No Bake Brownies

I love brownies. LOVE them. This recipe was born out of a “need” for a bite of that comforting chocolaty goodness, and no energy to actually go to the effort of making them. I mean, really, when you are having a flare, and you actually feel up to eating, who wouldn’t want to indulge in a rich, decadent brownie, especially one that just happens to be raw, and healthy?! No, I don’t condone emotional eating…. Most of the time….  Flares are a special kind of miserable, and if I want a brownie for moral support, then I’m gonna have a brownie! Hmm… As excuses go, that one was both legit and a little bit pathetic, but whatever, my taste buds are happy, and my belly is feeling ok right now, so I’m calling it good.
These are super quick and easy to throw together. There is absolutely no cooking involved and only one appliance used, so clean up is a snap. Trust me, if it took more than five minutes I wouldn’t have had to the energy to deal with it, so even a kitchen novice can totally rock these. Plus, I was a slave driver and had my seven year old help me, (do most of it) so you know these are easy peasy!

 

No Bake Brownies

2 c raw cashew pieces find here
3/4 c cacao or Dutch process cocoa
1 t salt
1 1/2 c pitted dates find here
1 T vanilla

Pulse cashews in a food processor or Vitamix until finely ground. Add the cacao, and salt. Pulse to incorporate. Add the dates and vanilla, and pulse until the dates until the mixture is crumbly, but sticks together well when pinched. If mixture is too dry you may add a few more dates or a spoonful of coconut oil. Once I added a tablespoon of  pure maple syrup with excellent results. Press into a 8-9 inch pan and refrigerate while you make the sauce.
*** If you can’t do nuts you could try replacing the cashews with sunflower seeds. If you do so, please comment so we know how they turned out! ***

Chocolate Sauce

1/3 c coconut oil softened
1/2 c honey or pure maple syrup
1/2 c cacao or cocoa
1/2 t salt
1 t vanilla

Whisk all ingredients together in food processor until combined. Sauce should be thick, but pourable. Spread over the brownies and return to the fridge for at least one hour before serving. I like to set the pan on the counter for five minutes before cutting, but its not necessary.

These are VERY rich, chocolaty little treats, while not being overly sweet. They would be perfect as a last minute desert for company.

 

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