These Gluten-Free Vegan Walnut and Oat Brownies are pretty hard to pass up. It’s another chocolate, gluten-free and vegan treat I can enjoy without any guilt and will easily satisfy a brownie craving…especially when they are covered with the raw cacao topping. Even though the rest of my family doesn’t necessarily need to eat gluten-free, I don’t like making desserts for them using white flour, even though I buy organic, unbleached white flour. I like that I can make them brownies that are healthy and that doesn’t use any flour at all.

Walnut and Oat Brownies [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Ingredients

For the Brownies
  • 1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder
  • 4 tablespoons organic coconut oil (melted/liquid)
  • 3/4 cups organic quick rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 4 Large organic medjool dates (diced)
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut crystals (or granular sweetener of your choice)
  • 3 tablespoons organic ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (aluminum-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax seeds, plus 4 tablespoons water)
  • 1/3 cup organic walnuts (chopped)
For the Frosting
  • 1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder
  • 4 tablespoons organic coconut oil (soft/semi-melted)
  • 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup coconut nectar, etc
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Preparation

Prepare the Flax Eggs
  1. Prepare the flax eggs by mixing 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds + 4 tablespoons purified water and whisk until well combined.
  2. Let the mixture thicken while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Optional: Process the oatmeal and dates. Put the dates (pits removed) and oatmeal in a food processor and process with 20 - 25 long pulses just enough to dice up the dates and break the oats into smaller pieces. Don't over process because the oats will turn into oat flour.  If the dates are not in small enough pieces, remove them from the food processor and dice them into smaller pieces.
Prepare the Cacao Mixture
  1. Add the cacao powder, melted coconut oil and vanilla extract in a small bowl and stir until well combined. Set aside.
Prepare the Dry Mixture
  1. Add the diced dates, oats, coconut crystals (or other granulated sweetener), 3 tbs ground flax seeds, almond flour, baking powder, pink himalayan salt, walnuts into a medium size bowl and stir together.
Combine all Ingredients
  1. Mix the dry mixture, the cacao mixture and the flax eggs together and stir until well combined.
  2. Put the mixture into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish and use your hands to pat it down flat because the mixture will be thick.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 - 25 minutes, or until cooked completely.
Prepare the Chocolate Frosting
  1. Add all the ingredients for the frosting in a small bowl and stir until well combined.
  2. Let the brownie cool completely before adding the frosting.
  3. Keep the brownies in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Enjoy!
 
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