Raw Vegan Chocolate Frosted Brownies

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on June 4, 2013


For a while now I’ve been wanting to do more raw desserts.  Larabar type things are great, but there are so many options when it comes to raw desserts that I want to try!  I hope you wont mind as I experiment more with raw treats.  I can’t wait to try some more in the summer months when there’s so much fresh, amazing fruit available.


Speaking of fresh fruit, if you couldn’t tell from the pictures, these brownies are so amazing with fresh strawberries!


Of course my version of raw isn’t always completely raw.  I do use cocoa powder because, let’s face it, I really can’t afford cacao powder at the rate we would go through it.  And maple syrup isn’t technically raw either.  So if you want things actually raw, keep that in mind.  That kind of thing doesn’t bother me because this brownie is incredibly healthy already and that’s good enough for me.


So moving on… I just want to let you know I made these in a loaf pan as you can see above.  I find raw desserts take us a lot longer to eat around our house.  Partially because my hubby is pretty picky when it comes to desserts, but mostly because they actually satisfy your sweet tooth without making it worse.  You can of course double this recipe and make it in an 8×8 pan.  And they do freeze well(and taste SO yummy straight out of the freezer since the avocado doesn’t freeze solid) so making more might be a good thing 🙂


I know the topping looks ever so slightly gritty, but trust me you could not tell.  I stopped processing a little prematurely because I was afraid of blowing up my little mini food processor.  I was lazy and wanted to make the frosting without washing my regular food processor so I used the processor that came with my immersion blender but this frosting needs to blend a little longer than it can handle to be completely smooth.  Just blend until you can’t see any flecks of green and you’ll have the most amazingly smooth frosting ever.  And even if it doesn’t look totally smooth, it will be just as good.


Forgive me, I couldn’t pick any pictures to exclude from the post!  Enjoy!

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Frosted Brownies
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Servings: 8 -12 small brownies
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 1/2 C walnuts
  • 1/4 C almonds
  • 1 C soft Medjool dates
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder to be truly raw
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash vanillaFrosting:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder or cacao to be truly raw
  • 1/4 C + 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • dash vanilla
  • pinch sea salt
  1. Prepare a loaf pan by lining with parchment or plastic wrap for easy removal.
  2. In a food processor first blend the nuts until no large pieces remain. Place the nuts in a bowl. Add the date and process until a "dough" forms - this will happen after the dates are broken up into small pieces, just continue processing.
  3. Once the dates are fully processed, break up the dough with a knife then add the nuts, cocoa, salt and vanilla and process until thoroughly combined. The mixture may not stick together but will hold together when pinched.
  4. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and press down firmly.
  5. For the frosting, process the avocados, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla and salt until completely smooth and no green pieces remain, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed. Pour the mixture over the brownies and smooth out. Cover by placing a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the frosting so that no air can touch it as it will oxidize. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until ready to serve.
  6. These brownies will last up to 4-5 days covered in the fridge or can be frozen well wrapped for up to 2 months. The top of the avocado frosting may turn darker as the avocado oxidizes but this does not affect the taste


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1 Ella May 31, 2014 at 07:30

These are sooooooo GOOD! Thank you so much for this recipe!


2 Janet May 15, 2014 at 20:12

Any idea of the calorie count in these??


3 Theresa @ Two Much Fun March 18, 2014 at 05:21

Thank you Heidi! This was so yummy. I love that it was a natural, chocolate on chocolate dessert. We must have had huge avocados because it made a ratio of 3:1 pudding to brownie. The kids loved it!


4 peaceloveandsmoothies December 30, 2013 at 18:38

SO bookmarking this – looks great!


5 julia November 22, 2013 at 15:36

looks delicious, do you know if it freezes well?


6 Lisa October 31, 2013 at 10:14

I just tried making these yesterday and WOW…they are insanely good…the “icing” really tastes sinful…My only issue is that there seemed to be a lot more icing than brownie mix. I think it would be best to almost double the brownie mixture. Mine didn’t quite “glue” well together. I accidentally mixed everything in the food processor instead of doing the nuts individually.

This treat is a new favorite and is ADDICTED!! Thank you so much for sharing!! It’s the best vegan “brownie” I have tried in a long time!


7 Anja August 14, 2013 at 03:10

Gorgeous pictures 🙂


8 Claudette July 8, 2013 at 15:37

I just saw this & am making my list now! Going to pick everything up tomorrow & make these. Can’t wait they look delicious! Thanks Hedi


9 KeiKei June 29, 2013 at 08:04

This is great! I used to work at a raw vegan restaurant and we made brownies. But our recipe involved adding the dates to the walnuts and processing. But the walnuts usually ended up releasing their oil after being processed for too long. You solved this by processing the dates separately first. Smart! Thanks for the tip!


10 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 2, 2013 at 20:32

That’s exactly why I process the dates separately! I’m not sure if it had anything to do with it but it seems to take forever to process things in my small food processor so I was always getting greasy looking brownies. Not anymore! 🙂 Thanks for your input!


11 berealyoga June 12, 2013 at 01:40

These look splendid! My piece will be 4x that size! 😉


12 Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today June 10, 2013 at 13:56

Vegan, healthy and with chocolate – life is good 🙂


13 Sean Williams June 6, 2013 at 15:20

Tempting to go Vegan…


14 Holiday Baker Man June 6, 2013 at 10:15

a vegan recipe I can get behind!


15 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies June 5, 2013 at 16:05

Oh yes, please post lots and lots of raw dessert recipes! 😀 I’ve been on a raw dessert kick too. I think this might help me get over my aversion to avocados. 🙂


16 Heather June 5, 2013 at 09:06

Um yea please! These look and sound incredible 🙂


17 mellissa @ ibreatheimhungry June 5, 2013 at 05:25

These look AMAZING Heidi! I have to try these – I bet my 5 year old would LOVE them! It always makes me feel good to give him something so healthy as a treat – and I bet he’ll never know the difference!


18 Kathryn June 5, 2013 at 02:34

Love the look of these – such a perfect summer dessert when you don’t feel like turning the oven on!


19 Joanne T Ferguson June 5, 2013 at 00:49

G’day! Raw foods desserts, always like to see, TRUE!
This brownie looks YUM and can go for one right now too!
Cheers! Joanne


20 Jessica June 4, 2013 at 20:37

What a great idea! And vegan too! I have some vegan friends that come over every now and then for dinner. This would be a great dessert for them. Thanks!


21 Ari @ Ari's Menu June 4, 2013 at 19:33

First of all, these are goooorgeous, and I love the way the photos came out! Also, ummm, yes please? I’m not usually too tempted by raw desserts, but you have me changing my tune!


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