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You’ve never had brownies like this before! Almost Raw Blondie Brownies with Chocolate Frosting. Gluten-Free and Vegan
Can we talk about the fact that my sense of humor is similar to that of a 17 year old guy? Snarky, disgusting, dirty. Even though I’m 30 and consider myself to be fairly well-read, I still gravitate towards terrible movies and funnyordie over indie classics and the New York Times.
Which is why I found myself re-watching some of my favorite movies this weekend: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Just Friends and my recent favorite- Neighbors. While BL is away in St. Louis, I’m finding comfort and relaxation in two of my favorite things- stupid comedy & sweet, sweet brownies.
Aren’t these brownies just perfect? I cannot get over how much I love these little treats both as an after dinner snack or while plowing through a marathon movie session. Almost-raw blondies for the bottom layer topped with a rich, dark chocolate frosting and crunchy nut bits. The texture is out of this world.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love brownies. Cakes and cookies? I can easily pass on, but brownies? I don’t know if I’ve ever turned down a brownie. Therefore, a healthier makeover version was needed.
I’ve been making these blondie bites (dates, almonds, pecans) for a few years now, and I love the rich, caramel taste. I pulse the above ingredients together, add in a little sea salt and vanilla, and I swear I’m eating a thick, baked blondie brownie masterpiece. Those bites still work, but this weekend I wanted something a little more indulgent. Hello chocolate ganache.
Do you frost your brownies? I never knew that was a thing until I started eating my friend Paige’s brownies. Hers are some of the best: chocolate chips in the batter and a thick layer of chocolate frosting on top. The problem with trying frosted brownies just once? You always want frosted brownies.
The base of the brownies is my go-to blondie mixture from above. Mix it together in a food processor and press it into a pan. For added crunch, I threw in a cup of Rice Krispie cereal making these brownies almost raw instead of raw. You are welcome to leave the krispie cereal out but I think it gives perfect structure for the chocolate topping. For a completely raw base, loosely chop more pecans and almonds and mix them in right before pressing down.
Then we get to the good stuff- the chocolate frosting. I made a quick homemade batch of chocolate chunks, coconut oil, sea salt and powdered sugar. For a less opulent treat, halve the recipe and drizzle the chocolate on top instead of spreading like frosting.
You are definitely going to want to make these ones asap! I brought the leftovers into the office this morning and got rave reviews from everyone who tried them. If you’re looking for a healthier brownie substitution, this is it.
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You’ve never had brownies like this before! Almost Raw Blondie Brownies with Chocolate Frosting. Gluten-Free and Vegan. Adapted from Dana’s Raw Vegan Brownies
If dates are dry, soak in warm water for 15 minutes, then drain