Raw Black Forest Brownies

Raw Black Forest Brownies are a decadent chocolate cherry dessert that are gluten free, vegan, paleo and raw. They are naturally sweetened with dates and cherries which creates a smooth and rich brownie filled with crunchy almonds and chewy cherries for added texture. Raw Black Forest Brownies only contain 6 ingredients and they are really easy to make.

Raw Black Forest Brownies by @OutToLunchC #paleo glutenfree, Vegan, vegetarian, sugar free, nightshade free

Cherries

Cherries are a delicious fruit that contain flavonoid and carotenoid phytonutrients that have very strong anti-inflammatory properties. They contain concentrated amounts of polyphenol which is a group of nutrients that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer health benefits. A diet high in polyphenol has been proven to reduce the risk of heart diseases, degenerative diseases of the nervous system, and several types of cancer. Cherries actually help cure migraines and relieve the pain from arthritis and gout. The antioxidants found in cherries help prevent and repair the damage done by free radicals, keeping you looking young.

Raw Black Forest Brownies by @OutToLunchC #SugarFree, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, nightshade free

First gather the six ingredients – dried cherries, walnuts, cacao, salt, dates and almonds.

Raw Black Forest Brownies Ingredients by @OutToLunchC Cherries, almonds, cacao, walnuts, dates, salt

Start by soaking 1 cup of cherries in water for an hour, this helps soften them so they are easier to process into a smooth brownie batter. After the cherries are soaked, add 2 cups of nuts to your food processor and process into a granular flour. I like to use walnuts because they really complement the chocolate and cherry flavor.

Raw Black Forest Brownies Steps by @OutToLunchC walnuts, cacao and salt

Add 1 cup of cacao and 1/4 tsp of salt to the food processor and process until smooth.

Raw Black Forest Brownies Steps by @OutToLunchC cherries, walnuts, dates, cacao, salt and almonds

While the food processor is running slowly add 1 cup of soaked cherries and 1/2 cup of dates, roughly 4. Once the Raw Black Forest Brownie batter is smooth, fold in 1/2 cup of cherries and 1/2 cup of raw chopped almonds. Press the batter into lined 8×8 brownie pan and transfer into the freezer for 2 hours to set the  brownies.

Raw Black Forest Brownies in the pan by @OutToLunchC gluten free, vegan, dairy free, paleo, vegetarian, sugar free

Once the Raw Black Forest Brownies have set, remove them from the pan and cut into 9 or 12 brownies. Store in the freezer or in the fridge if you are serving them the same day.

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Raw Black Forest Brownies

Soaking time: 1 hour

Prep time: 10 min

Chill time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of dried cherries
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dates (roughly 4)
  • 1/2 almonds, chopped

Directions

  1. Soak 1 cup of cherries in water for an hour.
  2. Place 2 cups of walnuts in a food processor and process into a granular flour.
  3. Add 1 cup of cacao powder and 1/4 tsp of salt to the food processor and process until smooth.
  4. While the food processor is running, slowly add 1 cup of soaked cherries and 1/2 cup of dates and process until smooth.
  5. Fold in 1/2 cup of cherries and 1/2 cup of raw chopped almonds.
  6. Press the brownie batter into lined 8×8 brownie pan and freeze for 2 hours to set the  brownies.
  7. Remove from the freezer and cut into 8-12 Raw Black Forest Brownies and serve.

Raw Black Forest Brownies by @OutToLunchC #vegan gluten free, dairy free, paleo, raw, no cook

What is your favorite brownie recipe? Leave a comment with tricks, tips and feel free to add the link to your recipe!

If you are looking for more Valentine’s Day recipes check out my Cherry Macaroons or Avocado Chocolate Pudding.

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Raw Black Forest Brownies are also featured on Diet Dessert and Dogs, Raw Food Thursdays, Finding Vegan, FoodEpix, Dessert Stalker, Healthy Aperture and Tasteologie.

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10 Responses to “Raw Black Forest Brownies”

  1. Virginia G February 18, 2013 3:47 pm #

    Looks delicious! Do you discard the soaking water from the cherries?

    • Jesse February 18, 2013 4:09 pm #

      Hi Virginia, I didn’t use the cherry soaking water in the brownies but it would be delicious in a smoothie or with oatmeal.

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  3. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat February 24, 2013 11:17 am #

    Jesse,

    I can’t not WAIT to make these brownies! I adore cherries and chocolate and can only imagine how delicious these will be. Thanks so much for sharing them at Raw Foods Thursdays!

    Heather

    • Jesse February 24, 2013 12:19 pm #

      Thanks Heather, you won’t be disappointed! It was my first time sharing at Raw Foods Thursdays and I can’t wait to share some more! There are so many delicious recipes.

  4. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat February 27, 2013 9:35 pm #

    Jesse, I’m highlighting these at Raw Foods Thursday tomorrow. Thanks again for sharing them. I look forward to enjoying more of your submissions!

    • Jesse February 28, 2013 8:31 am #

      Yay, thanks so much Heather!

  5. Sophia July 17, 2013 10:49 pm #

    These look amazing! I would love to make them but, I only have fresh cherries on hand. Think it would work with an equal substitution of fresh for dried cherries?

    • Jesse July 18, 2013 6:12 am #

      Thanks Sophia! I would suggest using dates instead of cherries in step 4 and adding fresh cherries in step 5. SO you would need 1.5 cups of dates (roughly 12 dates) and 1/2 cup of fresh cherries. You really need the dried cherries in step 4 because it helps keep the brownie together. If you end up trying this I would love to know how it worked out!

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