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healthy Red velvet brownies
Image by Cameron Whitman / Stocksy
July 26, 2014

Who doesn't love chocolate? And who said awesome chocolate treats couldn't be part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle?

This brownie is a real treat, but is the healthy, vegan gluten-free and refined sugar-free version of the traditional brownie we all know.

This version is easy to prepare if you've got a good high-speed blander at home, and it's a great option when you've got guests. I’ve made this recipe several times for my loved ones and in my cooking workshops, and it's always a success!

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Easy Raw Vegan Walnut Chocolate Brownie

Makes about 6 brownies

Ingredients

For the brownies

  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup dates (pitted)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
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For the frosting

  • 1 ripe small avocado
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. of your favorite liquid sweetener (I used agave nectar but you could also use maple syrup or raw honey)
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt

Method

For the brownie

  1. Process everything in your food processor until well combined.
  2. Spread and press the mixture evenly in a square or rectangle dish, then place in the fridge to set while you prepare the frosting.
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For the frosting

  1. Blend all ingredients in your high speed blender (or food processor) until well combined. You should obtain a nice creamy chocolate paste.
  2. Spread the mixture on top of your base and put everything back in the fridge for about a couple of hours.
  3. Serve as it is or sprinkle a few extra nuts or dried berries on top for decoration.
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