We are so excited to have a vegan dessert recipe from Chef Hilary Zozula! She has shared her recipe for raw, vegan, gluten-free chocolate brownies!!! OMG – you would never believe that a raw vegan dessert could be so completely amazing. They only take about 30 minutes to prepare and an hour to firm up in the fridge… and they are worth every second of the wait! Co-owner of the Juice Box Cafe in Shadyside, Chef Hilary has created many super yummy raw vegan dishes for their Raw Vegan Fine Dining Nights. Hope you can make it to one!
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup rolled oats
2 ripe bananas
3 Tablespoons agave
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
6 Tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 cup of water
Strawberry Acai Sauce:
One packet of unsweetened Sambazon raw acai berry puree
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
2 Tablespoons of agave
3. Mix the banana/ agave mixture into the brownie powder. The texture should be similar to that of fudge. If the mixture is too wet, add a few more oats.
4. Spread the mixture into an 8 x 8 baking pan and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour to allow the mixture to set. The longer the mixture sets, the drier and more "brownie-like" they will become. Overnight is even better.
5. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in your food processor and process until smooth. Store sauce in the refrigerator until it's time to serve the dish.
6. Cut brownies and plate individually. Top with the strawberry acai sauce and a fresh stawberry. Enjoy the rich cacao deliciousness!
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