Fudgey raw vegan brownies, perfect for when you want an indulgent but healthier treat. You can make it with only 5 ingredients too!
Whether it's Summer or you're craving a quick chocolate fix, there's always an occassion for vegan brownies! These no bake brownies are ready in no time.
5 ingredient vegan brownies
I carefully selected 5 common yet easily replacable ingredients to make these vegan brownies. You'll need:
- Pecans, walnuts OR almonds (I prefer either the first two)
- Dried dates OR medjool dates
- Raw cacao powder OR cocoa powder
- Maple syrup OR any other liquid sweetener
I tried all nuts and seeds for these brownies and prefer pecans or walnuts. These nuts are more commonly found in brownies compared to almonds or other nuts/seeds. Also, the slight bitterness and earthiness of pecans and walnuts complements the sweetness of the dates.
If you use dried dates, simply soak them in water for 2 hours before you use them. I often use dried dates because they are more AFFORDABLE than medjool dates! When combined with all the other ingredients, you can't tell the difference.
To take your vegan brownies to the next level, you can also add a pinch of salt, a little espresso powder (to bring out the chocolate flavour) or whatever your heart desires!
How to make the chocolate avocado frosting
To minimise washing dishes, I'd highly recommend making the frosting first! That way, you're one step closer to enjoying these vegan brownies with a cup of tea :).
Simply put all the frosting ingredients in a food processor and blend. After 1 minute or so, you'll have a super smooth and creamy frosting!
I won't judge if you skip the whole brownie step and eat the avocado mousse by itself (it's THAT good).... I speak from experience. OR scoop the frosting into a bowl and set aside. You don't have to make sure your processor is fully clean - we're using it again!
How to make the no bake brownies
To make the raw vegan brownie, simply add all the ingredients to your food processor and pulse until combined. This will take 1-5 minutes depending on how strong your food processor is!
Process the mixture for less time for a CHUNKY brownie.
Process the mixture for more time for a SMOOTHER brownie.
Assembling the raw vegan brownies
Scoop the mixture into a lined cake or loaf tin then flatten the top with a spoon or spatula. Next, spread the avocado frosting on top as desired.
You can probably cut and enjoy the brownies at this stage but they might be a little messy.
I'd recommend CHILLING the brownie in the fridge for at least 1 hour. This will firm up the mixture and make it easier to cut!
Check out my other easy vegan chocolate recipes
- 6 ingredient protein brownies
- Raw Vegan Lamington Bliss Balls
- Cherry Ripe Cups
- Vegan Triple Chocolate Cookies
- Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie with Berries
Raw Vegan Brownies with Avocado Frosting
Chocolate Avocado frosting
- Line a loaf tin with baking paper. I used a 12x22 cm or 5x9 inch tin but any small tin will work.
- Add all the frosting ingredients to a food processor. Process until smooth and there are no lumps of avocado. Scoop out into a bowl and set aside. You can leave the food processor dirty at this stage.
- Drain the dates if you soaked them. Add the drained dates and the rest of the ingredients to the food processor. Process for 1 minute or until combined. Process for a shorter time if you'd like chunky brownies and for a longer time if you'd like smoother fudgier brownies.*
- Scoop the brownie mixture into the lined loaf tin. Flatten the surface with the back of a spoon. Spread the avocado frosting on top.
- Chill the brownies in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Cut the brownies and serve as desired! Store the brownies in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
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