Ridiculously delicious, easy-to-make, and healthy raw brownies.
Place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add the cacao, hemp seeds, and salt and pulse a few more times to combine.
Add the dates and process until sticky mixture forms. The brownie mixture should easily stick together when you press it with your fingers. If it's not sticky enough and the mixture doesn't hold together, add more dates.
Stir in the chopped walnuts (optional).
Press the mixture into an 8" x 8" (20 cm x 20 cm) dish lined with parchment paper. If the brownie mixture sticks to your hands, wet your hands. Once evenly pressed, place the brownies in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes.
Remove the brownies from the freezer and cover them with the chocolate. If you have a lot of chocolate, put the brownies back into the freezer for the chocolate to firm up a little bit. Then take the brownies out again and pour on the rest of the chocolate to create a thicker layer. Place the brownies back in the freezer for about 15 minutes before cutting.
To cut the brownies, run hot water over a knife for a few seconds and slowly slide the knife into the brownies. Serve immediately.
Store leftover brownies covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
For longer term storage, freeze in an airtight container for 1-2 months.
*2 cups nuts ~ 3 cups nut flour.
This recipe has been adapted from Oh She Glows.