Sunday, November 13, 2011

Simple Raw Vegan Chocolate Frosted Brownie ... for Two

Simple Raw Vegan Chocolate Frosted Brownie ... for Two
serves 2 ~ $1.65 per serving


90% of Americans have at least some chocolate nearly every day, and it’s usually thought of as a guilty pleasure rather than a healthy indulgence. However, there are health benefits to be had from chocolate, especially when the unhealthy ingredients are left out.

Did you know?

Chocolate has more antioxidants than blueberries, green tea, and red wine, and nearly eight times the antioxidants found in strawberries.

Dark chocolate has been shown to lower high blood pressure and LDL cholesterol.

Cacao contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay.

Consuming chocolate triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s endogenous opiates and the feel good chemicals responsible for the “runner’s high.”

By weight, cocoa powder has more protein than eggs.
This is a great way to get some antioxidants and share a yummy dessert with a friend!

ingredients

brownie
  • 1/2 cup cashews ($1.00)
  • 1/2 cup raisins ($.75)
  • 4 tablespoons cacao powder ($.80)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla ($.05)
  • pinch salt


frosting
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil ($.10)
  • 1 tablespoon agave ($.20)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder ($.40)
shredded coconut for topping


directions

  • In a food processor fitted with an "S" blade, process the cashews until finely ground and powdery (but not oily).

  • Add the raisins, cacao powder, vanilla, and salt, and process again until the mixture starts sticking together. 

  • Press the brownie mixture firmly into the mold of your choice. I used a rectangular miniature tart pan with a removable bottom. Release onto a plate.
  • For the frosting, stir together the coconut oil, agave, and cacao powder until smooth. 

  • Spread on brownie and top with coconut flakes. 

  • Find a special friend to share it with!
nutritional information

calories: 429     fat: 25 gr      carb: 55 gr     protein: 10 gr 


"There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate." 
~ Linda Grayson, "The Pickwick Papers"

15 comments:

  1. yum yum yum!! I need to make some raw desserty thing today

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  2. That looks sinful, wish I had everything to make it :(

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  3. Ooh - sounds great. I haven't been a raw foodist for awhile, but I still love to eat raw sometimes.

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  4. My raw brownie recipe is the most popular on my blog, but I still will definitely be trying this one soon! Love the use of less-pricey raisins, a frosting with coconut oil, and a quantity that won't see me eat enough for 16 people in two nights ;)

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  5. I love it! I made it and reviewed it over on my blog. Thanks for another fab recipe. You're probably my most trusted source for raw recipes.

    :)

    http://www.rawlawyer.com/2011/11/recipe-review-simple-raw-vegan.html

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  6. Oh, this sounds delicious! I hadn't thought of making a frosting with those ingredients before. Need to get more cashews so I can make this soon! :)

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  7. I brought a pan of raw brownies over to my friends house a couple of months ago and they disappeared immediately! I have to agree with Hannah on this one! I love the pretty picture!

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  8. This is fantastic! I'm not a raw foodie or a vegan but this is just plain good!!

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  9. This looks so good! I can't wait to try this! Do you soak the cashews or raisins before blending them? Thx =)

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  11. I just landed upon this site after searching for 'going vegan'. I tried the brownie and it was delicious! So natural tasting! I will be sure to keep making new vegan recipes! Thank you so much for this site!

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  12. It's 12:30am and I'm up recipe testing. I just made this as a leave me along while I work snack for my guy. OMMMMMMMGGGGGGG! You really have to love chocolate as much as he does because....it tastes just like a real baked chocolate brownie. The icing is so silky and buttery. It is toooo much for one person so definitely a shared dessert. I didn't use coconut flakes on top. I used whole cashews as garnish. I served a couple if strawberries and silk almond milk on the side. I wish I could load a picture. It turned out great.

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    1. Yum!! Glad you and your guy liked it!

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  13. My boyfriend is asking me to ask you what is navel gaze ?

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    1. :)

      navel-gazing

      noun

      self-indulgent or excessive contemplation of oneself or a single issue, at the expense of a wider view.

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