Raw Brownies With Avocado Frosting

Raw Brownies With Avocado Frosting

As much as I don’t like the cold, Winter and Fall are some of the best baking months because there’s sometimes nothing to do but stay in and sit next to the heater. Now that Spring’s here and the heat waves, too, no-bake recipes are suddenly ten times more appealing. 

I made these “brownies” over the weekend for a sweets fix that wouldn’t involve sifting flours and melting chocolate. It’s pretty much the same recipe I made 3 years ago with an extra avocado frosting on top. Avocados and dates definitely don’t sound like dessert ingredients, but you’d be surprised how rich and chocolaty these come out. 

Raw Brownies With Avocado Frosting

These are easier to stash and store without the frosting, which does go bad about as quickly as guacamole, so if you’re planning on waiting a while to eat these wait until the last minute to make the frosting. It’ll taste better if you do.   

Raw Brownies With Avocado Frosting

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 8-12 brownies):

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut butter(optional but recommended)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 2 Tablespoons agave or honey

Method:

  1. Blend the dates in a food processor until they are pulverized and start to stick together. The dates don’t have to be fresh but make sure you’re not using dry and stale ones or they won’t stick.
  2. Add the walnuts and coconut butter and continue blending until the dough starts to stick to itself. Add the water as necessary if your ingredients are too dry to clump.
  3. Lastly add 3 Tablespoons of cocoa powder and continue blending until it’s mixed in.
  4. Dump the processed ingredients onto a piece of parchment paper. With your hands, clump them together into a square or rectangle.
  5. Freeze the dough for 5-10 minutes until it’s firm and cut it into even sized squares. Store in the refrigerator for freshness.
  6. To make the “frosting”, mash the avocado into a smooth puree. Add the agave and remaining cocoa powder and mix thoroughly.
  7. Spread an even amount on top of each brownie square. Garnish with any extra walnuts.
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12 Responses to Raw Brownies With Avocado Frosting
  1. Liz S.
    May 20, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    Simple ingredients, decadent results.

  2. Keelie (Sweat Equals Success)
    May 20, 2015 | 2:11 pm

    WHAT ON EARTH? This looks insanely good. I may make some avocado frosting to enjoy a la carte.

  3. Violet Dosh
    May 24, 2015 | 1:24 am

    This sounds really good. And I’ve been curious about raw eating for awhile. Maybe I should actually do some research about it 🙂 Also, I’m not much into avocados so I’ve been thinking about ways to ‘hide’ them so I get the nutritional benefits of eating them. Might have to give these a try some time very soon!

  4. Woodrow Thorade
    May 25, 2015 | 12:17 am

    This look yummy Abi. How long does the avocado frosting last do you know? Just wondering as it may take us a few days to eat it all up.

    • Wannabe Chef
      May 31, 2015 | 9:56 pm

      I would say 48 hours tops for best flavor

  5. Christine (The Raw Project)
    May 25, 2015 | 10:39 am

    These look amazing, love the use of avocado for the frosting and that it’s a simple recipe. Thanks!

  6. Kristin
    June 4, 2015 | 3:46 am

    sooo ymmy. And simple. Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Shawnda Catus
    June 8, 2015 | 3:00 am

    This sounds really good. And I’ve been curious about raw eating for awhile. Maybe I should actually do some research about it 🙂 Also, I’m not much into avocados so I’ve been thinking about ways to ‘hide’ them so I get the nutritional benefits of eating them. Might have to give these a try some time very soon!

  8. Shawnda Catus
    June 8, 2015 | 3:14 am

    I can’t wait to try these. You really love avocado! I tried making avocado cupcakes… they didn’t work and ended up on my flop page ahaha!

  9. Buck Patches
    June 9, 2015 | 7:30 am

    Nice recipe! I will surely make this at home. I’ve tried several raw brownie recipes (my favorite chocolate pleasure). This is my all-time favorite

  10. Dustin Mofle
    June 9, 2015 | 8:08 am

    This look yummy. How long does the avocado frosting last do you know? Just wondering as it may take us a few days to eat it all up.

    • Wannabe Chef
      December 9, 2015 | 5:26 pm

      Unfortunately not long enough. I’d say after 24 hours it starts having a slightly off flavor