I love being invited to dinner and having an excuse to make a dessert. I really enjoy baking and this keeps me from consuming an entire batch of decadence which is never a good idea!
I did some googling and came across this delicious looking recipe by Dana of Minimalist Baker. As I’m not vegan, I decided to use regular ingredients and altered the recipe slightly. Luckily my experimenting paid off as everyone was seriously in raptures about these brownies. Decadent, rich and oh so good.
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A quick note:
I don’t have a food processor and so I used a blender instead. This does work but requires more effort! So in the recipe below, I’ve kept the food processor instructions as specified in the original recipe.
- 100g raw walnuts (keep a few aside to add as a topping)
- 100g raw almonds
- 2 1/2 cups dates (if dry, soak in warm water for 10min, then drain)
- 3/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- handful of cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 80g dark chocolate
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Extra cacao nibs, walnuts, coarse sea salt, matcha tea
- - Blend walnuts & almonds in a food processor until finely ground ( I blended mine in a blender)
- - Add the cacao powder and sea salt and blend to combine. Set mixture aside.
- - Add the dates to a food processor and process until small bits remain. Set aside (I mashed the dates by hand)
- - Mix the nut & cacao mixture together with the dates until a sticky dough consistency is achieved. The mixture needs to hold together when squeezed in your hand. Assess how much date mixture to add. I didn't need to use it all.
- - Line a dish with wax paper, and press the brownie mixture into a firm base.
- - Sprinkle cacao nibs generously over the base and press down into the base (these add texture to the brownies)
- - Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill.
- - Add the milk and chocolate to a dish and place over a saucpan of boiling water, stir gently until the chocolate is melted (Use a heat proof dish!)
- - Add salt and coconut oil and whisk.
- - Set in fridge for 10 minutes to thicken slightly.
- - Spread topping over the base.
- - Add toppings and cut into squares.
- Add a few walnuts and cacao nibs for decoration.
- Sprinkle generously with Maldon sea salt, this contrasts perfectly against the sweetness.
- Add a dusting of Matcha tea for fun.
All photography: Lana Kenney ©