Here’s a really easy Raw Vegan Cinnamon Brownie recipe that can be made in about 5 minutes and the only equipment you need to make it is a food processor.
The best thing I liked about these brownies…apart from not having flour, butter, eggs and processed sugars, is that they are really simple to make and not overly sweet.
I actually tried to reduce the number of dates in the original recipe but it wasn’t enough to hold them together.
This is a great snack and full of nutrient-dense ingredients, especially when compared to a highly processed box of Duncan Hines Brownie Mix full of GMO ingredients:
Ingredients: SUGAR, ENRICHED BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR [NIACIN, IRON, THIAMIN, MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID], MALTED BARLEY FLOUR), WALNUTS (NUTS, CORN OIL, BHT ADDED TO PROTECT FLAVOR), COCOA POWDER PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, VEGETABLE OIL SHORTENING (PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL), WHEAT STARCH. CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: DEXTROSE, SALT, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CORNSTARCH, CARRAGEENAN, LEAVENING (SODIUM BICARBONATE). (source)
- Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil/Corn Oil/Cornstarch – soy and corn are both well known and documented GMO ingredients. Unless it is labeled “organic” or is labeled “non-GMO Project Verified”, we can only assume it’s made from GMO products.
- Salt – processed, toxic iodized salt
- Sugar – refined, processed, bleached sugar
- Bleached Flour – bleached = chlorine. The flour is treated with a chlorine gas bath (chlorine oxide) which also produces alloxan. Alloxan is a by-product of the bleaching process and is the product of the decomposition of uric acid (source)
- BHT – (aka Butylated Hydroxytoluene) is a synthetic preservative
- Artificial Flavor – a sneaky way to include something in their product without having to fully disclose what it is
- Carrageenan – a controversial and questionable ingredient that is linked to digestive disorders and even cancer (source)
Then, you still have to add eggs and vegetable oil to it.
5 Fast Facts About Pumpkin Seeds:
- a natural anti-inflammatory food
- excellent source of magnesium
- helps to lower cholesterol
- alkaline forming
- high in essential fatty acids
5 Fast Facts About Sunflower Seeds:
- rich source of vitamin E
- finest source of B complex vitamins
- incredible source of folic acid
- rich in magnesium
- provides anti-inflammatory benefits
5 Fast Facts About Walnuts:
- high quality vegan protein
- high in antioxidants
- rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- high in vitamin C
- improves blood lipids and other cardiovascular risk factors
5 Fast Facts About Dates:
- natural energy booster
- high in iron content
- rich in potassium
- good source of dietary fiber
- excellent source of protein
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao:
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, iron and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- contains 4 different neuro-transmitter that promote a positive outlook
- contains essential fats
- can help to decrease blood pressure
5 Fast Facts About Cinnamon:
- contains anti-inflammatory properties
- helps control blood sugar levels
- great source of manganese, fiber, iron and calcium
- can help lower bad cholesterol
- helps eliminate headaches and migraines
5 Fast Facts About Pink Himalayan Salt:
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
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Tip #1: It is better to pre-soak you nuts and seeds before making this recipe, but not necessary. Soaking the nuts and seeds “activates” them and breaks down the phytates and enzyme inhibitors to release nutrients. It also makes them much easier to digest.
I’m guilty of not always soaking my nuts and seeds before making a raw recipe, especially if I’m in a hurry, but I’m trying to get into a routine because I know they are more nutritious that way.
If you want to prepare your nuts and seeds ahead of time, soak them (separately) for 7 hours or up to 24 hours with about some pink himalayan salt (2 tsp for the walnuts and sunflower seeds and 1 tbs for the pumpkin seeds). You will then need to dehydrate them for about 12 – 24 hours (turning occasionally) at 105 degrees.
Tip #2: Make sure you pack them into the baking dish very tightly so they will hold together when you take them out.