What are the 2 main ingredients you see in every raw vegan brownie recipe? Well, besides cacao powder, that is? Dates and lots and lots of nuts. Well, I've mentioned before that dates aren't on my favorite list. They are ok, but I need an additional sweetener or for them to be camouflaged really well within a recipe. Also, I had a funny conversation with a friend on Instagram the other day about how they look like roaches to me. We both got a kick out of it. That kind of affects me anytime I use them. I know I can't be the only one to think that, right?
Well, even with all the huge date lovers out there, I've actually had some requests for date-free raw desserts! So, apparently I'm not the only one out there who isn't a huge fan. I wish I liked them more because they are the healthiest sweetener out there, and it's my goal this year to learn to use them more, so there is more natural sugar in my recipes. More on that down the road.
So, that brings me to this recipe. These Raw "Nutella" brownies are not nut-free, but instead of using mainly nuts for the base of these and obviously not using dates, I created them using mostly oat flour and maple syrup to sweeten. The chocolate and hazelnuts give that wonderful Nutella vibe to these brownies. I definitely am not calling these low-fat, but they are less fattening than my other raw brownies, Nutty Raw Brownies with Raspberry Glaze. I make the majority of my savory recipes very low fat, since those are my main source of food, but I allow a little more wiggle room with desserts. They are in fact, desserts and not to be overly consumed. By the way, have you made those yet? They are amazing. Now you have 2 raw brownie recipes to choose from on my blog!
This entire raw vegan brownie recipe, including the cream, is just 8 ingredients! By using the same ingredients in both the brownies and the cream, it keeps the recipe simple and without a ridiculous long list of ingredients.
For these Raw "Nutella" Brownies, I wanted to make them a little different, so I created this to-die-for chocolate hazelnut cream to go on top. The brownies are good on their own, but the cream really is part of the deal here and completes them. Instead of the traditional oil-based chocolate glaze you typically see on brownies, I created a rich chocolate coconut cream for the top.
The inspiration for this recipe came from this lovely jar of heaven. Rawguru sent me the most amazing nut butter concoction I have ever tasted in my life. I'm not just saying that because they sent it to me either. They asked me to review it and create a recipe with it. It honestly is so delicious, I'd almost declare it my new obsession! It is their Hazelnut Crunch flavor made by their Rawmio brand.
To describe it, I would say, dreamy. I nearly died after the first bite. It has such a depth of flavor and a wonderful sweetness from the coconut sugar. It is raw, organic and contains no added oils. It is made from coconut, hazlenuts, cacao nibs, coconut sugar, vanilla bean and sea salt. It is a nice pourable consistency at room temperature and becomes a thickened, almost fudge-like consistency in the fridge. I love that it is made with all whole, raw, organic ingredients too. It is not low fat or low calorie though, so don't eat it all at once, ok? I have been very good as preserving it.
I have been using Rawmio products for the past year and I'm totally serious when I say their products are top notch. They are all raw, organic and made with the freshest ingredients. I have tried everything from the drinking hot chocolate, nut butters and tahini. Everything you can purchase at Rawguru. Their raw tahini is THE BEST. I've tried making it at home and it just never, ever comes out as pure and smooth or fresh. I don't know how they do it, but mine always tastes bitter and overly strong and theirs is just perfection. It is in fact what I used to create my Chocolate Tahini Ice Cream!
I am so serious when I say this recipe is worth you ordering this stuff. It is truly unbelievably delicious. I don't earn a dime either, so that is truly my honest opinion!
Dessert is served....by Mr. Sexy Hands.
If you make these Raw "Nutella" Brownies With Chocolate Hazelnut Cream, I want to know about it! Leave me a comment below letting me know how they turned out or if you have any questions or comments. You can also tag me on Instagram at #thevegan8 so I can see your awesome creation. Y'all are overwhelming me lately with all of the tags and I love it!!
If you are looking for more brownies, be sure to check out my very popular Fudgy Coconut Butter Brownies. These wow everybody, everybody and become a go-to brownie recipe.