Absolutely delcious, fudgy and comforting vegan chocolate orange brownies that require no cooking and are chock full of healthy ingredients.
I have an appetite the size of an ox at the moment, which I put down to the fact that I am spending so much time breastfeeding my little guy (He’s 8 weeks now, 11lb 6oz and growing new rolls daily!) so I am finding having lots of easy snacks on hand essential for keeping my energy up. My husband and kids seem to love them too, so they are getting made lots in our house at the moment.
These no bake brownie -style bites are super easy to throw together, and to keep on hand for when you want a quick, sweet snack that won’t leave you feeling crappy after. They feel really indulgent and are really filling and satisfying too.
They are full of goodness from the dates and nuts, and have a beautiful chocolate orange flavour, that easily rivals the Terry’s chocolate oranges I used to choff down in my pre-vegan days!
This brownie recipe is almost raw as it requires no cooking, but not fully as you do heat the cornflour mix for a few minutes to thicken before stirring into the nuts and dates.
This is such a versatile method for making brownies that I have been trying out loads of flavour combos like chocolate mint, mocha and salted caramel (my husband said I should start taking orders!).
Let me know if you try these!
Raw Chocolate Orange Brownies
- 1 cup of pitted dates
- 2 cups mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, brazils etc)
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut (optional)
- Zest of one large orange
- Juice of 1 large orange
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 5 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- A pinch of salt
- Add the nuts and cacao powder to the processor and process until they resemble crumbs, you can leave them as fine or as chunky as you like.
- Add the dates and coconut (if using) and continue to process until the mixture represents slightly moist crumbs.
- Add all other ingredients to a small saucepan, mix and bring to the boil. Let bubble for a second then remove from the heat.
- Mix the paste into the crumbs and stir well to combine. Press into a lined (with cling film) baking dish and pop in the fridge for a few hours to set.