Food Makes Fun Fuel Raw Vegan Brownies

My eats today weren’t of any note…I had a really bad stomach bug for most of the day and ate mostly oatmeal, toast with almond butter, and water-based fruit like watermelon and oranges.  It hasn’t gone away totally yet but it didn’t stop me from attending a very fun cookout at my best friend’s boyfriend’s house.  I enjoyed 2 vegan Boca Burgers along with a delicious vegan strawberry salad my best friend made, as well as a few chips with salsa.  Also the cookout gave me a chance to flex my vegan muscles and make a recipe I’ve been eyeing for a while.

I made some changes to the original recipe, which can be found here.  For my changes, see below!

Food Makes Fun Fuel’s Raw Vegan Brownies (Girl Vs Food Version)
Makes 10 thin-ish brownies
1/2 cup whole raw hazelnuts, skin on (or skin off, doesn’t matter)
1/4 cup ground flax meal
3/4 cup pitted dates (I used Dole Pitted Dates, which adds up to 19 dates, but regular Medjool dates I think would import a richer flavor)
1/4 cup dried cherries
3tbsp agave nectar such as Madhava
6 tbsps cocoa powder such as Hershey

In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts until a coarse meal.  Stop before it begins to go buttery! Add the flax, cherries, dates, and agave and process until it forms a ball of dough (it’ll take a few minutes, be patient).  Add the cocoa powder and process again until totally mixed.  Spread onto an 8×8 dish (it’ll be incredibly thick).

Frosting
FMFF’s recipe calls for avocado, and I did purchase an avocado today at the market, however it’s incredibly underripe and not suitable at all for frosting yet.  So I ended up using a medium-sized banana. Mush the banana until smooth in a bowl, then add 2 tbsps cocoa powder and 1 tbsp agave nectar, and stir until fully combined.  Spread over brownies, and refrigerate until set and ready to serve.

Nutritionals: 147 cals, 4.3g fat, 0.2g saturated fat, 25.85g carbohydrates, 2.48g protein

Serve plain, or on top of vegan frozen yogurt with strawberries, like we did!

These were so fudgy, rich and delicious.  Like a chocolate Larabar, but fresher.  They definitely had an energy-bar taste to them, as my best friend’s boyfriend remarked, but that didn’t stop him or our mutual guy friend from eating a few pieces.  I enjoyed 1.5 pieces, plus I picked at the pan.  I ended up having to throw the rest away since I knew I’d dig into it and eat the whole thing (thankfully there wasn’t a lot left!).  The banana frosting was absolutely delicious, but I can’t wait to try it with avocado.  Perhaps I’ll also try the avocado cupcakes I saw one time over on Oh She Glows?

I just realized I ate vegan this entire day without even really trying to.  It felt great! I felt energized and not weighed down at all.  I don’t think I can ever give up my yogurt or my eggs, or my servings of meat occasionally, but I think if I stick to a mostly vegan diet, I feel a lot better.  Even my mom thought the idea of these vegan brownies sounded great, until I mentioned they were made with avocado frosting.  Next time, I’ll make it for her and won’t tell her there’s any avocado in it.  I’m sneaky…

This week I WILL make Mama Pea’s vegan chocolate brownies! (these are cooked, I promise!)

ally


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