chocolate topping? You get that by popping a little dark chocolate into the microwave and heating until it melts.
If you follow a strict vegan diet, you can skip the simple chocolate frosting. Or, you can go one step further and make raw chocolate ganache frosting. I haven’t tried the recipe myself, but looking at the comments, this stuff is gooooood! And it falls within the raw diet guidelines.
These raw vegan brownies are a great example that just because something is “raw”, “vegan” or “healthy” doesn’t make it low-calorie. If you make these brownies according to the recipe (i.e. with the melted chocolate and walnut topping) each one comes in at 280 calories for a relatively small portion.
That’s definitely not what I’d call low-calorie. Especially when you compare it to these super-easy one-bowl healthy pumpkin brownies which come in at 85 calories each for a much larger portion. If you’re looking for a low-calorie sweet treat, try those instead.
But if you’re after a nutritionally-dense, wonderfully rich brownie, this recipe ticks all the boxes. Every single ingredient in these raw vegan brownies is loaded with vitamins, minerals, nutrients and health benefits. So you really are being good to yourself with every bite.
Raw Vegan Brownies
- 30g walnuts plus 2 whole walnuts for topping
- 10g almonds
- 4 pitted dates (if dried, soak in water for 10 minutes before using)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (can sub cacao powder if you truly want your brownies to be 100% raw)
- 2 squares dark chocolate (omit if you truly want your brownies to be 100% raw)
- Place the walnuts (except the 2 for topping), almonds, dates and cocoa powder into the bowl of a food processor. Process on high speed for 2-3 minutes, until the ingredients have been broken down and have formed a dough-like consistency. You’ll probably need to scrape down the inside of the bowl with a spatula a couple of times to make sure everything is well combined.
- Remove the brownie batter from the food processor, divide it in half and form into 2 brownies. Set to one side.
- In a small microwave-safe dish, heat the chocolate in the microwave for 30-40 seconds, until it’s completely melted.
- Spoon the melted chocolate on top of the brownies and top each one with a walnut.