Oh my gosh! These raw vegan brownies are my new favorite dessert. They are ridiculously delicious, really easy to make, and healthy. Doesn’t matter how many times I’ve made them, I’m always amazed how wonderful these raw brownies are.
I’m not kidding when I say that these raw vegan brownies will change your life. Seriously. After making this rich, chewy, fudgy chocolate goodness topped with a thick chocolate layer, you’ll never even think about baking brownies again. Why would you?
Making vegan, gluten-free desserts (without using any pre-made gluten-free flour mixes loaded with starch) hasn’t been all that successful for me. No structure from eggs and no structure from gluten is a challenge. But raw desserts are a completely different story. They’re so easy to whip up with just a few ingredients, and always taste amazing.
The best thing about these raw brownies is that they are also healthy! Instead of an atom bomb of empty calories, you have a handful of nuts and dried fruit in your belly.
Actually there is one more “best thing”. Raw desserts have been a hit at every party I ever brought them to. It’s so rewarding to watch the faces of my friends when they first bite into a raw dessert. Nobody ever believes me when I tell them that the desserts are vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and raw. These raw vegan brownies are no exception.
Since this is a raw recipe with only a few ingredients, finding the highest-quality ingredients is of utmost importance. This is especially true when it comes to dates. Hear me out when I say that Medjool dates are where it’s at. I’m a total snob when it comes to dates.
There are many varieties of dates harvested worldwide, but the Medjool dates are one of the two of the most commercially produced varieties in the North America. The other most commonly produced are the Deglet Nour dates. Both Medjool dates and Deglet Nour dates work in this recipe, but Medjool dates are far superior. They are sweeter, tender, have a deeper caramel-like flavor, and melt in your mouth. They actually taste like a candy, but in an unprocessed sort of way.
Yes, I know that nuts, seeds, and dates can all be pretty price-y. So if you want to make this recipe more cost-friendly, make only half the batch. The brownies will still taste delicious.