Raw Brownies

Every time I bite into something that is sweet, chocolatey and scrumptious that is completely made out of natural goodness it tastes all that much better knowing that there is no processed sugars or contrived ingredients. That is what happened tonight when I bit into these raw brownies. They were so good I helped myself twice. They are truly heavenly.  Enjoy!

11/2 cups raw walnuts, unsoaked
dash sea salt
10 pitted medjool dates, unsoaked
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa, carob or cacao powder
1/2 tsp vanilla or cherry extract (optional)
2 tsp water (for a moister brownie; optional)
1/4 cup chopped dried cherries (optional)

Chop 1/4 cup of the walnuts and set aside. Place the remaining walnuts and the salt in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process until finely ground. Add the dates and process until the mixture sticks together. Add the cocoa powder and optional vanilla and process until evenly distributed. Add the water, if using and process briefly.
Pack the mixture firmly into a square container. Add the reserved chopped walnuts and dried cherries to the top. Store in a sealed container. Brownies will keep for up to one week in the refrigerator or one month in the freezer.  Raw Food Made Easy

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