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No-Bake Brownies [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Somewhere between a brownie and a fudgy square, this fantastic dessert is made from just fruits, nuts, and superfoods. Better still, five ingredients + five minutes is all it takes to go from zero to brownie. There's a very good reason why these are one of the most popular recipes from my book! Watch how easy it is to whip these up via the No Bake Brownies video. This recipe is from the Superfood Cuisine: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods.

No-Bake Brownies [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Serves

24 bite-size brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soft Medjool dates (about 10-11), pits removed
  • 1 cup raw walnut pieces
  • 1⁄2 cup cacao powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon, or up to 1⁄2 cup cacao nibs (use quantity to taste)

Preparation

  1. Place walnuts in a food processor and grind for a couple seconds to form a coarse flour.
  2. While machine is running, add pitted dates, cacao powder and salt, processing until a moist, crumb- like dough has formed.
  3. Depending on the natural moisture of the dates, you may need to add a touch of water – a teaspoon at a time – to get the crumbs to “stick” when pinched together.
  4. Spread the crumbs into an 8×8 inch pan, sprinkle with cacao nibs, and press firmly into a solid brownie layer.
  5. Cut into bite-size squares.

Notes

Variation: Replace or add to the cacao nibs with hemp seeds, goji berries, or other superfoods.

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Katie Higgins writes the vegan blog, Chocolate-Covered Katie, where she creates recipes with three things in mind: Healthy. Vegan. Delicious. Katie refuses to believe that a person must sacrifice yummy food in order to be a healthy vegan. We can have our vegan cake (preferably chocolate) and eat it too! On her blog, Katie aims to show that being a vegan is not restrictive; it’s FUN!


 

 

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2 comments on “No-Bake Brownies [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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Bloggoneit
5 Years Ago

I became a vegan 3 weeks ago today and am desperately missing some treats so it looks like I'll be making your brownies today. Where do I find cacao nibs?


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Gary
07 Feb 2014

You can get the cacao nibs at Whole Foods. I just made these today and they are soooooo goooood and so easy to make! Thanks for sharing, Julie! :-)



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