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Raw Fudgy Brownies

Put your phone down, step away from your computer…no wait! Don’t do that, you won’t be able to read what I am going to say. I take it back, come back…This is going to require all of your attention. Are you ready?


Okay, now take your computer with you into the kitchen, get all of the necessary ingredients out and whip up a batch of your very own raw fudgy brownies. I swear on all things Halloween, if this is the very first raw recipe you ever try, so help me God, you will wonder why you haven’t been eating raw desserts up to this point.

Okay, enough of my yapping, time to fake bake, friends… GO!

Raw Fudgy Brownies Recipe

{Raw Vegan} Gluten, egg, dairy, and refined sugar-free

Makes 16 Brownies 


  • 1 c. cashews, soaked for 2 hours
  • 1 c. macadamia nuts, soaked for 2 hours
  • 1 c. almond or oat flour
  • 1/2 c. raw cacao powder
  • 3 Tbs walnuts
  • 2 medjool dates, chopped
  • 2 Tb agave or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • Chocolate Ganache Recipe (see below)*
  • cacao nibs (for topping)
  • Walnut pieces (for topping)


  1. Mix the cashews, macadamia nuts, and walnuts in a food processor until crumb-like. You might have to do this in 2 batches, depending on your processor size.
  2. Add the remainder of ingredients into the processor and pulse until a smooth dough forms.
  3. Line a 8×8 pan with wax paper. Place dough in pan and with hands, pat down until dough forms into pan.
  4. Top with raw chocolate ganache. Immediately cover with cacao nibs and walnuts.
  5. Chill for 10 minutes.

*Raw Chocolate Ganache Recipe:

  • 2/3 c. raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 c. agave
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
  1. Blend together until smooth.

35 Comments Post a comment
  1. Super delish! Wake n’ bake then ffake bake – did I read that somewhere in your post or am I imagining things…actually that would be pretty genuis 😉

    October 31, 2012
  2. Wowzers- those look so fudgy! My favorite kind of brownie!

    October 19, 2012
  3. the hands are back! i will still snatch some away from those scary fingers

    October 18, 2012
  4. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts #

    I’m going!!

    October 18, 2012
  5. You do know that I’m in love with you, right?

    October 18, 2012
    • hehe. Are you finally going to ask me out???

      October 25, 2012
  6. oh my word #2 or #3 or #6… everyone is drooling 🙂 haha those look delicious! lets go on a chocolate diet together for a couple of days! 🙂

    October 18, 2012
    • I think we should write a book about it too. We will be rich! xo

      October 25, 2012
  7. Maddy #

    Cara! I am loving your raw dessert series. These look amazing, definitely giving them a try. 🙂

    October 17, 2012
    • Thanks Maddy! Always wonderful to hear from you…xo

      October 25, 2012
  8. On my word. I have to convince myself not to get out of bed to make these.

    Tomorrow, brownies will be mine.

    October 17, 2012
    • No convincing! Get out of bed now and make them! 🙂

      October 25, 2012
  9. BrookeWang #

    I am so bummed I forgot to take one! 😦 soooo good to see you

    October 17, 2012
  10. A Table in the Sun #

    The raw-zombies have taken over my brain….can’t stop……myself…..where’s the…..cacao..powder…….nooooooooooooooooo!

    October 17, 2012
    • Brains! Brains! No wait, I think the proper word would be: Brownies! Brooooownieeesss!

      October 25, 2012
  11. Wow these look SOOO amazing! You just keep outdoing yourself, miss!

    October 17, 2012
  12. Oh my goodness, this recipe looks amazing! I have never “done” raw before, but am going to try these this weekend. Hope my store has medjool dates (I live in a food desert and usually have to order ingredients like this). Keeping my fingers crossed!

    October 17, 2012
    • Keeping my fingers crossed for you too, Jennifer! I just made another batch of these bad boys yesterday. The bf ate, no devoured, all of them last week (and he isn’t a sweets person either). They are sooooo good!

      October 25, 2012
  13. This is making my tumbly rumbly…

    October 17, 2012
  14. Every day I fall deeper in love with you.

    October 17, 2012
  15. Georgina #

    This looks really good though I’m not keen on the use of agave or maple syrup. I might try dates or honey. I know honey not vegan but I do use it. Also hoping to get some hives soon so I would know just how lovingly the bees were cared for.

    October 17, 2012
    • That is such a great idea, Georgina! I think when it comes to diet, you have to do what works for *you* and so if honey is something you are all about, so be it! I personally have no problem with it either (although I am not exactly a vegan at all so of course I would be)–ha.

      October 25, 2012
  16. I almost thought I read “time to fake and bake, friends..” and I was little worried that this whole raw thing was going the wrong direction…either way it was funny. You know what I love about this whole raw thing and you? Everything you are posting is good for you. You’ve got all the good fats in there, Omegas, anti-oxidants – ALL while making it fun and creative. Love it Cara and love you! xo

    October 17, 2012
    • HAHAHAHAAHA. Time to fake and bake. hahaha. I cannot stop laughing…
      Thank you for the incredibly kind words, Suzanne. I am SO happy that you are enjoying this series–makes eating raw fun, doesn’t it?! xo

      October 25, 2012
  17. I am a new follower and loving your site! Thank you so much for the amazing raw recipes and the creative posts and photos. ♥

    October 17, 2012
    • Hi Sheri! So glad you found your way over to this little spot–hope you enjoy some of the recipes. xo, Cara

      October 25, 2012
  18. These look great! I have a raw brownie recipe I made, but it doesn’t have ganache!!!

    October 17, 2012
  19. raw fudgy brownies?! i’m in!! maybe i’ll put some raw caramel on top!!

    October 17, 2012
    • That is the best thing I have heard all day!

      October 25, 2012
  20. I am loving all of the Halloween Props!! these look amazing 🙂

    October 17, 2012
  21. ::drool::

    October 17, 2012
    • *handing you a tissue* Clean yourself up, dear 🙂

      October 25, 2012

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