Ultimate Double Chocolate Iced Raw Brownies

by Peachy Palate on May 22, 2014

Double chocolate two layer fudgy brownies with a hint of crunch through the base. Sugar free, grain free…incredibly indulgent…the ultimate brownie all categories combined!!!

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Raw brownies were such a revelation the first time I made them! I thought I’d cracked it with that first batch…it must have been nearly two years ago!??!

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I’ve since remade a few of my favourites, namely those caramel slices, and figured the raw brownie deserved a bit of make over. A wee bit more care, love and attention.

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I make so many different recipes each week, with quite a few, in fact the majority the t get eaten and enjoyed but don’t ever make it to the blog. There just aren’t enough hours in the day and some just have to take precedence.

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I wanted a base that wasn’t too soft but by no means dry…smooth with a little bit of texture running through it. On it’s own they’re good…with the icing they’re positively wonderful! Wonderful actually might be an understatement!?

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Dare I say they’re my favourite “treat” I’ve made this year! That’s officially 5 months in, with almond butter cups and superfood nut butter cups under my belt. These raw brownies now take the prized top spot.

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They have it all! A super duper chocolate fix, crunchy, creamy, chewy, with finger licking melt-ability especially on warmer days! Think chocolate fudge with a rich chocolate icing on top…

And they’re sugar free!!! I’ve been trying to cut back on added sugar whenever possible so these make the PERFECT evening snack…or anytime of the day treat. Whole food indulgence, good fats, natural date sugar, grain free, packed with body loving goodness, with enough energy to fuel a workout, recharge the batteries immediately after or give yourself a top of the morning or mid afternoon boost.

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Rarely do I hold on to almost an entire round of one recipe just for my hungry self. Two thirds devoured by yours truly, one remains…and I’m holding on tight!!! Tonight might be it’s last night!

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!!! What’s your favourite indulgent yet healthy treat?

Double Chocolate Raw Brownies

by Michelle Hunt

Prep Time: 1 hour

Keywords: blender raw dessert snack gluten-free grain free paleo soy-free sugar-free vegan almonds coconut milk dates walnuts


Ingredients (12 -16 brownies)


    • 2 1/4 cup (405g) pitted Medjool dates
    • 1 cup (120g) raw cacao powder
    • 1 cup (120g) whole raw almonds
    • 1 cup (120g) whole raw walnuts
    • 1/3 cup (40g) roughly chopped walnuts (for mixing through)
    • 1/4 cup (30g) raw cacao nibs (for mixing through)
    •  Topping
    • 3/4 cup (90g) raw cacao powder
    • 1/2 cup (90g) Medjool dates
    • 2/3 cup (160ml) full fat coconut milk
    • 1/4 cup (55g) coconut oil, melted
    • 1/4 cup warm water


    For the base

    Place nuts in to your food processor with the exception of the walnuts for stirring through. Blitz to a coarse meal. Remove and set aside.

    Add dates to food processor and blend the dates to a paste.

    Add back in ground nuts with cacao powder and dates. Blend to form a brownie pebble like consistency that holds together when pressed between your fingers.

    Add in cacao nibs and walnuts and pulse three times to combine.

    Press mixture evenly in to a lined 8 inch square tray. It needs to be a few inches deep. Use a pastry roller to smooth the surface.

    Place in the fridge whilst you make icing.

    For the Icing

    Blend dates to a paste.

    Add in coconut milk and cacao powder and blend to combine. Add in warm water and blend until smooth. Finally add in melted coconut oil. Process until smooth and glossy.

    From start to finish the icing should only take 5 – 10 minutes depending on your food processor!

    Pour icing over the brownie base. Return to the fridge to firm up for 3 hours or overnight.

    Remove from the tray. Slice in to desired number of brownies. Store in a seal tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to one month.

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    { 26 comments… read them below or add one }

    Lauren May 22, 2014 at 11:31 am

    These are something like I made recently after I had them on a raw food course. Incredible combination! These look fantastic :) The soft top looks melt in your mouth delicious!


    Peachy Palate May 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Yep it’s all about that topping!


    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries May 23, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Oh my goodness, YUM! These look so chocolatey and decadent – my kinda brownie! 😉


    Peachy Palate May 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    They’re a must make!


    Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) May 23, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Yum, haven’t made raw brownies for ages!


    Peachy Palate May 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    You have to make em!


    Linda May 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Wow! these look incredible!! I’ve never had a raw brownie and am going to have to make and try these. I could eat them off the page they look so good. Thank you for sharing the recipe :)


    Peachy Palate May 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Oh definitely do!!! Let me know if you like them! I can’t imagine you won’t!


    Azu May 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    These brownies looks delicious, and they are super healthy. A must try!


    Amrita May 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    You are officially my new favourite person. I mean, look…just look at those brownies!


    Peachy Palate May 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Awh thank you!!! You just made me smile so hard I laughed out loud! Beautiful comment after a long work day!


    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate May 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    How decadently amazing do these look?! Yuuuumy!


    Peachy Palate May 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    They are 100% awesome..I kid you not!


    dina May 23, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    they look great!


    Peachy Palate May 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Definitely make them, you’ll love em!


    Shauna May 24, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Ohhhh…..ohhh my! These look divine! I will definitely be making these soon!….Yep, this recipe has just been ‘Pinned’. 😉



    Peachy Palate May 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    What did we ever do with out “pinterest” ! :)


    Mitch May 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    2 & 1/2 Cups of Medjool Dates contains about 209 grams of sugar. Natural or not, it’s not exactly “sugar-free”…


    Peachy Palate May 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    There is no additional sugar outside of the whole foods (dates) that contain sugar as part of their original natural make up…can’t get any better. If you have a substitute let me know :)


    Nichole June 10, 2014 at 3:43 am

    I just feel sad when I see people still insisting that the natural sugars found in REAL food “are the same” as the white poison that people store in their pantries. Gorgeous photos!! I can’t wait for an excuse to make these. =)


    Peachy Palate June 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I know I hear ya!!! Each to their own I guess! :) Thanks Nichole!


    Kingsley Young August 5, 2014 at 10:25 am

    May I know whether I omit the cacao nibs? What happens if I do? Is there a substitute for that?


    Peachy Palate August 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    You can leave them out, they just add a bit of crunch! :)


    Pritti October 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I made these for my sisters birthday and they were amaaaaaaazing. I left out the nibs and they were just gooey and delectable! It was my first attempt at raw desserts and I am inspired to continue. Thank you for a great recipe, I’m just off to get my dates and almonds for my next fix :)


    Naomi October 6, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Very rarely do I find a recipe that I don’t feel compelled to tweak. This is one. Amazingly delicious! Thank you for sharing.


    Peachy Palate October 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Awh thanks! Delighted you like em!


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