My dehydrator is a tool that I fall in and out of love with. When I first got into raw foods, I was always making something to snack on. Desserts in particular are a great thing to have handy when you get a craving for something sweet.
These raw chocolate brownies are super fudgy and delicious, but are great as a power snack any time of the day. I love them for breakfast with a big green juice-they give me energy all morning long.
When making these, I recommend really soaking the nuts and dates well, as the whole mixture will puree much more easily and smoothly. You may have to go in with your bare hands and try to break up the bananas with your fingers.
An offset spatula is also a very handy kitchen tool for spreading out desserts and snacks. It looks like a pie spatula!
- 4 cups walnuts
- 4 cups pecans
- 2 cups dates
- 1 cup raw chocolate powder
- ½ cup agave
- 2 Tablespoons maca powder
- 1 banana, chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- zest of 1 orange
- pinch of salt
- Soak pecans, walnuts and dates together covered in water for 1-2 hours. Drain in a colander when ready to use. Discard the water.
- Put this mixture together with the other ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. If you have a small food processor you may have to work in batches and mix everything together in a bowl at the end. You really do need to make this recipe in a processor as it's too thick to make in a blender.
- Spread the batter out on a solid dehydrator sheet ½” thick with a spatula and dehydrate for 8 hours at 118 degrees. Flip* once and finish dehydrating for another 8 hours. I usually cut them at the end in order to get the size I want.
- * a hint for flipping them safely is to put another dehydrator try on top of the brownies, kind of "sandwiching" the sheet of brownies. Flip the trays together and then carefully remove the solid sheet off of the brownies and return to the dehydrator to finish them.