of the Raw Brownie
This morning I had a glorious breakfast. Don’t hate me.
What is this girl thinking? you ask, all bristly and indignant. I’m a grown-up and I don’t eat brownies for breakfast.
Oh, friend. We need to talk.
Come perch on the kitchen counter while I gather my new favorite ingredients and whiz them together into a dense, rich, bombastic chocolate superfood. Did I just call brownies a superfood? Why yes. Yes I did.
This brownie is raw, very nearly vegan, and meltingly delicious. Protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, complex sugars, fiber, antioxidants, essential minerals and vitamins — all present and waiting to party it up in your mouth.
RAW BROWNIE with COCONUT GLAZE
230 g (2 cups) walnuts
50 g (1 cup) raw cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
350 g (2 cups) pitted Medjool dates, as moist and fudgy as you can find them
70 g (1/2 cup) raw almonds or hazelnuts
Drizzle of honey (optional)
165 ml (¾ cup) coconut cream
150 g (¾ cup) dark chocolate, broken into pieces
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Grated coconut (optional)
Attack the walnuts with your kitchen power tool of choice (food processor is best) until they are finely ground. Add the cacao powder and salt and blitz until combined. Add the dates one at a time while pulsing the food processor. Drizzle a bit of honey in, if you’re not vegan. Chop the almonds/hazelnuts roughly and stir them into the brownie for a little crunch.
Pat this delectable mixture firmly into a cake tin that you’ve dusted with cacao powder.
Now, for the glaze. Heat the coconut cream gently in a saucepan. Once it’s warm, take it off the stove and swirl in the dark chocolate and the coconut oil. Pour this glossy gloop over the brownie, sprinkle with coconut, and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Cover the tin tightly in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour before pulling it out to wow your tastebuds (and maybe your friends, if they’re being extra-nice). Keep it in the refrigerator in between nibblings.
Are you having a happy week so far? It’s unseasonably warm and balmy here — I’m off to drape myself over a park bench and soak up some photons. Over and out, friends!