A few weeks ago Christoffer was listening to some funky jazz music. While we were talking I gradually sensed a serious urge to make tea and eat cake. Actually the urge was to drink coffee, and eat cake, but since I don’t actually usually drink coffee, I knew that tea and cake would be more my thing.
Hmmm, I thought. Damn Starbucks! Yep, they pipe jolly, trendy jazz music while they pump their customers with caffeinated drinks and pretty looking iced beverages with lots of fluffy whipped cream, and as a consequence we involuntarily begin – much like Pavlov’s dogs- to dribble, drool, and crave hot drinks, giant cookies and buzzed chit chat whenever we hear the likes of Miles Davis.
The funny thing is that I rarely go to Starbucks, or any other coffee chain. I prefer cute little independent places. So I know that my conditioning is a result of very few hours sent in the houses of caffeine!
Anyway, since we live out in the sticks, I certainly wasn’t going to trek all the way in to Stockholm just to go out for ‘fika’ as we say here in Sweden. Besides, since I there is a distinct lack of heavenly (but healthy) cakes in Stockholm, there wouldn’t be much point, as my craving for tea and cake wouldn’t be met. It would just be tea. And would I travel an hour just for a cup of peppermint tea? No, not really!
So, being the queen of raw cakes and treats I installed myself in the kitchen and brought forth my holy bible (Loving Life – Loving Desserts – believe it or not, I don’t have all the recipes committed to memory and still need to consult it!).
Christoffer hinted heavily that he wanted the rich Chocolate Torte (page 22), but I was more in the mood for something like the Sneaky Chocolate Cake (page 23). Luckily we didn’t have to fight over which one to have (I know, life is tough!) since we didn’t have all the ingredients to make either.
So what I did was to take inspiration from both recipes and came up with a amazing (and super quick) raw chocolate brownie. It’s so good in fact (this has been confirmed by several independent tasters!) that I shall be adding it to my book, when it is next updated!
What brings me almost as much joy as eating my cakes is sharing them with others. I would love to make this for you in person, but chances are you don’t live in my neighbourhood so I will have to make do with sharing the recipe and heavily encouraging you to make it this weekend. It’s ridiculously quick and easy to make, and did I mention that it is super tasty?
Here goes! Enjoy, dear friend!
Miss Best’s Raw Chocolate Brownie
(Note: this brownie tastes even better when left in the fridge for a day, so do feel free to make it in advance!)
1 cup brazil nuts
1 cup dates
1/3 cup raisins
¼ cup goji berries
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon water
Small pinch of salt
pinch of vanilla powder or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
optional: 2 tablespoons dried coconut
1 large avocado
3 tablespoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons agave (or maple) syrup
zest from one organic orange
pinch of chili powder (optional)
Start by making the brownie. Pop the nuts in the food processor and give them a whizz to make them into a course crumb. Add the dates and process to combine. Now add the raisins, goji berries, cacao, water, salt, and vanilla and process until you get a nice ‘dough’.
Take a plate and sprinkle the bottom with the dried coconut (optional). Shape the brownie dough into a 10 cm x 10 cm square (approx 4 inch x 4 inch).
Now, here’s the thing about the frosting. The amounts I have given above makes twice the frosting you need. This is because I find that if I halve the recipe there isn’t enough to blend properly in the food processor.
So this is what I suggest:
Use the above amounts, use just half of the frosting, and chill the remainder. It then gives you one portion of delicious chocolate pudding, which is heavenly eaten on its own, or mixed with chopped bananas and coconut chips.
Use half the amount (1 small avocado (or 1/2 large), 1.5 tablespoons cacao, 1 tablespoon agave syrup and the zest from half an orange) and use a hand held blender.
Which option do I use? The one with the bonus serving of chocolate pudding of course!
So, blend all the frosting ingredients together and smooth on to the brownie. All done! Enjoy!
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