Raw Chocolate-Raspberry Brownie Bars

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These raw chocolate-raspberry brownie bars are at the top of my dessert list, but I always say that when I make a new dessert! I love finding flavors that work well together, and this classic pairing of chocolate and raspberry is perfect. The layers of this recipe work so well together; the chocolate nut base has the perfect crunch to it, the raspberry layer is soft and sweet and the chocolate layer will leave you wanting more.

Raw Chocolate-Raspberry Brownie Bars (OMG Delicious!)

Serves 4-6

Ingredients for Base

  • 1 cup raw nuts (either almonds, macadamias or cashews work well. You can use one type or a mixture)
  • 1/3 cup cacao
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted

Ingredients for Middle Later

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 4 Tbsp. shredded coconut
  • 6 Tbsp. organic maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

Ingredients for Top Layer

  • ½ cup of cacao butter (or melted coconut oil)
  • ½ cup of cacao powder
  • ¼ cup of organic maple syrup

Directions for Base

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until all the ingredients are well mixed and the macadamias are crushed.

Add mixture to a lined tin, smooth out with a spoon and place in the freezer to set.

Directions for Middle Layer

Blend all but the coconut oil in a high speed blender until smooth.

Add coconut oil and blend until well combined

Add to the base and smooth over with a spatula or back of a spoon and place into the freezer for at least 1 hour.

Directions for Top Layer

Melt the cacao butter in a double boiler on low heat (I highly recommend shaving or chopping the cacao butter into smaller portions before adding to the double boiler).

Add the organic maple syrup to the double boiler and whisk until combined.

Whisk in the cacao powder.

When well combined pour over the middle layer and smooth over with the back of a spoon

Put back into the freezer and let it set completely (around 1 hour).

Remove from the tin, slice straight away and store in an airtight container in the freezer (I recommend the freezer as the raspberry layer softens easily).

By: Vanessa Vickery
Source: www.mindbodygreen.com

2014-07-07T12:06:20+00:00

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    Q: I read that you do not recommend coconut oil, because of its thickness. Do you believe that coconut butter is healthy for human consumption? Thank you all the knowledge you generously share.

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