This is from ohsheglows.com which contains some great vegan recipes. Things have come a long way from my vegan days where I really struggled with what to eat. Now I pretty much eat anything except for processed sugar, fructose and pork. I've also cut out a lot of natural sweeteners like agave (90% fructose) & honey so rice syrup & stevia are my new best friends. I made some substitutes as the recipe is quite flexible so play around with what you have in the cupboard.
- 1 cup raw pecan or walnut pieces
- 1/2 cup linseed seeds
- 1 1/2 cups pitted Medjool dates (approx. 275g)
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder or dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or fine grain sea salt
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
- Dark chocolate for melting - I used Cavalier Dark Chocolate Buttons sweetened with Stevia but if you aren't eliminating fructose from your diet then any type of 70% dark chocolate will work
- Line an 8-inch square pan with baking paper
- In a food processor, process the pecans (or nuts of choice) into a fine crumb.
- Add the seeds and the pitted dates and process until finely
- Add the cacao powder, vanilla, and salt and process until thoroughly combined.
- Stir or pulse in the nibs until just combined.
- Evenly press the mixture into prepared square pan until smooth. Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
- For the chocolate topping: place buttons in a heat proof dish that will fit snugly over a pot. Bring pot of water (fill about 2cm as you don't want the water touching the bowl) to barely simmering & place bowl of buttons over the top and melt stirring with a dry wooden spoon
- Remove the brownies from the freezer and pour on the chocolate topping. Spread out evenly. Transfer the pan to the freezer on a flat, even surface. Chill for 20 + minutes or until the topping is firm enough to slice & enjoy!
- Run hot water over a knife for a minute or so, wipe quickly with towel, and carefully slide the knife into the brownies to slice (warming up the knife helps it slice more evenly without much cracking).
- Store leftovers in the freezer for a chocolate treat anytime.
- You’ll want to use soft, fresh Medjool dates for this recipe to make it easier on the processor. If your dates are firm, try soaking them in water for 30-60 minutes (and then draining well) before use.