Decadent Raw Plant-Based Brownies (with Thick Frosting!) : #217 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

If you’re looking for a brownie that’s incredibly satisfying and chocolatey, has no wheat or dairy, and doesn’t require baking, look no further! These fudgy morsels can be thrown together in 15 minutes and will be devoured in about the same amount of time if you don’t hide some of them for later! Thanks to Dana and John for inspiration.

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($12 for one 8×8″ pan)

Brownie base:
8 oz package dates, soaked then mashed – $4.99
1 cup raw walnuts, ground up in blender – $2.00
1 cup raw almonds, ground up in blender – $2.00
3/4 cup cocoa – $0.83
1/4 tsp salt – $0.01
1/4 cup maple syrup – $0.95

Frosting:
1/4 cup soy milk – $0.09
1 cup chocolate chips – $1.00

Directions

1. In a small bowl, soak the dates in the hottest tap water you can muster. After about 10 minutes, they should be nice and soft and you can drain them and mash them up with a fork.

In a larger bowl, mix together the ground up walnuts and almonds, cocoa, and salt. Then add the mashed up dates and maple syrup. Get in there with your hands and squish it all up together until it comes together into a ball of deliciousness. It’s very messy and fun. Press it evenly into a parchment-lined 8×8″ baking dish. Brownie base done!

2. To make the frosting, pour the soy milk into a microwaveable bowl and put it in the microwave on high for about 45 seconds. Add in the chocolate chips, let them sit in the warm milk for 2 minutes to soften, then stir them in until it’s a rich, smooth, glossy, thick frosting.

3. Pour the frosting over the brownies and spread it out evenly. That’s it!

Cut into the brownies and try some warm and gooey, then cover the rest and put them in the fridge. They will firm up nicely in about an hour, and are just as good the next day too.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings: 3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness:ย 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 2 = healthy=ish
  • TOTAL: 17/18

If any of you amazing home chefs tried it, or have other recipes you’d like us to experiment with, please let me know. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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