Delicious raw brownies made with almonds, coconut, cocoa powder, dates and vanilla! No baking and they store well.
Combine almonds, coconut and cocoa powder in food processor/blender and process until almonds are a fairly fine consistency. Remove mixture and set aside.
Add dates to the food processor/blender and process until dates become a paste. Add in the almond, coconut and cocoa powder mixture along with the remaining vanilla and salt. Pulse until just combined.
Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap, wax paper or parchment paper. Place mixture into loaf pan, press down firmly while smoothing out the surface. Put the brownies in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or so to harden a bit before cutting. Cut into 12 squares to make a 3-4 bite size brownie or cut into 24 squares for a 1-2 bite size brownie.
Optionally, you can sprinkle the brownies with cacao powder or place a walnut on top of each piece for decoration.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
You can also roll these into 1 inch balls and eat as is, or roll them in shredded coconut or cocoa/cacao powder. If rolling into balls you should get apprx. 18-24 balls.
Additional toppings you may like: shredded coconut, dusting of cocoa powder or chopped/whole raw almonds.
Depending on the type and freshness of your dates, you may need to soak them. To soften your dates, place dates in a medium size bowl and soak in hot water for a few minutes. I really prefer the medjool dates for their softness, they rarely need softening, but feel to use your favorite dates. Just be sure to soak before using them.