Sometimes a recipe can surprise you. You may think you’ve tasted every possible combination of dates, nuts and cacao (believe me, I’ve done the legwork and yes, they all taste fairly similar), and then one day a simple unassuming little recipe comes along and blows that assumption right out of the water. As it was with this one. I’m not sure whether it’s the vanilla powder, the pinch of salt or the shredded coconut I’ve added to the recipe that make these raw walnut brownies taste unique, but unique they are, and completely delicious.
Simple to make and fast to devour, these brownies are healthy, nutritious and delicious. You can feel absolutely guilt-free about eating them because each ingredient is nourishing your body with the vitamins and mineral it needs. Savour the fact that you’re taking just minutes to make something from scratch that is likely better for you than most products you can buy.
A word about vanilla: vanilla powder (ground raw beans) is a fantastic ingredient. It gives an amazing flavour as well as lots of nutrients because it’s unprocessed and pure, and unlike vanilla essence isn’t blended with alcohol. That said, it’s also incredibly expensive right now due to sourcing issues, so while it’s a lovely ingredient to include, it isn’t necessary. Feel free to use vanilla essence instead, or skip it completely. The brownies will still taste delicious. Promise.
Raw Walnut Brownies (vegan & gluten-free)
- 1½ cups walnuts
- 7-8 small dates
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1½ tbsp coconut oil
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ tsp vanilla powder or essence
- If you have a food processor, place all ingredients into it and blend until a sticky dough forms.
- If not, add the walnuts to a blender and process until they form a flour. Blend the dates the same way until they are broken into small pieces. Add the walnut flour, date pieces and all other ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix together with your hands until a dough forms.
- Scoop the dough into square or rectangular plastic tupperware (about 10-15cm wide), press it down flat with your fingers and score into small squares or rectangles with a flat knife.
- Leave in the freezer for 1-2 hrs to set (if you can wait that long!), pry the square brownies out of the container using the flat knife, and eat.
- Store any leftovers in the freezer.
- If you can't eat walnuts, feel free to try using pecans instead in this recipe. They're similarly soft and have a really great taste!