Happy Memorial Day! Or, happy last half hour of Memorial Day here in Chicago. My holiday plans included a BBQ with my burlesque crew for which I made these delicious babies:
To say these raw brownies were a hit would be an understatement. They were over half gone just moments after they hit the buffet table.
Ingredients [adapted slightly from Food Loves Writing]
for brownie layer 1 1/2 c walnuts, pre-soaked 6-8 hours [soaking is optional, but best] 1 1/2 c medjool dates, pitted 1/2 c cocoa powder
for frosting 1 avocado 1/4 c cashews 6-8 tbsp agave [*edited from the original raw honey to make vegan] 1/2 c cocoa powder 3 tbsp vanilla extract a hefty dash of cinnamon a tiny pinch of salt
Place all brownie ingredients into food processor & blend until consistency is even or only slightly crumbly. In a square brownie pan [a smaller pan for thicker brownies], press brownie mixture into bottom evenly. Place all frosting ingredients into food processor or blender & process until smooth. Spread frosting evenly over brownie layer & place pan in freezer for at least 30 minutes. Remove, cut into pieces, & enjoy.