Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Unbaked Brownies for Two – My New Obsession

These are just so freaking delicious. I've pretty much stayed away from the "raw" desserts mainly because they seem so complicated and heavy on nuts and dates. But when I saw this recipe for unbaked brownies I just had to try it. And then I had to make it three times in rapid succession to vary the ingredients and be sure that it really was so tasty. And it is! This sum of this brownie is so much more than its parts. I rarely use walnuts or dates in my baking and cooking. But when you process walnuts, medjool dates, and cocoa – WOW! And you don't even have to cook it. Talk about instant gratification. I cut the original recipe down to two servings. Here is a five-minute video and recipe link if you'd like to watch Julie Morris make a full batch of these scrumptious, chocolate brownies.

1/4 cup raw walnut pieces
1/4 cup medjool dates, pits removed, chopped
2 TB cacao powder
pinch sea salt
1 tsp raw cacao nibs (optional)

Get out your mini-food processor. Place walnuts in processor bowl and grind to form a coarse flour. While machine is running, add pitted dates, cacao powder and salt, processing until a moist, crumb-like dough has formed. I like to taste a pinch and if it's not quite sweet enough add a little squirt of agave syrup.

Spoon into a small container of some sort; I used a small silicone bowl. Sprinkle with cacao nibs, and press firmly into a solid brownie layer. Turn out onto plate, cut in half and serve. For a special treat you could drizzle some raspberry sauce over the top.


  1. That looks great! I love the dome shape! I really like raw desserts, they're usually pretty easy for me to make, healthier too and still pretty darn tasty! :-)

    1. It's so great not having the bake or dehydrate. Talk about instant gratification!