Let me explain where I’ve been this week… Last week I was so busy, but super excited to share some things with you this week when things calmed down. And then as I was getting ready for my first post of this week I noticed that one of my recipes had been stolen. Don’t get me wrong, I love when other bloggers use my ideas and even make them better. That’s what’s awesome about blogging and why the food blogging community is so great. But when someone else takes their own pictures, scales the ingredients down to make a half batch and then copies and pastes the instructions from my site and doesn’t mention where the idea came from hoping that you wont notice, it’s heartbreaking to see someone else getting a paycheck for your hard work. And then a couple days later I noticed something similar on another site with a different recipe from Food Doodles. So now all 3 of my most popular recipes have been stolen from me at one point or another by bloggers more successful than myself. I’m a bit ashamed to admit I spent the first part of the week having a pity party for myself and asking myself why I even blog. And then I remembered that I do love blogging. There are a couple bad bloggers that spoil the blogging community for everyone else, but I can’t let them get me down. If you’re a blogger, has this happened to you too? How do you deal with it?
And so I wanted to take the opportunity to say that I appreciate every one of you for supporting Food Doodles. I don’t say it enough. And I really appreciate anyone who properly shares (not copy and pasting my recipes and if you’re a blogger, by taking the time to rewrite recipes in your own words and giving credit) any of my posts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your own blog or wherever. I’m sorry it took a few bad eggs sharing my recipes improperly to appreciate all of you who share things properly! Thank you!
Moving on! These are such a simple little treat, I just love them! Like my popular Raw Coconut Brownies these are made in just a few minutes and can seriously be made while holding a baby/toddler, with another toddler hanging off your leg. No joke, it’s been done. And of course, they are amazing. So full of flavor for something with no sugar added. No flour, no baking, literally nothing that could be called bad for you. And coffee flavored? Ooh yeah 🙂
You will notice in the pictures that you can leave them as bars, but I almost think you should use a little less cocoa powder and instant coffee if you want to eat a whole bar as they are quite strong. I love these just as is, in little 1″ squares.
I even had one with my breakfast this morning 🙂 And I’m not ashamed to admit that.
Raw Vegan Espresso Brownies
- 3/4 C raw walnuts
- 1/2 C raw almonds
- 1 1/4 C pitted Medjool dates packed
- 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp instant coffee I used medium roast
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt
- In a food processor process the walnuts and almonds until no large pieces remain. Place the nut meal in a bowl.
- Place the pitted dates in the food processor and process again until no large pieces remain. The dates may even form a dough. Just break it up with a knife and continue with the recipe.
- Add the ground up nuts back to the food processor along with the cocoa powder, instant coffee, vanilla and sea salt. Process until all the ingredient are evenly distributed and the mixture it just starting to clump together.
- Prepare a loaf pan by lining it with wax paper, parchment or even plastic wrap then pour the crumbly mixture in. Press down firmly.
- You may turn out the brownies and slice immediately or if you prefer, refrigerate 30 minutes before slicing so that the mixture is firmer. Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the fridge.
I also crushed the instant coffee slightly with the back of a spoon to get rid of the large granules, but I'm not sure that was necessary so you can do that if you want.
These brownies do get a little drier once they sit overnight and if they're kept in the fridge so consider adding 1 tbsp water when adding the cocoa and coffee granules.
Try putting 1 brownie in the microwave for 5-10 seconds(depending on whether it was in the fridge or not) for an even more delicious treat!