Here’s the thing, if you are going vegan and/or attempting a raw food diet, your opportunities for sinfully rich desserts may be limited. So often, I hear people saying they yearn to sink their teeth into traditional brownies or blondies when choosing a vegan or raw dessert. Yet, how do you get the wonderful texture of a baked good without baking or creating a typical dessert recipe? Well, with these Vegan Dark Chocolate Peppermint Brownies…that’s how!
While they look completely delectable, hold their shape like the classic brownie and feature the dense textures and flavors of them, they are raw and vegan. Not only that, they are also packed with nutrients that make them a dual-function treat, offering lots of energy and yet also feeling a bit naughty.
Let’s roll with the feelgood benefits of these Vegan Dark Chocolate Peppermint Brownies. It all begins with the raw cacao powder, and not enough praise can ever be heaped upon this remarkable superfood. Consider that it is so high in calcium that it beats out cow’s milk, that it boosts mood just like chocolate, and is packed with magnesium. It provides a huge amount of iron and is one of the most antioxidant food sources around. Of course, the benefits don’t end there and the recipe also features Medjool dates, almond butter, coconut oil, and walnuts.
Let’s consider those dates. Yes, they are remarkably sweet, but they are also fiber dense, packed with nutrients, offer an amazing natural source of copper and potassium, and will keep you feeling full for hours afterward. The almond butter is no slouch either and is high in fiber (again keeping you full, longer) as well as being higher in protein than many meat sources.
Coconut oil is always worthy of praise as it provides a good source of HDL, and the walnuts also rate favorable for their neuroprotective compounds providing brain health. Yes, you read that here – brownies that improve brain power! All good reasons to make a batch today.
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Vegan Dark Chocolate Peppermint "Brownies"
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 cup chopped Medjool dates
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts optional
- 2-3 drops pure peppermint extract
- Dash of sea salt
- Soak dates in warm water so they soften.
- Blend all ingredients together in food processor.
- Spoon mixture into an 8x8 baking pan lined with cling wrap (or any other baking dish of choice).
- Place in fridge for 1-2 hours to allow mixture to settle.
- Top with crushed peppermint (optional) and enjoy cold.