In the Kitchen – Raw Brownie Bites

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It’s no surprise by now that I love sweet food. I will gladly take dessert over a regular meal any time, in fact I do usually, but of couuuuurrrsssse in lieu of my whole eating better movement I decided I’d try my hand at my own recipe for raw brownies. My husband kinda made a funny face when I explained the mission I had set for myself, but you guys, he freakin loved them, and so did everyone else! I did too, I ate most of them so I can attest to their yumminess and wholeness.
This recipe is insanely easy and requires only a handful of ingredients. It does require at least 2-3hr refrigeration so keep in mind if you’re making these in advance.
Here it goes, my “first” recipe:

Nadine’s RAW Brownie Bites

You’ll need for the base:
1 cup of raw cashews
1 cup of raw almonds
1 cup of Medjool dates pitted
1/3 cup of raw cacao powder OR cocoa powder I used cocoa each time
1 ripe avocado
1/4 cup of raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
1/4 cup of honey, agave syrup or maple syrup. I used Maple syrup to keep it vegan.
2 tsp vanilla
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of salt
And finally about 2/3 cup or 1 cup of almond butter. You can make this raw by pulsing almonds in a vitamix or high powered blender till it becomes like a butter. OR you can use pre packaged almond butter, either way is fine!

For the chocolate coating:
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of cacao powder or cocoa powder
1/4 maple syrup

Get your food processor, vitamix, blender, whatever it is ya got to make some serious awesomeness!
First, blend together the cashews, almonds, dates and 1/3 cup cocoa powder till it kind of looks like soil. Not really cohesive but packable. Put this aside.

Now blend together the avocado, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder,1/4 maple syrup (or honey/agave) salt, vanilla, and cinnamon.
It’ll look like chocolate frosting. Try not to eat it all, seriously.

Add together the soil looking mixture, the chocolate frosting mixture and the almond butter (make sure to make almonds into almond butter before if you’re going the raw route to make about 2/3 to 1 cup of it). Pulse all this together till you get a moist, mold-able mixture. You should be able to scoop out some of the mixture and roll it into balls.

Place these balls onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper. I ended up making about 20 bite size balls, but you can make them as large or as small as you want. Place the pan in the freezer while you prepare the chocolate coating. Try not to eat them right away, cause at this point, I won’t lie, they are insanely gooooooood!!

In a saucepan, bring your 1/2 cup of coconut oil to a simmer. As it heats up add in the 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Whisk and remove from heat. While it’s still warm, take your balls out of the freezer and using a fork dip them one by one into the sauce. Try and coat them all over and place back onto the parchment paper. Once finished, you can drizzle the remaining chocolate sauce all over the coated brownie bites, I’m all about more is more when it comes to chocolate. Place in the freezer immediately and let cool 2-3 hrs.

After you’ve forced yourself to wait,(which by the way you can eat them straight outta the blender if that’s how you roll), take a bite! I just popped a whole one in my mouth and let myself melt into a puddle of absolute happiness. The coating definitely adds that extra punch of rich chocolate I like, but you can totally skip that part if you want to get straight to business. Keep these babies in the freezer I think they taste best that way. They will kinda soften up at room temp which is a yummy and gooey option.
They’ll keep for about 3-5 days in the freezer. I hope you guys enjoy this recipe, and let me know your thoughts. This was a new invention for me.
XO
MN

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