{Recipe} Raw Brownie

If you are looking for a chocolate treat that isn’t laden with refined sugar, this is the recipe for you.

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Raw Brownie

This recipe is a Dreena Burton creation, from one of the most used cookbooks in my house, Let Them Eat VeganDreena calls it Frosted B-raw-nie, and mentions that she took home first prize when she entered this slice in a baking contest.

The frosting is moreish and decadent.

My children enjoy the brownie as an afternoon snack. I have also found it to be very popular with my non-vegan friends. It is scrumptious with a cup of vanilla rooibos tea or a soy latte.

I store it in the freezer, unsliced. Upon removal from the freezer, it can be sliced effortlessly with a sharp knife whenever a chocolate fix is required!

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The recipe is available here.

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Variations

CAROB – My children’s school does not permit them to bring chocolate-based foods to school in their lunchboxes. To ensure that this slice is suitable for their lunchboxes, I replace the cacao with carob.  I also jazz it up by sprinkling the top with shredded coconut. This is a delicious alternative.

VEGAN WHIPPED CREAM  – On one occasion when I was making the brownie, I decided to top the chocolate frosting with Orange-Scented Whipped Cream. This cream is based on Dreena Burton’s Lemon-Scented Whipped Cream (also in Let Them Eat Vegan).

I am a fan of the coupling of chocolate and orange. The ‘experiment’ was a success, and I still make the slice this way occasionally.

I trust that Orange-Scented Whipped Cream would be a delicious accompaniment to other chocolate-based treats. I also imagine that this cream would be delicious without the orange zest if a plain cream is required.

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To Assemble

Once the chocolate frosting has set on the brownie, spread the whipped cream over the top of the unsliced brownie. Place in the fridge to allow the cream to ‘set’. It will be ready to slice (and eat!) in a couple of hours. Store the uneaten portion in the fridge.

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I celebrated my birthday last week. My beautiful mum made a scrumptious Chocolate, Beetroot, and Walnut cake.

The cake is sweetened with maple syrup, rather then refined sugar. It uses spelt flour, and contains walnuts. And, beetroot!

It was very popular with the party-goers. The cake has an earthy, rich taste without being overly sweet.

My mum iced it with a rich chocolate ganache (rather than the icing mentioned in the recipe). She decorated it with chocolate shards and finely grated white chocolate (dairy free, of course).

My mum is quite the vegan baker. Chocolate cakes and cheesecakes are her specialties!

This was the second birthday cake that she baked this month. She also made a delicious car-shaped chocolate cake for my son’s 4th birthday earlier in the month.

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The recipe is available here.

What is your favourite flavour (or type) of birthday cake?

Each Monday, I feature a couple of delicious vegan recipes that are enjoyed by my own family. I hope your family enjoys them too.

Ally

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About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

24 Responses to {Recipe} Raw Brownie

  1. My favorite kind of birthday cake is any kind of cake! Intresting that the school doesnt allow chocolate, not a bad idea really, I wish the schools round here wouldnt allow kids to have energy drinks, they are so bad for your health! Afew of the shops have decided not to sell them to kids under 16.

    • Ally says:

      Hi!
      The school follows (and promotes) a yoga vegetarian diet, so a few foods are excluded – including meat (obviously), eggs, onions, garlic, mushrooms.

      Oh, I have heard a few negative things about energy drinks, including their role in promoting heart palpitations. I’m not a fan either. Ah, some people have them for breakfast!

      • Ive seen kids on the way too school just glugging down big cans, also that sounds like a pretty cool school, cept from the lack of mushrooms, I love mushrooms! Though im sure there’s a reason for not having them.

    • Ally says:

      Thank you!
      I hope you are well. I have some catching up to do on your blog. I hope your sister-in-law is having a great time, and is enjoying her green smoothies!

  2. liveblissful says:

    That looks delicious, i wish mum would make stuff like that for me lol my favourite cake is velvet chocolate, i have to try and make it myself soon

    • Ally says:

      Oh please do make it, and put it on your blog because I’d love to make a velvet chocolate cake. Just the name is making my mouth water!

  3. susykat says:

    YUM YUM YUM! The orange-scented whipped cream is genius! Your birthday cake looks spectacular 🙂

  4. Sophie33 says:

    Waw! It all looks amazing & those raw brownies are calling my name & mouth too! 🙂 They look just fabulous sp does your appetizing looking beetroot, chocolate & walnut cake: yummmm! xxx

  5. kitkatcait2690 says:

    Wow, that looks amazing!

  6. Happy belated birthday, Ally! Your mum is clearly a talented baker – that cake looks incredible 🙂

    My mind is blown that coconut cream can be whipped in the fashion you describe. I need to try this!

    I’d have to say my favourite birthday treat is Tiramisu. I wonder if a vegan version exists. Definitely something to look into!

    • Ally says:

      Thanks Hannah!
      Oh I’m glad you mentioned Tiramisu! I have a recipe for a vegan Tiramisu. I haven’t tried it yet but I am very keen to. I will make it soon and let you know how it goes.
      I have had a raw vegan Tiramisu twice in recent weeks- at the same cafe. It is amazing. My kids love it too.

      The coconut cream is awesome. I hope you like it, if you try it.
      🙂

  7. Linda says:

    Those brownies look amazing. I’ll have to get my resident young cook onto them. She also makes a chocolate beetroot cake – great combination. Yum!

    • Ally says:

      I have only had choc beetroot cake a handful of times over the years.
      The brownie is delicious. Definitely get Resident Young Cook onto it!

  8. Brittany says:

    OH MY GOSH ALLY this looks amazing. I love the whipped cream on top, and orange scented!?!?! WOW! You had me at brownie.

  9. bandnath says:

    This look’s amazing, I think I’m due for a chocolate fix!

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