Two-Layer Raw Chocolate Brownies

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 8, 2014

We’ve been having a total love affair with these raw brownies for the past couple weeks. A little nibble here, a little nibble there. I’m actually amazed that they’ve lasted this long, but just a small square is enough to satisfy my chocolate cravings. That’s how you know a chocolate dessert is the real deal. Plus, if the dancing in my belly is any indication, they are a big hit.

Lately, our evenings go something like this: We put on the hockey game (we’re avidly following both the Pens and Habs series which is basically another full time job) and I’m on my laptop doing some nursery planning as I scream at the TV. Eric is searching the freezer for these brownies. Nursery planning leads me to the uneasy discovery that I have zero home décor ability (not to mention decision making skills), but I still hold onto the hope that I can turn the room into the DIY nursery of my dreams. I curse those picture perfect rooms on Pinterest as I eat my brownie and watch hockey. Eric reassures me that the dresser we picked up at the second hand store is going to be transformed into something amazing for the baby’s room. I’ve always wanted to be a crafty goddess, so now I’m excited to start this project and see what I’m really made of.

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And O.M.G., these brownies. This raw brownie dough is made up with protein-packed hemp hearts, walnuts, Medjool dates, raw cacao powder (cocoa powder works too!), vanilla, and Himalayan sea salt. Just throw it into the food processor and voila. To add some crunch, I pulsed in some cacao nibs and chopped walnuts. The crunch is essential! The result is a chocolaty brownie-like dough all without the using the oven, flour, sugar, or butter.

But I didn’t stop with the brownie dough. Of course not. Go big or go home. I poured on homemade chocolate for a second layer. The chocolate hardens into a thick shell, giving these brownies a wonderful snappy texture – best enjoyed straight from the freezer. The contrast of the firm chocolate shell and the chewy brownie is just heaven!

This recipe is quite versatile though so have fun playing around with it. I imagine you could make several different variations on these just by changing the nuts/seeds, extracts, topping, etc.

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Two-Layer Raw Chocolate Brownies

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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Who knew fudgy, decadent brownies could be so packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, and antioxidants? Don’t let the healthy, wholesome ingredients fool you though; these no-bake brownies will blow your mind with their intense chocolatey flavour and satisfyingly dense, chewy texture. Recipe inspired by Sweet Talk Blog.

Yield
12 squares
Prep time
Cook time
0 Minutes
Chill time
30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the brownies:
  • 1 cup (100 g) walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup (70 g) hemp hearts
  • 1 1/2 cups (275 g) lightly packed pitted Medjool dates*
  • 1/2 cup (40 g) raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons (5 to 15 mL) water, or as needed
  • 1/3 cup (33 g) chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons (18 g) raw cacao nibs or chopped walnuts
For the homemade chocolate:
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) virgin coconut oil**
  • 1/2 cup (40 g) raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) pure maple syrup
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Sliced fresh strawberries, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan (or an 8-inch square pan for thinner brownies) with a piece of parchment paper, leaving some overhang to remove the brownies in one piece.
  2. Place 1 cup of walnuts into a food processor and process to a fine crumb. Be careful not to overprocess, as too much break-down will turn the walnuts into butter.
  3. To the food processor, add the hemp seeds and pitted dates and process until finely chopped and sticky.
  4. Add the cacao powder (or cocoa powder, if using), vanilla, and salt and process until thoroughly combined. The dough should be slightly sticky; if it’s not, add water one teaspoon at a time and process the mixture again. I often add 1 to 3 teaspoons of water to achieve the right consistency.
  5. Add the 1/3 cup walnuts and 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs (or additional chopped walnuts if using), and pulse the batter until just combined.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. If you have a pastry roller on hand, you can use it to roll the dough until smooth on top. Otherwise, simply press the dough down with your hands and ensure the edges are even. Place the pan in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Prepare the homemade chocolate: Melt the coconut oil over low heat in a medium pot. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the cacao powder (or cocoa powder, if using), syrup, salt, and vanilla until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  8. Remove the brownies from the freezer and pour on all of the chocolate topping. Carefully transfer the pan back to the freezer and let rest on a flat, even surface. Chill uncovered for at least 20 minutes, or until the topping is firm enough to slice. You might find the homemade chocolate will freeze a bit unevenly, but this is normal!
  9. To remove the brownies, run a knife under hot water for a minute or so and carefully slide it along the ends of your pan to loosen the slab. Using the excess parchment paper, lift the brownie slab out of the pan and place it onto a cutting board. Run the knife under hot water again and wipe off excess water. Pressing the knife down slowly, slice the brownies into squares. Top with strawberries, if using.
  10. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for several days, or tightly wrapped and frozen for 1 to 2 months. You can enjoy the brownies frozen, chilled from the fridge, or at room temp...your choice! I personally love them semi-frozen.

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Tips:

* You’ll want to use soft, fresh Medjool dates for this recipe to ensure your batter is sticky enough. If your dates are firm, try soaking them in water for 30 to 60 minutes—drain well and use as directed.

** Instead of the homemade chocolate topping, you can melt 3/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips in a small pot over the lowest heat, stirring until smooth.

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Jessica Rose May 8, 2014 at 7:45 am

OMG Brownies indeed…how do you stop at eating just one though??

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Anne @AVeganAdventure May 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

These look dangerous to have around — not that it will stop me from making them! They look like a little piece of chocolate heaven!

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Holly May 8, 2014 at 7:55 am

This looks so yummy!!
Love a good vegan brownie!
xo Holly xo

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Lindsay @ VeganYumminess May 8, 2014 at 8:03 am

Oh yuuuuuuuummm! I have given in to way too many pregnancy cravings lately, but that’s okay. This recipe is going on my to-make-asap list. :) Hope pregnancy is treating you well, Angela. Thanks for all the amazing recipes!

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Angela May 8, 2014 at 8:10 am

You are in the homestretch now! If a little indulgence gets you through it then so be it, hah. So excited for you. :)

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Katie @ 24 Carrot Life May 8, 2014 at 8:04 am

I don’t know how I still haven’t tried raw brownies, but these are definitely going to be my first attempt. The chocolate on top!! I have faith that you will be the DIY goddess you want to be and the nursery will look great!

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Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine May 8, 2014 at 8:06 am

Ohhhhh yummy! Can’t wait to try these!

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Brynn May 8, 2014 at 8:09 am

Nursery planning can be so stressful. I went to Pottery Barn Kids and they told me they offer in-home design! A consultant came over, measured the room, talked ideas, colors, layout, wants, needs and everything in between. By the end I had a Pinterest board and floor plan made for me. It was such a huge help and relief!

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Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health May 8, 2014 at 8:10 am

i cant wait to make these…so many goodness in this brownie

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } May 8, 2014 at 8:12 am

Finally – a recipe that doesn’t make me feel like a terrible person for eating raw brownie batter!

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David Jones October 10, 2015 at 6:09 am
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Couldn’t agree with you more!

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Chicago Jogger May 8, 2014 at 8:44 am

Yum, these looks amazing! I made a similar raw brownie this winter, but added in tart cherries.

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Sharon May 8, 2014 at 8:51 am

Whew! These look incredible… I’m having serious pregnancy cravings and I’m not even pregnant!! LoL! :)

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Leanne May 8, 2014 at 8:52 am

Um, YUM! I cannot wait to make these. I have also dropped MANY hints that what I want for Mother’s Day is the OSG cookbook. Here’s hoping he takes the hints and that he can find it in our town!

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AGS May 8, 2014 at 8:56 am

You will have a lovely nursery. I didn’t put one together for baby #1. . . he was in our room for quite a few months anyway. For baby #2, I finally organized, and though it’s not all matching it finally looks like a “kids” room. Not sure what we’ll do with baby #3 on the way. But I’ve shifted from nursery, to focusing on play room at this point. One you decide color scheme and main features, you can sift through pinterest pretty quickly. If you don’t have a houzz account already, I found that much more useful – pinterest is too much like a rabbit hole to me.

My point is that you can get by without a formal nursery. . . but I’m sure whatever you come up with will be fantastic. Good luck – but please keep coming up with yummy treats to share with us during the decision process. We all appreciate it!!

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Lisa May 8, 2014 at 8:59 am

Angela – these look so delicious! I love the chocolate shell you layer on top of the fudgy bottom of the brownie. Talk about a chocolate lover’s dream come true! :)

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Lauren May 8, 2014 at 9:27 am

Wow – these look incredible!! They look really similar to a brownie I had a few weeks ago from my favourite cafe – Wild Food Cafe (in London). Anyway this brownie was amazing and I have been craving one like it ever since so thank you for this recipe!! I will have to get making them soon!!

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Tiffany L May 8, 2014 at 9:29 am

Those brownies look so good, though I’m not a fan of hemp seeds (there’s a flavor I just can’t get past). What do you suggest to replace the hemp seeds? Also, I made a double batch of your other brownies last night (the brownies 2 ways recipe–I made the first recipe) for a work lunch…and I tasted them this AM and they are so so so so delicious and decadent.

Not sure if you’ve seen the blog Young House Love. They have 2 kids now and have done blog posts on both nurseries/bedrooms…they may be able to offer some helpful DIY ideas. Not to add to the obsession, but I’m sure whatever you do will be fantastic.

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Sara P May 11, 2014 at 11:35 am

Angela’s word should be the last one on this, of course, but I suspect you could swap in chia seeds, sunflower seeds, an almond/flaxseed combination, or walnuts, depending on what you like and what you’ve got in the house.

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Samantha May 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I was wondering the same thing about what to sub for hemp. What did you end up trying?

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Susan October 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Hello – I’m a little late in responding to this, but I just made the brownies and, so you know, you won’t taste the hemp seeds/hearts whatsoever!! I don’t care for their taste either, so you can trust me on this one! ;)

Thank you, Angela – it’s a really delicious recipe!!

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Ellice June 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

I was wondering about something to replace the hemp seeds for as well, did you come up with something?

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Katie May 5, 2015 at 5:24 pm
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I just made these and swapped the walnuts for pecans and hemp seeds for chia seeds, but only 1/4 cup of chia. They are absolutely delicious! :)

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Caitlin May 8, 2014 at 9:33 am

my belly would dance if i ate these, too. they look amazing, angela.

i think i’d be feeling the same exact way as you planning the nursery. i am such an indecisive person.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan May 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

This looks like it is amazing! Those 2 layers instead of one?! I’m in!

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Giovanna May 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

These brownies look amazing! I am making them for sure!
So happy to know that you are doing great with your pregnancy, good luck with the baby room!

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Meg May 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

These look amazing! I saw that my local Bulk Barn is now carrying bulk cacao nibs and I almost had the happiest panic attack of my life!! I think this is the first thing I’m going to make with them!

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Polly @ Tasty Food Project May 8, 2014 at 10:16 am

Wow, this looks heavenly! I can’t believe it’s raw and vegan!

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Karissa @ Vegan À La Mode May 8, 2014 at 10:19 am

These look incredible!! As soon as I finish off my batch of the gluten-free brownies from your cookbook I will be making these :)

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Emily @ It Comes Naturally Blog May 8, 2014 at 10:19 am

Mmm…Love the two layer thing you’ve got going on! Why go for one layer when you can have two?!

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Jill May 8, 2014 at 10:19 am

Yum! And your evenings sound great (Go HAWKS!)

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Trisha_K May 13, 2014 at 11:32 am

I agree – Go Blackhawks! And why are the games so late…? I can never stay up to watch a whole game. :(

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Marie May 8, 2014 at 10:29 am

could we use carob powder or melted carob chips for this? Or is the cacao a “healthier” (or less processed) choice? thanks!

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Baby June May 8, 2014 at 10:54 am

Those look stunning! Love how they’re raw, raw dessert recipes are always so easy and delicious, not to mention healthy enough for snacktime. :)

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Alyssa // Runway Chef May 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

I’ve been a little hesitant to try a healthy brownie recipe, but these have definitely convinced me….I mean 2 layers of chocolate?! Yes please!

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Tina Muir May 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

ooooh this looks wonderful! I move with my boyfriend soon and he hates chocolate things….so I need to get it out my system! These look relatively healthy for you too so I do not have to worry about it sabotaging my half marathon goals for a few weeks! Thanks Angela!

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Dani @ The Life Aromatic May 8, 2014 at 11:54 am

These look amazing!!! Adding them to a list of vegan goodies for a party this weekend…

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maria tadic May 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm

These look so great! I love that they’re raw and only a few ingredients! I wanna add in some raw almond butter to the topping!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm

They look like winners! My very first ever post that I blogged about over 5 years ago was Raw Vegan Chocolate Brownies made with dates, walnuts, cocoa, agave, vanilla…similar ingredient list. With raw desserts as you know, there’s so much flexibility. Just dump it in the food proc and see what happens :) Yours are perfect & pinned!

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Librarian Lavender May 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm

I love the taste of raw chocolate and these brownies are looking so good!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness May 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I love the lighting for this post’s photos. It’s kind of moody! Very cool. I don’t really like cacao nibs on their own, so sweetening them up with the dates is a great idea!

And my sister-in-law totally did the same thing with the nursery planning. I think it’s called “nesting.” There is so much cool stuff out there, I half wonder if I should transform my bedroom into a nursery!

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Katie May 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Hi Angela – any nut free brownie ingredient suggestions that would work well with this receipe?

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Amy May 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I made these immediately because I have really been wanting chocolate lately. I’ve never had a raw brownie before and these were absolutely wonderful and I enjoyed it tremendously! I followed the recipe exactly and I will definitely be making these again and again. Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe.

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kinsey May 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm

I am confused as to why the walnuts are listed twice. Is that a typo or supposed to be another ingredient for the 2nd walnut listing? These look great!

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Ashleyy May 9, 2014 at 7:20 am

The large amount is for the base, they essentially get processed into powder. Then the second bit is for texture and chunks in the brownie….is how I figure it anyway!

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Shelby May 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Heading into the kitchen to make these NOW.

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Laura May 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm

These look absolutely amazing! Love raw desserts-the more chocolatey the better!

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Mandy Dugas May 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Hey yay! Two layer raw brownies!! I just transitioned into a raw diet and I think I might make these asap! Thanks for the idea Ang! Go food blogger go!

Mandy @ MandysHealthyLife.com

PS – I’m loving your baby page! If you have time get your hands on a copy of Joel Robbins book Pregnancy, Childbirth & Children’s Diets. Best read a healthy woman could…read!!

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Stephanie @ Mr and Meatless May 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

These look delicious! I’m always looking for a satisfying healthy chocolate treat.

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Cara May 8, 2014 at 3:51 pm

OK, it just wouldn’t be fair if you were a crafty room-design goddess AND a kitchen goddess :-) Those brownies are SO what I need right now! I made a firm New Years resolution to kick refined sugar, and kept it religiously for four straight months–and then started to fall, a little here, a little there … these will help keep me happy as I get back on track :-)

And if planning a nursery is fun for you, go for it, but don’t feel like it’s a requirement. Our daughter sleeps in our room and plays in the living room, and the room that was supposed to be the nursery is really just a place to put stuff. (Which is a problem itself, but I digress … :-) )

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Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living May 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm

These look amazing! Brownies are my absolute favorite. What would you substitute for the walnuts?

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Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen May 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Oh my!!! I just LOVE your dessert posts and this one looks amazing Angela! I cannot wait to try this one next week :D

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Brittany May 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm

These look yummy and me and my pretty belly are sad we don’t have the ingredients on hand…maybe this weekend.
If you are looking to cultivate some DIY skills, the blog Young House Love is great. They have done 2 nurseries and they’ve redone dressers, painted etc, so they have great tutorials and it’s all real things they do to their own house so you get an accurate cost breakdown and time commitment.

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Lorna May 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm

These look totally amazing, I can’t wait to try them.
I’m going to try a variation without nuts for a nut free friend, I’ll go for seeds and do you think some dried fruit might work?

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Ok, I’m pretty sure I’d mow through an entire batch of these on my own if they were in my house! I love how you’ve mixed so many healthy and delicious things into the dough, and that they’re flourless too! As for the nursery, knowing the DIY prowess and creativity that you and Eric share, I’m sure it will look absolutely stunning when you’re done!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Loving this soooo much! And I especially like that hard shell on top! Yum!

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Ellen May 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm

“Store leftovers in the freezer”. Leftovers. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

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Danielle May 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Yum! These looks absolutely delicious. The topping looks so good too.. Now I need to make a batch!

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Mai-Lis @ A Sunshiny Day May 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

First, these look SO freaking good. Second, I’m sitting here on my laptop while watching hockey with the husband and nibbling on a leftover chocolate easter egg, so let’s just say I can relate. I wish I was nibbling on one of these though…

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Lousi May 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm

These look absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to try them. I would also have to agree with Ellen above….there is no such thing as “leftovers” with your recipes! At least, not in my house…

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Tara May 8, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Making these brownies now and watching the game!! GO HABS GO! :)

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Nadine May 8, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Hi Angela, the raw chocolate brownies look absolutely delicious! What could I use as a substitute for the hemp seeds? I live in Singapore and I haven’t seen hemp seeds in shops here sofar. Thanks so much & take care!

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Laurie May 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm

I can’t wait to try these!!!! Thank you for the inspiration!

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Ashley May 8, 2014 at 11:50 pm

This just looks too good to be true! But it is true and I can’t wait to make it! :) (It’s starting to get hot here in Reno, so I’m definitely not wanting to turn on the stove.)

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Denise May 9, 2014 at 12:02 am

Could you use a vitamix to create the mixture instead of a food processor?

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Gourmet Getaways May 9, 2014 at 3:06 am

You presented this so well with your photos! Well done! The brownies…the milk – superb!

Julie
Gourmet Getaways

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The Vegan Cookie Fairy May 9, 2014 at 3:37 am

Woooow! I am dying to have some of these! Thank you for sharing this crazy tasty recipe! I hope all’s well with you (and don’t stress about ‘perfect DIY’… the most important thing is that you like it :)

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Katie C May 9, 2014 at 6:32 am

Daft question… So, in practice, is there any difference between using cocoa powder and cacao powder? I know cocoa isn’t raw, but do they behave differently?
Cheers.

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Heather J May 10, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Slightly different flavours. Cocoa is a bit more bitter.

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Ashleyy May 9, 2014 at 7:23 am

Made these last night to bring into work today! One word: YUMMMMMM. I used cashews instead cause that’s what I had and I don’t love walnuts. So essentially it’s like a chocolate version of the cookie dough Lara bar recipie which is my total fave. Sooooo yummy!!

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Courtney Bentley May 9, 2014 at 7:34 am

These look like something I will be eating an entire pan of,…OMG yum!

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Erin May 9, 2014 at 7:39 am

I made these last night and they were AMAZING! My roommates absolutely raved about them, and we nearly ate the entire pan. They’re everything I look for in a brownie but raw which is a huge plus! You’re so talented Angela. Thank you!! :)

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Linda @ Veganosity May 9, 2014 at 8:17 am

Angela, we live parallel lives, only instead of planning a nursery I’m planning a college graduation for my first baby. What?!

Tonight my hubby, son, and I will be cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks while eating some of these amazing looking raw brownies. I’ve made a baked vegan brownie, but I haven’t ventured into the raw zone yet. Today is the day!

Thanks for sharing this, can’t wait to try them.

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Theresa May 9, 2014 at 8:23 am

Could I substitute raw sunflower seeds for the hemp seeds, which I don’t have?

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lauren May 9, 2014 at 8:26 am

Woah these sound crazy good. I think they will be PERFECT this afternoon when it gets p to 86F here, pull out of the freezer and enjoy brownie goodness!
Oh and hockey, in the past 5 years I have come to LOVE this sport! I didn’t grow up with it but I am a convert. It is just so exciting!
As for the nursery I recommend Young House Love’s blog, they always make me feel like I am capable of anything!

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Mary @ Mary's Test Kitchen May 9, 2014 at 8:37 am

These look fab! And…another reason why I need a food processor in my life..

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Elana May 9, 2014 at 8:50 am

I too am both a Habs and Pens fan! Your household sounds exactly like mine, that is too funny!
When I first saw your blog post about these brownies, I was like, Oh oh, something else I can’t have with my limited diet, but surprisingly, most of the ingredients I can have! I can’t wait to make these, what an awesome treat to have during those exciting (stressful) hockey games!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm

heh…yea, when our Leafs didn’t make the playoffs we decided we still wanted to watch a couple good series so Habs & Pens it is! And what great series they’ve turned out to be.
Enjoy the brownies if you make them!

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Stephanie L May 9, 2014 at 9:04 am

I need to figure out a sub for the hemp. Other than that…I’m looking forward to trying these!!

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LindaLee May 9, 2014 at 10:35 am

I want to try and make these into Truffle Balls–do you think that would work?? Just sounds so GOOD!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

I can’t see why not! If the dough doesn’t stick enough just add a small splash of water.

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Michelle @LALLnutrition May 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

These look divine! I love making raw truffles and yes changing up the nuts and seeds makes them so versatile just like these lovely brownies! I love the melted chocolate layer though…that’s the bees knees – must try lol. I also love that they are packed full of omega-3s, so amazing for your little one!

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Carla May 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Those brownies look delicious! Our lives are so similar right now! I’m due Sep 25 and lately every night my husband and I turn on the hockey, get something chocolate and I research baby must haves on the iPad :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Congrats on your pregnancy! it’s funny to think there are other couples in similar stages doing the exact same things each night ;)

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Megan May 9, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I made these brownies last night and they were UN-FREAKIN-BELIEVABLE!!! Neither my boyfriend or I are vegans but we both agreed that these brownies could convert us!! I’m also pretty positive that these are the healthiest brownies I’ve ever eaten so I don’t even feel remotely guilty about eating half the pan myself! Thanks for the recipe!! Xx

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Rachel // Sweet Talk May 9, 2014 at 5:15 pm

These look unbelievable Angela!! I serve mine all the time with a similar chocolate ganache on top! Great minds think alike ;)

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Lou May 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Um, Ok. I’ll go make these right now. :-)

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Lou May 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Um, Ok. I made them and they are amazing. I believe I said “Holy $*it” these are good” out loud to myself while shoveling brownie dough in my mouth straight from the food processor. Everybody, stop what you are doing and go make these.

Thanks Angela!

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Kate @Almond Butter Binge May 9, 2014 at 7:08 pm

I love two things about this recipe: how chocolatey they look, and how I can make these without an oven! That will be a godsend come summer :)

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Kristina May 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm

These look delicious. And relax — babies don’t give a hoot about nurseries. Worrying about decorating one if it’s no fun for you is a total waste of psychic energy. All little ones need is love and nurturing and a place to sleep. The rest is window dressing for the neighbors.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 12, 2014 at 7:09 am

I’m actually having a lot of fun planning it!

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autumn May 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

I love that you are incorporating raw recipes too! Thanks!

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Martine May 10, 2014 at 10:23 am

I just made the brownies … Delicious! Thanks for the great recipe

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Barbara May 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I can’t wait to try your brownies. I make raw brownies too yet these are different! :)

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Kelly May 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm

OMG! I just make these! They are SOOOOOO good! Thanks for the recipe!

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Jen May 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm

I made the bottom portion of these minus the cacao nibs and the salt. They were wonderful. The recipe is a keeper!! I don’t think you need any topping at all and without the topping they are very low in fat.

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Jen May 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I forgot to mention that I used Penzey’s full fat cocoa (not dutched), which is not only delicious but a better source of antioxidants than the dutched variety.

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Heather J May 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Just made a half batch of the brownies. They are awesome! Very rich. The chocolate topping really steps it up from just a typical raw ball/Larabar clone to legit dessert. Good work!

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Kira - The Healthable Old Soul May 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Have you ever tried brownies made from kidney beans? I was shocked at the flavor and they reminded me of raw brownies! Yours looks fabulous!

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Deutsche Mama May 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm

I made these brownies today and they are soooo good. I had one this afternoon and two more in front of the TV this evening :o). Awesome recipe. Thank you so much!

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Anuja May 10, 2014 at 11:55 pm

This looks yummy! Can’t wait to try.

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Sarah @ Seriously Lovely May 11, 2014 at 5:57 am

Oh wow, these look delicious! Perfect fix for a chocolate craving (which I always seem to have!)

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Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa May 11, 2014 at 10:35 am

I neeed these asap! They look incredible! :D happy mother’s day!

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Jessica May 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

I’ve already eaten two squares and I’m trying to distract myself from getting up and eating more. :) Great recipe, I can see myself making these when the weather gets hotter and I don’t want to turn on my oven.

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Brittany May 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I made these last night and they were amazing. I’ve tried a lot of other raw vegan brownies recipes and these were by far the best. Although the other recipes have been good, the biggest problem I have with other recipes is the texture. These brownies are the perfect texture and the flavor is perfect!

I also made two batches of the ‘our favorite veggie burger’ and the ‘Indian lentil-cauliflower soup’ from the cookbook last night and they were also amazing. I’ve been making a batch of the soup each week since I bought the book and still look forward to it every week. My fiance has started adding sriracha since he likes really spicy food and said it fits perfect with the flavor of the soup.

Thank you Angela for all the great recipes and Happy Mothers Day :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Hi Brittany, I’m so happy to hear this! Thanks for your feedback :)

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Raquel @ My California Roots May 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Um, hi. If anything is going to distract me from my no-desserts plan I’ve got going right now, it’ll be these. Ah-mazing. Also! Just noticed your sidebar still says to “preorder” your book, but I know for sure that it’s out! (Or else it wouldn’t be sitting in my cupboard). Just thought you might like to know :)

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amy May 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm

you are genius! i love brownies, but was never crazy about the raw version but with your idea of the chocolate top it sounds amazing! thanks for sharing this :)

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Carolina May 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Oh my gosh! I just made these for my mom for Mother’s Day and my whole family is absolutely in love with them. Thank you for the recipe.

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Laurie May 11, 2014 at 7:18 pm

These brownies are easy to make and delicious!!! Usually, when I try making something that is Vegan, Raw or good for you it doesn’t turn out. I whipped them up this morning in no time flat and they are seriously YUMMMY! Thank you for sharing this sweet treat! lastruna.blogspot.com/

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Elisa May 12, 2014 at 5:35 am

They look super, dooper good. I make raw brownies almost weekly, but never with such an amazing topping. LOVE

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Jessica May 12, 2014 at 8:53 am

I made these last night and they were amazing!! It was hard to stop eating them :)

These will definitely be on my dessert rotation permanently :)

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Kathleen Campbell May 12, 2014 at 10:23 am

Also wondering, along with several others it sounds like, about substitutions for the hemp. Better to just leave it off altogether? Substitute sunflower seeds? flax? something else?

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char eats greens May 12, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Angela! These look amazing. Can’t wait to get back home and make these!!!

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Marion May 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm

These are really, and I mean really YUMMY! I shared them with my friends and they loved it too. They couldn’t believe the recipe is without refined sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. Thanks a lot!

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SV May 12, 2014 at 2:16 pm

I’m off work today and just made these! Can’t wait for them to be out of the freezer and in my face with a cold glass of hemp milk… omg *drool*.

Love all your baby news and information – thanks so much for sharing, I can’t tell you how helpful it is!!

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Em @ Love A Latte May 12, 2014 at 3:33 pm

These look amazing! I just got your book yesterday for Mother’s Day and during lunch at work today I picked out all the recipes I want to make this week. So excited for all the breakfast smoothies! What a wonderful book :)

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Victoria May 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Hey! How long will these last in the freezer? I’m planning a vegan dinner party and would like to be able to make some things ahead of time !! :)

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hippymomelizabeth May 12, 2014 at 5:08 pm

I made your brownies for my familys’ mothers day treat. My dates were indeed hard so I tried to soak them but I thought what the heck toss in some water then I read at the bottom of your recipe not to do that…Oops But They were friggin (scientific word:)) great, anyways. I froze mine so when I cut them the chocolate on topped chipped , which means they did not cut uniformly square like your picture(because they were frozen to harden the soft watered bottom layer). Doesn’t matter we ate them and a strawberry pie and a blueberry pie thingy I made as well.

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance May 12, 2014 at 5:12 pm

These look heavenly! I can only imagine the perfect balance of creaminess to crunch!

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Cherene May 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Made these over the weekend! Excellent! My non-vegan parents loved them!

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Amy F. May 12, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Oh my WORD – I just made these tonight and they were a BREEZE. Came together EXACTLY how they appear in the picture. It was my first foray into a vegan dessert (I have been doing Whole30 and just transitioned into full paleo lifestyle). I was worried that I would be tempted to eat the whole pan. NOT going to happen!! These are gloriously RICH and I could not eat another one (I am a huge chocolate lover) – Literal perfection. Due to a walnut allergy, I chose to substitute pecans, and I opted to include the cacao nibs and extra nuts into the brownie part (optional in the recipe). The chocolate on top is smooth and rich. Anyway, I could go on and on, but these will be my go-to treat to keep in the freezer. THANK YOU!!!

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Helen @ Scrummy Lane May 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

I bought something a little similar to this from the supermarket yesterday and it was tasty but … I was thinking that it was a bit small and needed a bit of bite or crunch. So this recipe is perfectly timed! Pinning!

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Kelly May 13, 2014 at 11:49 am

Made these last night without the chocolate topping. They are perfection! Love them.
As for nursery planning, I remember laying awake at night obsessing over colour schemes and decor ideas :)

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Elaine May 13, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Hi Angela – as usual, these look amazing. I have a quick question: I preordered your book and got the bonus recipes in a pdf which now won’t open. Is there any way to get it again?
thanks,

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Kelly May 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Just wanted to say that I used to be a regular reader of your blog. I have been less-available lately with my senior year of college. I went on your blog today to catch up and explore and I discovered you are pregnant! (I know I’m a little late) but I wanted to say congratulations! Keep up the good work. This recipe looks amazing, of course.

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Nicole May 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I’m on my third batch in five days. Is that bad? Nope:-)
These are divine and the first time I’ve tried raw brownies. Needless to say, I’m hooked and I’m guessing my husband is as well since the freezer is the first place he goes when he gets home! Thanks for another, stellar recipe!!!!!

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Nicki May 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm

One of my (pregnant) friends recently mentioned to me that an active baby after eating something could be a sign of a dietary sensitivity of the baby. Maybe something to keep an eye on!

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kimmythevegan May 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Mmmm these look so good!!!
It’s funny – you say you aren’t crafty and yet I always seem to picture your house as a Pinterest Perfect setup ;p I bet you’re not as bad as you think you are.
Can’t wait to try these brownies. I have all of the ingredients so I imagine will be sooner than later ;p

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Charity May 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

I made these for Mother’s Day, and everyone loved them! My mom (who usually thinks my desserts taste too “healthy”) enjoyed these so much, that she asked to take two more home for later in the week. Thanks for a delicious recipe.

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Heidi May 13, 2014 at 10:34 pm

I’m on an elimination diet and can’t have sugar so just made the brownies without the coating. HEAVEN! Even my husband who is not on this diet is eating them every night! I will continue to make these even after this diet is “over!!”

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Jordan May 14, 2014 at 11:05 am

These look so incredible! Its amazing what simple dates and walnuts can do to tastebuds…

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Colleen May 14, 2014 at 2:17 pm

These are awesome! Made them satuday and they were gone by monday. Thanks so much for all the recipes Angela! I am also really enjoying your book :)

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Sarah May 14, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Wow, these are SOOOO good. I couldn’t believe it!

I dumped a little maple syrup into the bottom layer too, which made the mix a little sticky/chewy instead of more “lara bar” like, but it’s a big huge hit here at my house (and I live with serious chocoholics/sweet tooths).

By the way, your new Pinterest capability is ruining your menu pulldowns. When I try to pull down a menu to go to a certain category, the menu disappears and I get the pinterest thing coming up on the photo underneath it. Please fix! :)

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Tara May 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I made these tonight and they are perfection! Love your cookbook and blog. Thank you for sharing your gift :)

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Molly @ Rebel Yoga Online May 14, 2014 at 8:58 pm

These look so good. Always nice to have healthy (and vegan) treat options!

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Melanie May 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Made these for myself and my family for Mother’s Day and they were a hit!

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Medeja May 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

I am crazy about brownies! I would finish such delicious ones in couple of days! :)

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Lizzie Derksen May 15, 2014 at 6:56 am

I bought coconut oil for the sole purpose of trying out your myriad dessert recipes. Clearly, I was just in time.

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Leanne May 15, 2014 at 8:19 am

So I did make these, and my husbands top quotes about them were…”Best brownie I have ever eaten!” and “Seriously, these are Vegan?”. He did buy me your cookbook for Mother’s Day. Pretty sure these Brownies made him excited about that purchase! Thanks!

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Christabel May 15, 2014 at 10:52 am

I made these last night and they did not disappoint! My dates were pretty firm and I soaked them. I got impatient after 10 minutes and it worked out fine. :)

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Sam May 16, 2014 at 1:12 am

I made these last night and they are delicious! The perfect little treat! I only had 1 cup of walnuts so subbed in pecans for the 2nd 1/4 cup.

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Richard May 16, 2014 at 5:41 am

These brownies are in the top 5 vegan foods I have EVER made…and I’m a long time vegan! Can’t say enough good things about them!

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Petra May 16, 2014 at 9:12 am

Awesome recipe! Thank you for using so many pictures in your posts, it makes it a lot easier for us to follow along as we prepare these brownies.

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Mandi May 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Yum, this looks so good! I love brownies and I love anything raw. Thank you for the recipe!

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Carole May 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

Whoa… I will for sure be making these! I am really finding that a food processor is something I need to invest in!! There’s a whole world of stuff I can make with it! Your photo’s as usual are so lovely! :)

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Melissa @ Treats With a Twist May 18, 2014 at 5:52 pm

You’re killing me! This looks SO good! And I have all the ingredients…darn it I might have to make them. Pull my arm ;)

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Lindsay May 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Ok so these are amazingly delicious and addictive…
I am celiac, and try to avoid dairy so these are great! Thank you so much I officially have my favourite brownie recipe ever!

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Mary May 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Angela – these brownies are delicious and decadent! I took a look through your cookie recipes and wondered if you have posted anything on quinoa cookies? I had a soft,chewy cookie yesterday that was quinoa, almond, cherry. With cherries being in season right now, I would love your take on a cookie like this! Very much enjoying your book! Thank you for the beautiful recipes!

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Cheryl May 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm

I have made these twice now and they are too, too good. The second time I ran out of cocoa powder, so I made the top layer with melted chocolate chips, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt. It works, but I prefer the original recipe. They are a perfect chocolate fix. Very chocolatey, very rich, and somehow also packed with nutrients. I love them a little too much, I think.

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Kelly May 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Made them this afternoon–absolutely freakin delicious! Can’t keep my kids away from them.

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Andrea May 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Another home run Angela. I made these yesterday and my husband and new bosses were all blown away with the flavour. Thank you for your creativity.

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Andrea May 20, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Wow Angela, these were such a home run. We all loved them and had to stop ourselves from eating ourselves sick. Great job, great creativity.

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Gauri May 21, 2014 at 6:54 am

Hi…what could i sub in for the hemp seeds?

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LuBett aka Lisa May 25, 2014 at 6:48 am

I used sunflower and sesame seeds instead of hemp.

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Erin May 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Wow! You’ve done it again. Just made these today and eaten the first one, and they are to die for. These are so good and easy. I love the ingredients and I love that they are raw! Thanks for another keeper!

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Suzanne May 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm

These are deadly!!!! YUM

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Josine May 24, 2014 at 5:12 am

These are GREAT, Angela! They don’t give me the sugar crashes that I have with regular sugar. I’ve been trying to stay off refined sugar the past weeks to see what it does to my skin and mood, and your brownies have helped me do it :-) Thanks!!

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Josine May 24, 2014 at 5:14 am

Btw, I used pecans instead of walnuts (for some reason walnuts make me feel sick) and it worked out perfect!

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Bobbie May 24, 2014 at 7:51 am

I just made these – oh my god they’re delicious! And so easy to make! I couldn’t find the hemp seeds so I used linseed and my dates were dried so I softened them for 2 minutes in hot water. Definitely recommended!

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LuBett aka Lisa May 25, 2014 at 6:46 am

I made them with a mixture of sunflower and seasme seeds instead of hemp. They turned out amazing. Thanks for the great recipes.

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Kandace May 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm

These are so good! I made them a couple of days ago and I can’t stop snacking on them. Thank you for so many terrific recipes!

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Abena May 27, 2014 at 1:37 am

Oh my gosh ! This looks so amazing I can’t even think straight! Talk about sunday afternoon snacking on the roof terrace! Not to mention guilt free! Love your blog!! Keep up the excellent work!!! I would like to interview you for my blog if that is possible! Please do get in touch xxx

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Wendy May 27, 2014 at 7:02 pm

I have made these brownies twice now for my family and they are a MAJOR hit with a husband who is a chocaholic, and two little ones who keep a “clean” diet. The first thing I thought after trying one is “who cares if it’s healthy???? It’s awesome!” The only change I made was with the second amount of walnuts… I simply chopped them up and put them on top of the bottom layer and then spread the chocolate top layer over it. Amazing! Thank you so much for all you share with us.

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Luna June 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Man, these look so good but I tried it and failed! As I was making it I wondered how is this going to work with such small amount of liquid? (just vanilla extract?) My food processor and vitamix couldn’t handle it. so I ended up trying to mix it by hand. It just ended up clumpy and very dry. I couldn’t get it to mix so eventually I added applesauce and a banana. Still too dry! so I added some coconut oil. It’s not bad but not great :/ I wonder if there is an ingredient left out of this recipe? or did I miss something huge? Do you just need a really high powered food processor?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

Hi Luna,
Yes you definitely should use a sturdy food processor for this recipe and not a blender. There aren’t any ingredients left out. Hope you have better success next time. Just curious – which brand of food processor are you using?

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Gita June 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm

My Tefal blender comes with a mini grinder and chopper that aren’t exactly power houses. So I did the nuts and dates separately (and just a few at a time), and then mixed everything really well by hand in a bowl, along with the rest of the ingredients. Seemed to work fine. Hope that helps, as they are so so worth the effort, being pretty much the best thing I’ve ever eaten.

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Krisanne June 4, 2014 at 3:51 am

Can’t wait to try theseeee!! And enjoy them with a large glass of milk!! Yummy, my bump and I thank you!!! :D :D :D :D xxxxx

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Cathryn June 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Just made these – just Fabulous! The challenge will be to limit myself to 1-2 of these bad boys/day. Should be called “Not Yo Mama’s Brownies”. They’re better – and infinitely more satisfying.

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Donna June 9, 2014 at 3:39 pm

These brownies nearly burnt out the motor of my food processor and then were very hard to spread. I was thinking that maybe they weren’t worth it, but I just tasted my first one and they are so worth it. Thanks so much for the great posts and the cookbook. I enjoy it all and am a faithful follower.

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Allison June 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm

These brownies are AMAZING!!! Talk about death by chocolate, wow! The coconut oil in the homemade chocolate gives it a nice coconut flavor along with the intense chocolate, love it! Also, I only ate one brownie and feel very satisfied. I have a huge sweet tooth, especially when it comes to chocolate, and these brownies did the job and then some.

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Miriam June 11, 2014 at 7:59 am

I made these awesome Brownies yesterday and everyone loved them! For future reference, I made them mostly one-handed with my 8 month old baby on my hip!!

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Meg June 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm

These came out phenomenally. I didn’t freeze them, just kept them in the fridge and they came out perfect. This is my go to recipe for chocolate brownies now. I love that I can eat one, feel satisfied (the texture of the brownie is so similar to fudgey brownies and the chocolate on top is SO GOOD) and I don’t feel that sick weighed-down feeling I would get after regular flour brownies!!! I would add some organic sprinkles to the top or raspberries while the frosting is still cooling. So good. Thanks for sharing!!

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Nicole A June 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Can I say wow! Just had the first finished bite. Wholesome, dense, chewy, with brownie taste! Don’t skip the salt; it’s essential. I used a slightly smaller pan, too, so they could be thicker. I’m so excited to have my freezer stocked with these!

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Jessica June 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm

These turned out delish!
It was a little crumbly – I would add more dates to the brownie mix to keep it held together. I made this for friends and they loved it! Melts quick, so serve it straight out of the freezer :)

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Lucinda June 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Oh. My. Goodness. These are seriously good!

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Sarika June 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Just made these tonight and they are absolutely delicious! I’ve been craving brownies (the kind with white sugar and white flour) but I’m trying to stay away from that stuff. These definitely satisfied my cravings! I’ve never tried one of your dessert recipes, but it’s safe to say that I will be trying many more, and soon. Thank you!

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Lisa | Mummy Made.It July 20, 2014 at 1:54 am

We make ‘energy balls’ (essentially the brownie base recipe in balls) all the time but I never thought to add a chocolate top! How silly of me not to think of adding chocolate- chocolate goes with everything!

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Rosa August 18, 2014 at 10:52 am
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Hi Angela,

I’ve been making these brownies since they appeared on your blog time and time again. They’ve become a staple in my house, as soon as we run out of them I make another batch. They are delicious!

Rosa

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Sonya August 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

We are loving these- I am a southern girl so using pecans not walnuts:) Also just using the brownie recipe to make little snack balls. No icing needed these are so delicious. I use a small cookie scooper , freeze as advised and then store in refrigerator.
YUM

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Emily August 19, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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My kids and I make this one all the time! I love that they gobble them up after we make them together. It is so satisfying to give them a treat that is healthy for them.

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Sarika August 20, 2014 at 5:56 pm
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My favorite brownies!! I’ve made them many times.

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Gessica August 22, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Hi Angela, these look delicious! I can’t wait to make them. I have all the ingredients right now besides the medjool dates. Is there a substitute for them so that I can make them right now? Thank you for all these inspiring recipe posts! :)

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Monica August 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Thank you for this! I made these tonight and they’re delicious and full of goodness. I’m always looking for treats I can store easily and now I have raw brownies ready whenever I crave something sweet. Though…I’m not sure they’ll last all that long. :)

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Svetlana August 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I’ve made these a bunch of times and they are delicious! I also made the original recipe from the sweettalk blog and this one is way better.

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Laura September 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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I just made these and they are incredible! My mum said these were the best brownies in the world ahah. However, I had some problems making them since my medjool dates weren’t very soft: you really have to soak them before attempting the brownies!

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Yana September 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

Hi Angela,

Firstly I love you recipes on the site, but am in love with your cookbook!!! I had a quick question, do you have any suggestions for replacing the oil portion of the frosting? Can there even be an alternative (trying to reduce oil intake in my diet)?

Thank you!

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Pam September 13, 2014 at 9:55 pm
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Just made these super tasty brownies. Totally killed my chocolate craving which is hard to do. Will make these again especially because the recipe seems forgiving and I can try variations.

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Milissa September 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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Just made these earlier today and they are amazing. I decided I wanted “brownie bites” so since we aren’t 100% vegan (YET!!) I added a couple tablespoons of honey to the dough so it would hold together a little better, scooped and rolled into one-inch balls, froze, then dipped in the chocolate. Soooo yummy!! Oh, and I did swap 1/4 cup of the raw walnuts for raw cashews because I ran out of walnuts. But I think I shed a few tears when I ate the first one!

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Kate September 15, 2014 at 8:50 am
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Made these yesterday, hands down one of the best things I have ever tasted! Didn’t have walnuts so used pecans instead and used carob chips instead of cocoa nibs. Even my chocolate hating boyfriend is hooked! And so quick and easy to make :)

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Lindsay September 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Okay so these are so good that I adapted the recipe into smaller servings/one serving size so I don’t eat too many…they’re that good…I have to restrict myself! Thank you for the best brownie recipe ever.

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Kaylie September 21, 2014 at 6:06 pm
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Hi Angela!
I just made these brownies and my husband devoured his square and declared them “magical.” Best dessert he’s enjoyed in a long time! Thanks for such a fabulous, healthy, and easy recipe!

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Olga September 24, 2014 at 9:12 pm
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The brownies were delicious and very quick to make. Just a perfect combination of flavour and sweetness, and the protein content is a nice bonus. t I did find the chocolate layer a little too sweet, it took away from the brownies. Next time I might only use half of the top layer. Having said that, the sweetness might not be a bad thing, I did stop eating after two brownies instead of having the whole thing.

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Robyn October 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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These are so good! I made just the bottom layer and shaped them into little balls that I keep in the freezer. They really do taste like brownies. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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Angelina October 6, 2014 at 7:51 am
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I just made these and they turned out fantastic…. exactly the same as your photos so I’m very happy! They are extremely rich and dense though so a little goes along way. Thank you

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Lisa October 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm

I made these last night and Oh My GOSH! Died and went to brownie heaven… Thank you so much for this beautiful recipe! Its bliss!

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Lieke October 10, 2014 at 3:34 am
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Perfection. I normally don’t really like desserts with dates, but these brownies came out perfect. The bottom was very fudgy and rich with a crunch, the top had a nice snap. I found one whole square to be a little too much, so I cut each square into four little squares, so you get a ton of bite-sized pieces. I’ve made them twice so far, and everybody who tasted it loved it!

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Bridie October 16, 2014 at 3:44 am

Hey, they look amazing – can’t wait to try them!
It might be a silly question – but can they be frozen for up to a few weeks?

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Jennifer October 18, 2014 at 10:41 am
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These are THE best brownies I’ve ever made! I used raw cashews (soaked a few hours) instead of walnuts and also used raw macadamia nuts for the chopped nuts. I did soak dates as suggested and used the cream from the coconut milk. I replaced hemp with ground flax seeds.
I never left a review before, but as I’m making these now for the second time, I feel they’re more than worthy of a review. I may add some coconut just for fun. Another reviewer said she used cherries and that sound delicious. Thanks!
Thank you so very much for posting this beautiful vegan recipe. Gluten free is a huge plus for me and any recipe to help the animals is wonderful.
Go Vegan! For the animals!
P.S. Is it just me or does anyone else find it so annoying when looking at reviews for recipes and all the comment says is how good they look or can’t wait to try? I love reading how others made their version or any extra tips and if they liked how the recipe turned out. Not that they are going to try the recipe someday. Sorry for the little vent.
Peace

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Edita April 25, 2015 at 8:26 am

I totally agree! I don’t want to waste my time on reading how good the pictures are. I can see it myself. I am really happy for Angela, that she has so many followers, but I think commenting on the pictures is not necessary. People, try those recepies, they are good!

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AW October 22, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Would banana be an appropriate sub for the dates?

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Emily Fyffe October 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! I just made these and they are HEAVEN ON EARTH!!! I was a little unsure of myself when I first began making them as I tend to have bad luck when it comes to any sort of “no bake” recipes. But these….these are absolutely divine. I have a super cheap blender, but I was still able to mix everything together by blending only a tiny bit at a time (took a while, but was well worth it!) I am so blown away by this recipe, the fact that it has no refined sugar, no flour, is completely raw, 100% deliciousness and EVEN GOOD FOR YOU! Sorry for all the yelling….I’m just really excited over this :) Thank you for sharing with with the world!

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Mitra October 27, 2014 at 11:35 pm
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After making these the first time I have to have some of these in my freezer all the time! These are my go to chocolate treat and I have made them with pecans when I ran out of walnuts and they are just as delicious! Thanks so much for allowing me to have a guilt free treat to satisfy my cravings and still feel healthy!

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selina October 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Question, Does anyone know what is a good replacement for hemp seeds if it’s not readily available/accessible? Thanks :)

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Tasha December 20, 2014 at 5:20 am
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I WAS ABLE TO MAKE THESE IN MY OWN HOUSE WITHOUT AN OVEN, AND WITHOUT A WORKING FOOD PROCESSOR! It was a bit of a pain, but I used my blender for the walnuts and hemp seeds, and then mixed in the dates with my KitchenAid stand mixer with the beater attachment… it still worked! Mine are pretty gooey, probably because I didn’t drain the dates well enough, and I even used 1/3 raw cacao in the base, instead of the 1/2c, and they are still BEYOND delicious! I cut them into itty bitty, teeny tiny squares, and you are absolutely correct: a tiny dab will do ya. Even my super-finicky parents love these! I say: WINNER.

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Tara January 12, 2015 at 11:54 am
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These are awesome! Made mine with raw almonds and sunflower seeds and reduced the amount of maple syrup. A small bite goes a long way as they are very dense and chocolatey. I’ve left mine in the freezer to make it more work to get to!

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June January 17, 2015 at 9:54 pm
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I have always been a huge fan of all your recipes, but this one is my favourite by far! They are easy to make and taste soooo yummy! I make these all the time, they are my go to dessert! Thanks for sharing such an amazing recipe!

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Tracy February 3, 2015 at 8:30 pm

These brownies are fabulous! I keep a batch in the freezer to grab whenever I need an immediate chocolate fix! Tonight I made your ‘Almost Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding’ and spread some of it on top of the brownie, it made a great smooth and chewy chocolate treat in 1! Love your recipes and your blog!

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Angie February 19, 2015 at 9:20 pm
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Just made these again for about the tenth time–I think they might be my favorite recipe from this blog! Definitely make the top chocolate layer, that “snap” takes it over the top.

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Julie March 12, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Hello, fellow Habs fan! Thank you for sharing this recipe, as a die hard fan of chocolate, I will definitely give it a try! I love your granola bar recipe and the banana bread muffin tops (and my kids too, by the way!).

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Sophia March 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

I ALWAYS see recipes calling for a food processor, but I don’t have one and they’re really expensive. Is there anything I can substitute it for..like a smoothie blender?

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Diana @ VEGG Chef March 18, 2015 at 1:47 pm

I’m a total brownie addict! I have the perfect caramel sauce to top these brownies with. Thank you for the inspiration.

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Maggie @ Veg Fiend March 22, 2015 at 8:10 pm
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Just made these! So tasty. I subbed non-dairy chocolate chips for the homemade chocolate sauce because I was lazy. Loved the crunch from the cacao nibs. Another great recipe, Angela!

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Sheelagh March 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm
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These are so good it’s verging on ridiculous! Haha
I can’t believe how much they taste like regular brownies — even right out of the freezer! No need to even wait for them to thaw like most raw desserts. And so many healthy ingredients. Having these in the freezer as a healthy and satisfying treat when needed is the best!

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Tatyana March 29, 2015 at 9:02 am
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Hi Angela, what a delicious recipe! I had to make the brownies twice this week—my family and colleagues loved them so much! Keep up the good work!

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Simone April 14, 2015 at 1:29 am
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Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!
I have just made this substituting the hemp seeds with linseed (hempseed are really hard to find here in Australia) that I have finely ground and it is fabulous!!
Am going to take it and share it on a metta retreat this weekend.
So very appropriate… this is definitely loving-kindness in a square!!
Xx

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Malik April 18, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Anyway I could make this fit a 16×9 pan?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 19, 2015 at 9:10 am

Hi Malik,

The brownies turned out very thin in a 9″ square pan. I don’t think it would work as you would have to double the recipe.

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Edita April 25, 2015 at 8:14 am
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Couple days ago made it and I must say it was best brownies I have ever had! Even my picky kids loved it! I was eating brownies for breakfast, lunch and snacking in between. Got everything ready for making more today. Thank you for sharing such goodies!

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Shannon May 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm
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Hi Angela, I made these this past weekend to bring to a dinner party and they totally blew me and the other guests away. Both the flavor and texture are, like, droolworthy good. Not just “good for a raw dessert” – I’d probably rather have these than any baked brownies I’ve made. And yet, because they’re so wholesome I feel satisfied after just having one small square. It’s almost too good to be true. Seriously this is now one of my favorite desserts I’ve ever made. I’ll start buying walnuts and hemp in bulk now ;]

Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe :)

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Irene May 4, 2015 at 4:20 pm
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Oh my gosh! I just made these delightful brownies. So good!!! Great recipe to make in the summer as well (not using the oven is nice).

I recently bought your cookbook and I am having fun trying out different vegan recipes. I decided to make this recipe instead of the one in the cookbook because it has no sugar!!!! A guilt free treat to curb my sweet tooth.

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Nancy DePutter May 8, 2015 at 8:26 am
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Best brownies hands down! Wanted to make a cake for friend’s birthday but didn’t have enough time, or enough ingredients so I whipped these up and they were fantastic.
Had to post them on my blog too! Thank you!!

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Pam Allen May 26, 2015 at 9:58 pm
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I have made the raw chocolate brownie recipe so many times. I adore it, so do my family and friends. I also recommend your site to my clients who often require healthy eating options. Thanks so much for your fabulous recipes. You clearly demonstrate that healthy is yummy!!

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Katinka July 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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Hi Angela!

I made them today and they are great great great! Thank you so much for this incredible recipe – as well as all the others. ;-)

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Meggan July 27, 2015 at 2:21 pm

I made these the other night and they are fantastic! You only need a little piece to satisfy and even the non restrictive eating housemates enjoy them. Thanks much for the recipe.

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Karyn August 17, 2015 at 9:12 pm
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These are divine. My family wanted brownies & I did not want to partake, so a handy search brought me here. Your recipes always save me! Thanks SO much!

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carol burgess September 2, 2015 at 10:52 am
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First time at raw brownies, turned out brilliant be great for a treat, a little bit salty though would definitely use less next time. Loved the crunchy bits (I used pecans in chopped nuts at the end) and you couldn’t taste the hemp seeds ! A definite keeper !

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Marianne November 21, 2015 at 11:47 pm
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I just made these!! This is the best recipe yet!! I only added chopped pecans on top the chocolate before it set. It was perfect. I wish I could share the pic with you. Also. I couldn’t find my small springform since I halved the recipe so I lined a small round cake pain with plastic wrap and once it set and was solid (about an hour), it pulled right out.

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Marianne November 21, 2015 at 11:51 pm
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Oh. I substituted pecans for walnuts. Sorry, didn’t have any walnuts. It was fabulous.

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Will January 5, 2016 at 9:58 pm
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I ate them. they tasted good. mission success

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Kristie January 25, 2016 at 8:56 am
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Hi Angela, I LOVE these brownies, and I believe I saw them in your protein-rich pregnancy sample meal plan. I’m wondering if you’ve done any research on the safety of raw cacao nibs during pregnancy?

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Jelli April 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Yum! Granted, these don’t compare to “real” brownies, in my opinion, but as far as a healthy version go, they’re delish. I didn’t have dates so I used prunes with great results. Also added a little honey to the topping, though I realize that might be taboo. Thanks for the recipe.

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Angela Liddon April 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Hi there, I’m glad to hear the prunes worked out well! Thanks for the lovely comment.

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Elizabeth April 16, 2016 at 7:56 pm
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I made these brownies today (love!) and added some cinnamon to the chocolate topping. Wow, did it make the flavors sing–kind of gave it a Mexican chocolate twist. I’ve recently committed totally to a plant-based diet, and your site has been an inspiration. Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes!

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Angela Liddon April 18, 2016 at 10:40 am

Hi Elizabeth, I am so happy to hear that my blog has been a source of inspiration for you. Thank you for the lovely comment, and enjoy those brownies!

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Nancy April 28, 2016 at 2:05 am

Hi Angela, a BIG Thank you for your recipes! we (my husband especially) love them and my 15 mos loves your green monster!
Just a question, Hulled hemp seeds are actually unavailable where we are living, so do you have any substitution suggestion?
Thank you again!

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Katie June 17, 2016 at 7:41 pm

They look amazing! I love the idea of double chocolate. Is there a substitution for walnuts?

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Angela Liddon July 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

Hi Katie, You can absolutely substitute the walnuts! Pecans are definitely the most popular swap and lots of people have had success with it, but I’d think any of your favourite nuts would be a good choice. Peanuts, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds…all would add their own unique spin to the recipe. It’s a pretty versatile one! Good luck if you try anything, and I’d love it if you’d report back.

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umay0ga July 16, 2016 at 2:49 am

Yum! Am waiting for these little darlings to set in the freezer now… So excited! Have not had any chocolate cravings in this pregnancy until just now, so cannot wait to tuck in to something so wholesome x

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Angela Liddon July 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm

I hope these satisfy the craving for you!

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Tiffany August 5, 2016 at 11:40 pm
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Simply amazingly delicious!!! I just made these tonight and they are out-of-control awesomeness! Thank you, thank you Angela!!

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Taryn August 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm
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These are seriously delicious! I used 1 cup blanched almonds and 1/2 cup sprouted pumpkin seeds instead of the walnuts/hemp seeds and I am so in love. They taste so decadent it’s hard to believe they’re healthy!

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Angela Liddon August 17, 2016 at 5:13 pm

They’re a big fave of ours too, Taryn! I’m glad you enjoyed them. :)

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Lindsey September 25, 2016 at 12:55 pm
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Waiting (im)patiently as these firm up in the freezer! Oh man that chocolate ganache is crazy good… I used sunflower seeds instead of hemp seeds because it’s what was around, added some unsweetened coconut flakes to the brownie, and sprinkled the top with nibs + shredded coconut for party presentation :D

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Lindsey September 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Salty, sweet and so DELICIOUS! Thanks for the recipe!

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Liz Westerhaus November 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm
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LOVE everything on this website. SO good. My go-to for all recipes!

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Angela Liddon November 2, 2016 at 8:36 am

Aw, that’s so lovely to hear, Liz!! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my recipes. :)

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Julia December 18, 2016 at 2:02 pm

Do you have any suggestions for making this nut free? Seeds are OK. I was thinking of replacing the walnuts with sunflower or pumpkin seeds, but since they both have strong tastes I wanted to see if anyone else tried this without the walnuts.

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Anna Lee March 29, 2017 at 10:59 pm
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Hands down THE best brownies I’ve ever had. I’m not a huge fan of brownies in general, but I always like having something I can snack on stashed away in the freezer, so I decided to give these a shot. They couldn’t be anymore perfect! They remind me of a little your super seed chocolate bites. Great recipe!!!

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Efi June 10, 2017 at 6:35 am

Which food processor do you use? I don’t know which one I should buy

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Angela Liddon June 16, 2017 at 10:21 am

Hi Efi, you can check out my Amazon store to see all my fave kitchen appliances, including the food processor I use. :) Hope this helps!

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Grace June 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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These are positively AMAZING! Thanks so much! These are super healthy and taste really good. All of my siblings were devouring them :P

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Trini June 27, 2017 at 9:40 pm
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Hello! I just made this and they’re so good! I replaced the walnuts for almonds. I’m wondering if peanuts will work too?

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Angela Liddon July 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm

Hi there Trini, So happy you enjoyed the recipe! I’d say you could swap in any of your favourite nuts. These brownies are pretty versatile! Peanuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts…all would add their own unique twist. Happy baking, and if you try anything, please let us know how it goes :)

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EFB September 2, 2017 at 7:50 am

Which food processor do you use? :)

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Angela Liddon September 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm

Hi there! You can find a list of all my fave kitchen appliances here, at my Amazon store. Hope this helps! :)

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ife November 2, 2017 at 11:37 am

Hi :)
Which food processor do you use? Your amazon link is down from the faq page is not working….

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2017 at 6:44 am

Hey there, Oh I’m sorry the link is not working for you! I’ll check on that.
My food processor is a Cuisinart (it’s 11 or 14 cup, I can’t quite remember). I have to say I’ve had issues with it though. A plastic part on the lid broke, and there was a blade recall late last year. I’m not sure I would repurchase it as it seems like their machines got a bit cheaper in quality.

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Cynthia Hill February 21, 2018 at 7:46 am

The easiest, best brownies I’ve ever made! Modified the sweetness adding a little agave to the icing in addition to the maple, and also melted the coconut oil in the microwave after mixing the icing so it would pour on smoothly before freezing. The real test is, can a meat eating gluten eater enjoy this. Yes, I did!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 25, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Thank you so much for the feedback Cynthia..so glad it was a hit!

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Katrina Kostin March 10, 2018 at 6:46 am

Could chia seeds replace the hemp seeds?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2018 at 9:24 am

Hey Katrina, I’m not sure that I would add a full half cup of chia seed to this recipe as it’s probably a bit too much (they are quite crunchy compared to help hearts), but you may be able to add more walnuts (maybe 1/2 cup?) along with a tablespoon of chia seeds? If you try anything I’d love to hear how it goes.

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Melisa March 21, 2018 at 3:43 pm
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NEW FAVORITE!! I had to make these immediately but was out of walnuts, so I did half almonds, half pumpkin seeds. I made it in a standard loaf pan and cut into 16 chunky squares. What a success! Just one really does the trick, they are absolutely delicious and without my asking, my husband said “we can serve these to guests” which is what I always want to know since we love to entertain – they are the perfect combo of homey and special. I keep them in the freezer and just let them sit out for about five minutes, that’s my favorite texture. THANK YOU!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 22, 2018 at 7:44 am

Aww Melisa, I’m smiling from ear to ear! I’m so glad to hear you both love them so much that they’re guest-worthy. And that’s great the almond and pumpkin seed swap worked! Thanks for your review.

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