Smoked Paprika Chocolate Brownie

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There is nothing more satisfying than indulging in a brownie such as this knowing that it is rich in omega 3’s, protein, fiber and energy giving life-forces.   This brownie can made and enjoyed right away or it can be chilled so the caramel has a little more time to stiffen up a bit. Keep some handy for those unexpected (or maybe expected…) brownie cravings hit.

 

Ingredients

Brownies
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, soaked & dehydrated
  • 1 cup raw raw cashews, soaked & dehydrated
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1-2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 cups packed medjool dates, pitted
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey or raw coconut nectar for vegan
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
Caramel Frosting
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or raw dark agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup date paste
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt

Instructions

Caramel Frosting
  1. Place the almond butter, sweetener, date paste, vanilla and salt in a high-powdered blender and process until smooth.
  2. Stop occasionally to scrap the sides down.
  3. Store in the fridge in a glass container. Good for approximately 2 weeks.
  4. To soften, leave out at room temperature for a few hours.
Brownies
  1. Dates ~ if the dates are tough or more on the dry side, cover with enough hot water to re-hydrate them for 10 minutes. Once ready to use, discard the soak water and hand-squeeze the excess water out before adding to the recipe.
  2. In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, place the walnuts and cashews in and process until they broken down to very small pieces. They won’t grind down to a powder due to the natural oils in them. But be careful that you don’t over process and start making walnut butter.
  3. Add cacao, smoked paprika, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt.
  4. Pulse together so all the spices get mixed in well.
  5. Remove the lid and lay the dates around the bowl of the food processor. Add the coconut oil, lemon juice, honey and vanilla.
  6. Return the lid and pulse a few times, then process until the dough starts to clump together in a ball.
  7. Line the 8×8 baking pan with plastic wrap or wax paper. Press the brownie batter down firmly and evenly.
Assembly
  1. Pour the caramel frosting on the brownie, cover and chill in the fridge for 4+ hours. If you wish to eat it right away, that is fine too.
  2. Dust with cacao powder and sprinkle crushed walnuts on top.
  3. Cut into squares and enjoy.
  4. Store leftovers in the fridge for 5-7 days. Be sure to keep them covered.
About Amie Sue

I am a certified raw food chef but my real training takes place daily in my home kitchen where I unleash my passion for preparing healthy dishes.  I personally believe that each person needs to discover how to feed their own body.  We don't live in a world were one diet fits all.  We are all so unique and individualized and our daily menus must cater to that if we want to live in optimal health.  I strongly believe that we need to add in fresh, whole foods into our day to day eating and in return this will automatically start to crowd out the not so ... optimal foods.  It is all a journey and that journey ought to be fun, exciting and filled with great tasting food!  Through my recipes I hope you find inspiration that will make your journey a positive and healthy one! Blessings, Amie Sue

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