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Healthy Vegan Fudge Brownies

Cooking Method ,
Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 20 min Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
    Raw Brownie Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup toasted walnuts (unsalted)
  • 2 1/2 cups dates
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • Whipped Ganache Ingredients
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons dried rose buds (optional)
    1. Line an 8″x8″ pan with parchment paper on all sides. Set aside.
    2. In a food processor, puree walnuts until the texture resemble wet sand. Add in dates and puree to a paste. The texture should be very smooth. You might have to stop the food processor, mix with a spatula, and process again in order to get every last nook and cranny.
    3. Add in cocoa powder, almond flour, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and espresso powder (if using). Pulse until everything is well combined. The mixture will be thick.
    4. Transfer brownies to a prepared baking pan. Press evenly into the pan. If you want to get the brownie surface perfectly smooth, place a sheet of parchment paper over everything and then use a flat measuring cup to press hard onto the surface of the brownies. This should make them flat!
    5. Place in fridge to cool for at least 1 hour. Once cooled, make your ganache.
    6. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the coconut cream until scalding (right below a simmer). Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then stir with a whisk. The ganache should be fully melted at this point. If it isn’t, place it back on the stove for 30 seconds.
    7. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and allow the mixture to cool for 15 minutes until it’s at about room temperature.
    8. Use a hand mixer to whip the ganache for 5 minutes, until it’s a shade lighter in color and so the ganache gets thicker. Remove brownies from the fridge and frost with whipped ganache. Optionally decorate with dried rosebuds!

If your dates feel a bit dry, soak them in boiling water for 15 minutes. If they feel soft to the touch, disregard this!