I love these brownies for several reasons.
- Raw brownies are such a sweet and healthy treat. They are loaded with all natural ingredients like healthy fats and natural sugars.
- You can customize them to your taste preferences. You can try different types of nuts or a mixture of different nuts, or try adding additional ingredients like seeds, other dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc.
- You can change the texture of these brownies with the nuts. If you blend less, you will have more whole pieces of nuts. You can even add some of the nuts in with the dates so they get blended less.
- You can make these into large bars to fuel you through a workout or your morning if you eat them for breakfast, you can make smaller squares to enjoy as a light dessert, or you can make them into bite-sized pieces or balls for just a taste (which is perfect for larger gatherings).
- You can also use the raw brownies as the cookie for homemade ice cream sandwiches.
I based this recipe off of many others I had seen around the internet and have used this specific recipe to make my brownies the last few times.
- 2 cups nuts*
- 1 cup dates (about 10)
- 1/4 cup carob powder (or cocoa powder)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- In a food processor, blend the nuts making sure not to blend too much or they will turn into butter.
- Add carob powder and salt and pulse to combine.
- Add dates and blend until everything is incorporated.
- Line a 8×8 baking pan with wax paper.
- Place mixture into pan and press with hands to flatten the mixture evenly along the bottom of the pan. (For thicker bars, use a smaller pan or only press the mixture to cover 3/4 of the 8×8 pan).
- Put in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes.
- Cut into bars and enjoy!
* You can use any mixture of nuts. So far I have tried all walnuts, all pecans, and a mixture of pecans and almonds. They all came out tasting delicious, but I think usually walnuts are the number one nut to use in raw brownies.
I cut these into smaller squares to serve at a potluck!