My friend, LJ, who just recently went vegan, made these brownies last week. After both her kids and her meat-eating husband loved them, she passed the recipe on to me. I have to admit, I was slightly skeptical, but I figured I'd give them a try. And I'm glad I did. Not only are they super easy to make, but they taste really really good. There's plenty of versions on the internet for these things, but I switched it up a bit adding some dried cherries. I'm sure you could substitute any other dried fruit as well and have some great tasty variations.
This is also the first entry in a new feature that will be popping up from time to time here on 28 Cooks, entitled "Just Because It's Vegan." These will be recipes that will be strictly vegan, but will satisfy almost everyone.
Raw Vegan Brownies
1/2 c dried dates
1/2 c dried cherries
1/4 c carob powder (or cocoa powder)
1 c walnuts
3 tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
Process all in food processor until ingredients are well mixed and chopped. Press into a small square baking pan and freeze for 1 hour. Slice brownies into 12 pieces. Store in fridge.
Nutritional information per serving - 119 calories, less than 1 g saturated fat, 2 grams of protein