Monday, August 13, 2012

Raw Chipotle Chocolate Brownies



What a recipe! It's a fabulous spicy brownie that is gluten free, vegan, raw, and a little hot! But,  you can leave out the chipotle powder, and it will still be delicious without any heat! ( I tried it both ways)

If you follow my blog, you know that every month I participate in a blogger's recipe exchange group called the Secret Recipe Club.

Secret Recipe Club'

As a participant, I am assigned another member's blog . My job is to select and make one of her recipes and post it on my blog .  I don't bake much ,so I was a little intimidated when my August assignment was  Betchacanteatjustone which is a blog dedicated to sweet treats from Katie's Kitchen. Katie posts many fabulous dessert recipes and even features a gluten free section .

After drooling over at least ten of Katie's recipes,  I finally decided to try her chipotle chocolate brownies. The recipe is sugar free and is made with  dried dates, nuts and figs. The best part was that it did not require any baking, so I didn't even have to turn on my oven ( Great for summer). I couldn't wait to try it.

1. It literally took me 5 minutes to process the ingredients in my food processor.
2. It took me about 2 minutes to press the mixture into a pan. ( I might have made mine too thin)
3. It took about 1 minute to make the icing and 1 minute to spread it on the brownies
4. Refrigerate overnight!

To sum it up:
Prep Time: 9 minutes + overnight refrigeration, and you have yourself  one heck of a healthy chocolaty treat!

I wasn't disappointed ! The recipe is unique , but really delicious ! In addition, this brownie  meets my standards for all real food ingredients.

***If you leave out the chipotle powder, it could  be a great choice for kids because the dried fruit gives the brownie its sweetness without processed sugars . In addition, the brownies are gluten free, grain free and egg free, making it a perfect dessert for those concerned about allergies.

Later, I rolled the dough into little logs and I thought they tasted just like a tootsie roll!!

Ingredients:

Raw Chipotle Chocolate Brownies as posted on Betchacanteatjustone makes 16 2 inch brownies recipe originally from RAWMAZING
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup dried figs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey (you may not need to add this, it depends on how sticky your dates are)
Topping
Directions:
Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until finely ground.
Add the salt, cocoa and spices and pulse until combined.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the figs and dates and process until everything is combined, add the vanilla.  At this point the mixture should stick together when gently pressed.  You can decide here if the honey is necessary. 
Press the mixture into an 8 X 8″ pan and chill.
To make the topping:
whisk together all of the ingredients and pour onto brownie.  Chill for about an hour until cutting into yummy squares.
Step by Step directions

Grind nuts till fine

Add spices and process; add figs
and dates 1/4 cup at a time
Press into an 8x8 pan ( I didn't have one so I improvised)


Mix cocoa, cinnamon, and honey for the icing
Ice the brownies and refrigerate over night




 

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20 comments:

  1. Hi Judee,
    I just love Chipotle and this is a great Brownie, it looks delicious. A great choice for the SRC, hope you are having a great day.
    Miz Helen
    Group B SRC

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    1. Miz Helen,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I'll see you Thursday at your blog carnival

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  2. I'm so glad you found a gluten free recipe on my blog that worked in your favour :) These are so yummy, I wish I had one right now!

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    1. The brownies are great! Love your blog..too .

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  3. I have never made these, bookmarked would love to definitely try.., seems too delicious..

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    1. Jayasri,
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. They are really good and vegan.

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  4. What an interesting brownie. Stopping by from SRC.

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  5. Wow, I'm totally intrigued by these ingredients. And I love the idea of spicy and chocolate.

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    1. It was my first time trying it, and it was an interesting combination!

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  6. What a great brownie alternative. They sound yummy! Thank you for sharing.

    Kelly @ Our Everyday Harvest

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  7. Love the addition of chipotle :) YUMMO My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we'd love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week's link up here: http://vegetarianmamma.com/gluten-free-friday-recipe-link-up-1/

    Thanks, Cindy

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  8. This is so great! I love raw brownies and the addition of chipotle is so interesting!

    Thanks for sharing on HVF :)

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  9. That sounds so unique! I'm intrigued.

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  10. What a deliciously wholesome recipe, with or without the spice!

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  11. These really do sounds spectacular. I adore raw brownies in particular, but now that I finally bought some chipotle powder, I must give these a try! They sound fabulous. :)

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  12. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  13. These look amazingly rich and yummy. I'm supposed to be eating gluten free, but it's hard staying away from a lot of my favorite foods. Mainly baked goods that contain gluten. These sure would make a good replacement it looks like.

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  14. The "tootsie roll" comment gave me an idea. How do you think they'd survive rolled in confectioners' sugar or something else and then wrapped in tissues or placed in mini muffin cups? Do you think they'd just absorb the sugar?

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  15. Love the idea of a no bake brownie...and chipotle, of course. Also really interested in rolling like tootsie rolls. Fun!

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  16. So yummy! Who can resist these healthy and delectable ingredients! Thank you so much for sharing your Raw Chipotle Chocolate Brownies with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

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