Vegan Brownies with Almond Cacao Icing (non raw)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole grain flour
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 10 drops vanilla essence
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups milk (or milk alternative)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce or pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup pecans or roasted walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup goji berries (soaked in warm water to soften for 10 minutes)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut

 

Ingredients for Almond Cacao Icing

  • 1 cup milk (or milk substitute)
  • 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 3 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp coconut nectar
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot powder mixed with 2 Tbsp water

Methods:

  1. Preheat oven to 325º F and grease an 11 x13 3L pan with coconut oil.
  2. Sift dry ingredients.
  3. Blend wet ingredients.
  4. Combine dry and wet ingredients and stir to mix well. Add nuts and goji berries.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool before icing – garnish Brownies with fresh strawberries and chocolate shavings**Optional Variations**** substitute up to 1 cup of Milk with coffee substitute **
    ** substitute pepitas for walnuts and add 1Tsp chili powder….Viva El Mexico!!!

 

Almond Cacao Icing

  1. Combine milk, cacao powder, almond butter and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add arrowroot/water mixture and gently boil until thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and add coconut nectar.

Picture from theyummyvegan.blogspot.com