Mexican Spiced Brownies

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A perfect sweet and spicy brownie that is raw and vegan. Is there anything better than a hint of spice with chocolate?


Brownie Base

4 cups walnuts, soaked 6-8 hours

2/3 cup raisins

2/3 cup Medjool dates

2/3 cup cacao powder

1 tablespoon Mexican (ceylon) cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons finely ground star anise

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

pinch of sea salt (optional)

2 tablespoons water


1/2 cup maple syrup or agave nectar

1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed to liquid

2/3 cup cacao powder


Brownie Base

1) PPlace walnuts into a food processor and grind into the consistency of a meal. Don’t over process or it will release too much oil.

2) Add the raisins and dates and process until the mixture is well combined.

3) Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, star anise, cayenne and sea salt and process again until mixture is sticky yet still crumbly. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

4) Add the water and mix well using your hands. It should start to resemble a dough.

5) Press mixture into an 8 x 8 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap.


1) Add maple syrup to the blender first followed by the coconut oil and cocoa powder. Blend well until smooth.

2) Spread topping over brownies and chill at least 1-2 hours.

3) Remove brownie by lifting up the parchment paper and slice into desired size pieces.

4) Add the water and mix well using your hands. It should start to resemble a dough.

5) Press mixture into an 8 x 8 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap.


Try substituting cayenne pepper with chipotle or ancho pepper for a whole new experience. Chipotle is smoky and spicy while ancho is mild and sweet. For a traditional brownie omit cayenne, anise and cinnamon.

Judita WignallAbout Judita Wignall

I'm a Certified Associate Chef and Instructor from the Living Light Culinary Institute in Fort Bragg, CA as well as a Certified Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator. I've been passionate about raw foods and nutrition for the past four years. This came as a result of health issues that made me take a reassessment of my diet and lifestyle. As a model, actress and musician I have to credit raw foods for helping me reach an incredible state of health as well as helping me keep my weight down, energy up and my skin clear. In addition to teaching raw food classes, I am currently acting and modeling in Los Angeles and New York City and recording with my band the Scouts of St. Sebastian. My book “Going Raw: Everything You Need To Start Your Own Raw Food Diet & Lifestyle Revolution At Home” is available through Amazon and at most major bookstores throughout the US, Canada and UK. My book contains 100 recipes in full color with easy, step by step instructions. I even included a DVD to show you some basic raw food skills to get you up and running in no time. Learn how to make living, raw foods with customized private group classes

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