Hazelnut Chocolate Mini’s (Vegan/ GF/ Raw)

Ever had raw brownies before? Like.. this one?

They’re pretty amazing, aren’t they?
Well, I didn’t think it’d be possible, but I found something better: Raw brownie sandwiches, filled with healthy raw chocolate frosting.

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How could frosting possibly be healthy, you ask? It’s all thanks to one secret ingredient… avocado.

Now, before you go all “EWWWWW GROSS!” on me. Give this recipe a go. Avocado, packed with healthy monounsaturated fat, gives it a rich and silky mousse texture; the cocoa powder gives it a.. well.. chocolatey taste, which is enhanced by the hint of sea salt; and the peanut butter just seals the deal on covering up any avocado-ey aftertaste.

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Now are you excited for the recipe?

You should be.

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Raw Hazelnut Chocolate Mini’s

For the brownies:
2 C Hazelnuts (Plus extra for garnish)
1 C Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 C Cocoa powder
1/4 C Agave or maple syrup

1. In a food processor (or VitaMix), process hazelnuts until it becomes flour-like.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and process to mix everything until a thick sticky dough forms. Take it out and mix a bit by hand if necessary. Flatten and roll into around 3/4 inch thickness.
3. Cut into around 30 squares of the same size with a sharp knife. Set aside.

For the frosting:

1 Avocado
1/4 C Maple or agave syrup
1/2 C Cocoa powder
3 Tbsp Peanut butter
Pinch of salt

1. Put everything in a blender and blend until very smooth.
2. Taste and add more syrup if desired.

To assemble:

This is pretty self explanatory. Put around 1 tbsp frosting on a square and top with another square. Make it triple-decker if you want. Garish with halved hazelnuts.

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2 comments

  1. kelitakellman · June 26, 2013

    yes they look pretty amazing!

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