Chocolate Hazelnut Raspberry Brownies

Chocolate Hazelnut Raspberry Brownies

Chocolate Hazelnut Raspberry Brownies! Only 8 ingredients. These are dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, flour-less and oil-free.

Today's recipe is in honor of the Virtual Vegan Potluck....and Mother's Day! If you have been following my blog since last year, you may remember my recipe from the last potluck, Chocolate Espresso Biscotti. These bars are serious business....very serious about the hazelnut flavor and of course, chocolate. 3 layers....a bottom chocolate crust, dreamy chocolate hazelnut middle layer and layered on top with roasted chopped hazelnuts and fresh raspberries. Using a strong dark chocolate not only intensifies the hazelnut flavor, but makes a beautiful companion with the raspberries. O.M.G. These are insane. Go make them!

I debated many times over what to make and somewhere between all my kitchen madness, I decided to take a jumping point off of my Cinnamon Hazelnut Cookies. I've been getting an insane amount of views on them and they have been such a hit with those that have made them, so I figured, hazelnut butter is coming back! Totally different recipe though, obviously. When I saw these raspberry beauties at the store, that got me excited to make these bars. They taste incredible, so juicy and fresh.

You will become best friends with your refrigerator...as you keep going back for another bite....after another...

These are the chocolate chips I used. It is a deep chocolate flavor, but mildly sweet. It is perfect for this recipe. I highly recommend 60-65% cacao because that is what makes the bars rich. I only added 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar to mine because coconut sugar has a wonderful caramel flavor. These are incredibly dense and rich, I seriously couldn't finish one bar all at once...which is probably a good thing!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Raspberry Brownies

Vegan, Gluten-free, Grain-free CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT RASPBERRY BROWNIES! Only 8 ingredients. These are dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free and oil-free.
Servings 12 brownies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups chopped raw hazelnuts
  • 1 1/4 cups raw whole almonds
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup pure grade B maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar this may be optional or adjustable, depending on the chocolate you use.
  • Just under 3/4 cup dark bittersweet chocolate chips or your favorite chocolate bar I used 65% cacao chocolate chips which are slightly sweet and a deep chocolate flavor. I would advise against semi-sweet chocolate chips as they are too sweet for these bars in my opinion and don't have a deep chocolate flavor
  • 3 oz fresh organic raspberries
  • Note: Make sure to follow the recipe closely as the hazelnuts are divided into steps after roasting.

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Spread the hazelnuts out evenly. Bake 8-10 minutes on the lower rack until fragrant, being careful not to burn them. Leave the oven on at 350 degrees for the next steps.
  2. While the hazelnuts are roasting, grind the almonds into a flour in a food processor. It should only take a minute or two. Add the almond flour to a large bowl with the salt, baking powder, cocoa and stir well.
  3. Once the hazelnuts are finished roasting, add only 1 cup of them to a food processor. Pulse for a few minutes, scraping the sides as necessary, until a paste forms. Add the syrup and vanilla and pulse again until it becomes very creamy and smooth. Do not stop too early, it should be smoother than almond butter. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients of the bowl and stir well, it will be very thick.
  4. Line an 8X8 square baking pan with parchment paper going in both directions for easy removal later. Add the batter to the pan, place a sheet of parchment paper over it and press the mixture flat and out to the edges with your hands. Start from the center and work your way around. Even if it seems there isn't enough dough, keep pressing the mixture around evenly. You can also use a pastry roller over the paper to get it smooth and flat. I slightly dampened my fingertips to press the dough along the edges. Bake on the middle rack for 10 minutes.
  5. While the dough is baking, prepare the 2nd layer of hazelnut chocolate. Add another cup (the remaining 1/4 will be for garnish) of the roasted hazelnuts to the food processor and again, pulse until very creamy and smooth. Do not stop at the thick paste stage, keep going, and scrape the sides as needed. After a few minutes it will become silky smooth. Once it's smooth, add the sugar (if using). Taste and add another tablespoon if you want it slightly sweeter. In a small bowl, add the hazelnut butter, chocolate chips and stir together.
  6. Pour over the pre-baked bottom layer and spread out. Doesn't have to be perfect because it will be melted when baked. Bake for 10 mins. Remove and spread the melted chocolate hazelnut all over the bottom layer. Place the reserved 1/4 cup hazelnuts and raspberries evenly all over the melted chocolate. Chill in the fridge to set and firm up for 1-2 hours before slicing. Mine took 1 1/2 hours. Keep stored in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition per serving: 301 calories/ 21g fat/ 8g protein/ 22 carbs

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92 Comments

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  2. You totally did it with this recipe!
    • Thank you so much Sarah! It's definitely got to be one of my favorites, if not my favorite!! :)
  3. What a winning recipe :DCheers CCU
  4. Delicious! Happy Potluck! X
  5. very cool dessert :) delicious :)
    • Thanks Thom...VERY DELISH! :)
      • Yes the chocolate, nuts and raspberries would work so good together. When I make some food I really like it when a few friends and family drop by and give me their opinion. ;) thanks
  6. You knocked it out of the park with this one. First of all the bars sound so delicious but I have to say your photos are amazing. I love this recipe, have some 70% bittersweet from Divine that are earmarked now for these bars.
    • Thank you so much Suzanne! I really enjoyed photographing this one, but kept getting chocolate on my fingers, lol! I hope you try it and love it! It is pretty amazing and gotta be a favorite of mine that I've ever made. You may want to add 2 tablespoons of sugar if you use 70% but the dark chocolate really makes them SO deep and rich, oh my! :)
  7. Ula
    That looks so delicious. If I was at the potluck for real, I think I'd just skip to dessert.
  8. YUM YUM YUM!
  9. Brandi! Its so great to see your post. These bars are gorgeous and mouth-watering. And your photos are a killer. I really love your setting. The vibrant red of the raspberry over the chocolate stands out beautifully over the elegant white background. Brilliant work my friend! :)
    • Aww thank you so much for noticing hat Danny! That was my EXACT intention! The colors just weren't as vibrant against my table backdrop, so I changed everything. THANK YOU! :)
  10. Yum! These look so good! Fresh raspberries and hazelnuts sound like a great combo!
    • Thanks Kathryn! It's my first time combining them, and definitely won't be my last :)
  11. I knew I could count on you to bring a delicious vegan treat!! These look great!
  12. This is a winner without a doubt!
  13. Beautiful! Looks so tasty!
  14. Brandi, love the addition of Grade B maple syrup; SO much better than Grade A =) And gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing, lovely; hope all is well xo!
  15. I love the bright drops of red against the dark brown - luscious! Thank you so much for joining us at the Potluck!
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  17. I would love to have a bite right now! This looks super!
  18. I am so happy I have a bag of hazelnuts in my fridge because this recipe is a "must make immediately" type of recipe!
  19. Omg, these look divineeee! I need to try them asap! Chocolate, hazelnut and raspberries?! So yummy! Happy VVP~- alexis http://www.sugarcoatedvegan.com
  20. They are beautiful Brandy! Looking sinful and yet so healthy and good! How is it even possible? You are amazing! :-)
    • You're so sweet Anne! They really taste just as rich and decadent as any indulgent treat...without the sick tummy after!
  21. These look wonderful!
  22. That looks like it was a seriously delicious photo shoot Brandi. Gorgeous flavor/texture combination. I just scrolled back to have a third look!
    • Wow, thanks Saskia for the compliments! From you, that means a lot!
    • Oh, and yes, it was a delicious and messy shoot...I had to keep licking the chocolate off my fingers, as I was rearranging the bars...tough life! Haha! :)
  23. love the flavour combo in these bars, and they look delicious. thanks for sharing.
  24. The gluten-free, oil-free brownies are simply incredible, Brandi! As are your beautiful photos. I need to move in with you so that I can still indulge in delicious desserts like this but guilt-free. I hope you have an amazing Mother's Day - you deserve to be pampered and spoiled everyday but today in particular.
  25. Oh wow!these look great. Once our raspberries are ripe I will definitely be back!
  26. Those shots make me want to jump up and get it in the kitchen and start baking right now!!
  27. Looks awesome Brandi!! All the best. Shane
  28. Oooh Brandi! These bars look very appetizing, amazing & fantastic at the same time! You know what I crave,....! A must make! Yummy!
  29. Yum!!! I LOVE raspberries and chocolate together and these look SO fudgy and delicious. Why are hazelnuts so expensive?? If not for that cost barrier, these would probably become a weekly habit :)
    • Thanks Erika! They are..they are dense and fudgy and so delicious!! I know, all nuts are expensive mostly except almonds. But when you think about buying a pastry or dessert slice from Starbucks for $3 or something, just for 1 piece, that's way more expensive than making a whole pan at home, not to mention way healthier :) I just buy a large bag of them and they last me awhile and I get man uses out of them :)
  30. This definitely looks like a 'healthy flavor' delight! It looks elegant and decadent! Yum!
  31. These look like Valentine's Day! :)
  32. Tiffany
    These bars are so delicious and healthy! I can't wait to make these again! Brandi you rock!
    • Thank you so much Tiffany! So glad you already made them and loved them! Thanks for sharing the link on Facebook. I appreciate it! :)
  33. Looks so good...
  34. Oh my goodness, I finally made it to your page! I promise I wasn't ignoring you, just trying to go through the potluck in order. GRILLLL. These bars are the absolute shiz! I can't believe how beautifully they turned out. All those worries were for nothing! I knew you'd pull it together! xx
    • Thanks so much Somer, no worries! There were a lot of entries! Thanks girl...I was stressed, but once I saw these raspberries, it was like "poof"! I knew what I wanted to do! xoxo
  35. These looks ridiculous! YUM! :D
  36. Delicious combination of flavors! Looks super yummy.
  37. Oh my! These look amazing. I LOVE chocolate, hazelnut and raspberry together. How did you know? I wish these were at my house and I am so glad they aren't at my house right now. I would eat the whole pan.:)
  38. delish! I bet no can eat just one.
  39. You create the best desserts, Brandi! I already know I'll love this one. Berries, chocolate and nuts? Yes, please. I can't wait to pick up some raspberries and make them! Have a terrific weekend!
    • Thanks a million Hannah! Enjoy them...I appreciate you trying so many of my recipes! Desserts are definitely my specialty...I guess because I'm so passionate about baking!
  40. YUM! These look so rich. I would definitely pick this at a potluck. You got my vote!
  41. Took me a week to get here, slowly working through the recipes sequentially. This is worth the trip! Thank you for the recipe.
  42. Wow!!! Brandi, I knew your post would be amazing! (Was waiting to stop by and check it out until I made it this far in the potluck, because I'm going in order, OCD-style...) Anyway, this recipe didn't disappoint! :)Beautiful, beautiful photos, and beautiful bars, too! They look super chocolately and nutty (the best flavor combination...) and I like that you added fresh raspberries, too! So lovely and impressive.
    • Aww thanks so much Allison for the beautiful compliments!! I'm still making my rounds too...taking awhile because there are so many entries! Thank you again! :)
  43. Looks delicious. So happy I found your blog with healthy, taste recipes. I will have to save this for the next time I buy some chocolate.
  44. Wow, these look delectable!
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