Raw Black Forest Brownies

Raw Black Forest Brownies are a decadent chocolate cherry dessert that are gluten free, paleo and raw vegan. They are naturally sweetened with dates and cherries which creates a smooth and rich brownie filled with crunchy almonds and chewy cherries for added texture. Raw Black Forest Brownies only contain 6 ingredients and they are really easy to make.

Raw Black Forest Brownies by @JesseLWellness #vegan

Cherries

Cherries are a delicious fruit that contain flavonoid and carotenoid phytonutrients that have very strong anti-inflammatory properties. They contain concentrated amounts of polyphenol which is a group of nutrients that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer health benefits. A diet high in polyphenol has been proven to reduce the risk of heart diseases, degenerative diseases of the nervous system, and several types of cancer. Cherries actually help cure migraines and relieve the pain from arthritis and gout. The antioxidants found in cherries help prevent and repair the damage done by free radicals, keeping you looking young.

Raw Black Forest Brownies by @JesseLWellness #GlutenFree

Start making the Raw Black Forest Brownies by soaking 1 cup of cherries in water for an hour, this helps soften them so they are easier to process into a smooth batter. After the cherries are soaked, place walnuts in a food processor and process into you have a grainy flour texture. I like to use walnuts as the base for this recipe because they really complement the chocolate and cherry flavor of the Raw Black Forest Brownies. Now add raw cacao and salt to the food processor and process until smooth. While the food processor is running, slowly add the soaked cherries and dates. When the batter is smooth, fold in the cherries and chopped almonds for added texture. Press the batter into lined 8×8 brownie pan and transfer into the freezer for 2 hours to set the Raw Black Forest Brownies. Once the Raw Black Forest Brownies have set, remove them from the pan and cut into 9 or 12 brownies. You can store them in the freezer or in the fridge if you are serving them the same day.

Raw Black Forest Brownies by @JesseLWellness #SugarFree

Raw Black Forest Brownies

(gluten free, paleo, raw vegan)

Soaking time: 1 hour

Prep time: 10 minutes

Chill time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of dried cherries
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dates (roughly 4)
  • 1/2 almonds, chopped

Directions

  1. Soak 1 cup of cherries in water for an hour.
  2. Place 2 cups of walnuts in a food processor and process into a granular flour.
  3. Add 1 cup of cacao powder and 1/4 tsp of salt to the food processor and process until smooth.
  4. While the food processor is running, slowly add 1 cup of soaked cherries and 1/2 cup of dates and process until smooth.
  5. Fold in 1/2 cup of cherries and 1/2 cup of raw chopped almonds.
  6. Press the brownie batter into lined 8×8 brownie pan and freeze for 2 hours to set the Raw Black Forest Brownies.
  7. Remove the Raw Black Forest Brownies from the freezer and cut into 8-12 brownies and serve.
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Raw Black Forest Brownies by @JesseLWellness #raw

 

Raw Black Forest Brownies (gluten free, paleo, raw vegan)
 
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Raw Black Forest Brownies are a decadent chocolate cherry dessert that are gluten free, paleo and raw vegan. They are naturally sweetened with dates and cherries which creates a smooth and rich brownie filled with crunchy almonds and chewy cherries for added texture.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups of dried cherries
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup dates (roughly 4)
  • ½ almonds, chopped
Directions
  1. Soak 1 cup of cherries in water for an hour.
  2. Place 2 cups of walnuts in a food processor and process into a granular flour.
  3. Add 1 cup of cacao powder and ¼ tsp of salt to the food processor and process until smooth.
  4. While the food processor is running, slowly add 1 cup of soaked cherries and ½ cup of dates and process until smooth.
  5. Fold in ½ cup of cherries and ½ cup of raw chopped almonds.
  6. Press the brownie batter into lined 8x8 brownie pan and freeze for 2 hours to set the Raw Black Forest Brownies.
  7. Remove the Raw Black Forest Brownies from the freezer and cut into 8-12 brownies and serve.

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5 Responses to “Raw Black Forest Brownies”

  1. Virginia G May 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Looks delicious!

  2. john May 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Look Amazing!

  3. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat May 15, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    Jesse,

    I can’t not WAIT to make these brownies! I adore cherries and chocolate and can only imagine how delicious these will be. Thanks so much for sharing them at Raw Foods Thursdays!

    Heather

  4. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat May 15, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    Jesse, I’m highlighting these at Raw Foods Thursday tomorrow. Thanks again for sharing them. I look forward to enjoying more of your submissions!

  5. Sophia May 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    These look amazing!

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