Happy Friday everyone,
My trip to PARIS is just around the corner!!! SO EXCITED….. can you tell!!!!!
Well Michelle and I wanted to share with you all a chocolate lovers dessert. BROWNIES. And not just any brownies but raw and gluten free! YAY
We made these for our local customers for Valentine’s Day and everyone loved them so we thought we would share what we did.
Now I know what you might be thinking? Does it contain nuts? Yes this recipe does. We are not totally against nuts, we just try to limit our overall intake of them. But sometimes you need nuts to get certain textures and creaminess you desire in a recipe. And this is one of those recipes. Cashews just do a great job with providing creamy texture and smooth chocolate feel to these brownies which we just love!
Pure2Raw Recipe: Gluten Free Vegan Raw Brownie Sandwiches
Ingredients for Brownie Batter:
- 2 cups whole cashews, soaked and rinsed
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 2 tbsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup cacao or any chocolate powder
- ½ cup agave or any liquid sweetener of choice
- pinch salt
Directions: Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse till combined.
Batter will be a little wet and sticky. Take brownie batter and mold into shapes if desired. We pressed ours on a flat surface, about 1/2 inch thick, and used cookie cutters to cut into heart shapes. You may just press into a pan and cut into squares. Another option is to fill your mold all the way and cut the brownies in half to fill.
Ingredients for Creamy Filling:
- 2 cups soaked cashews
- 4 tbsp coconut oil, liquid
- 2 tbsp coconut butter, softened
- 35 drops stevia
- 1-2 tbsp agave
- 1 tbsp + 2tsp vanilla
- pinch salt
- ¼ cup water
Blend till smooth in a food processor or blender.
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How to build Brownie Sandwiches:
Take one heart shaped brownies and lay it down flat. Than scoop some of the creamy filling on top of the brownie. Next grab another brownie and place on top. Set in freezer. Repeat till our brownies are filled.
There you have it folks. A delicious and easy gluten free vegan and raw brownie sandwich. No baking or dehydrating time required here! We like to eat these right out of the freezer. It reminds us of a cookie sandwich.
I am sure many of you have seen the issues with sugar and agave going around.
Real quick our thoughts:
Sugar is Sugar!!! No matter what form it comes in. Everything in moderation!
We still use agave, but occasionally. The main forms of sweetener we use in our daily eats and baking and unbaking:
- -Coconut sugar
- -Maply syrup, agave, and black strap molasses (these are rare)
So you can still have your agave, just not a cup of it ; ) Not that anyone would, right?
We feel balance is key and be aware of your sugar intake. But we still feel you need DESSERT!!!
Time to get back into the kitchen got two farmers markets to bake for tomorrow! And still packing for my trip overseas!
I hope everyone has a great weekend! Any exciting plans??
What is your favorite thing to do on Easter Sunday?!?!
As kids we did the whole Easter egg hunts but as we got older we were not too thrilled with that game anymore. Now we just like to be with family and friends and be in the kitchen of course baking away!
Till next time, I will be speaking to you all from Paris. Michelle will still be here plugging away and our mom is coming to visit her while I am gone!