I had never heard of a "raw" diet until only recently. To get a better understanding of what exactly a raw food diet is, I've found some websites that sum it all up pretty well!
Alternative Medicine: Raw Food Diet
WebMD: Raw Food Diet
Raw Food Health Watch
As most of you also know I've been somewhat curious about the vegan diet, so I began following some vegan blogs to get some recipe ideas. Turns out, Dreena's Vegan Recipes posted a recipe for raw brownies!
Dreena's Frosted B-raw-nies
For the brownies:
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1 3/4 cups (packed) pitted medjool dates
- 1/4 cup dried organic pitted cherries
- 1/3 cup cacao (raw cocoa powder) or regular cocoa powder
- 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
- 1/2 cup coconut butter (Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna)
- 1/4 cup raw agave nectar
- 2 tbsp cacao (raw cocoa powder) or regular cocoa powder
- pinch sea salt
- In a food processor, first add the almonds and cashews and process until very fine (the almonds are the hardest, and need to be worked until crumbly).
- Then add walnuts, dates and cherries and pulse/process until mixture is quite crumbly, but not yet coming together. *Note: If the dates are on the dry side, add 1-2 tbsp water.
- Add the cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla and almond extracts and pulse through. Process until the mixture starts to come together but do not overmix so that the nuts release their oils. *Note: Heat generated by the food processor will bring the oils out of the nuts if overmixed.
- Remove the mixture and press into a brownie pan (8” x 8”) lined with parchment paper. Use a small piece of the parchment to help press and flatten the mixture evenly into the pan.
- For the frosting, in a mini-food processor, first combine the coconut butter and agave nectar until smooth. Then add the cocoa powder and salt, and pulse through again until just combined. Do not overprocess or the frosting will begin to separate with the heat of the churning and become oily. (If you don’t have a mini-processor, you can follow the same steps stirring by hand in a bowl).
- Smooth frosting over the brownies, and refrigerate for an hour or more until set. Cut into squares and serve! These brownies are freezer-friendly!