This weekend, Jason Wrobel is making history by debuting the first-ever vegan cooking show on the Cooking Channel. Here, in an exclusive recipe for VegNews readers, he shares a decadent, yet healthy, brownie recipe—one that’s packed with superfoods like cacao, maca, goji berries, and hemp seeds.
Makes 10 bars
What you need:
4-1/2 cups pecans
3/4 cup pitted dates, packed
3/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon maca powder
1 teaspoon ground vanilla powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 cup dried black cherries, goji berries, golden berries, or mulberries
1/4 cup hemp seeds, reserved
What you do:
- Grease an 8 x 8-inch glass baking dish with coconut oil. In a food processor, process pecans until slightly chunky and mealy (do not overprocess into pecan butter). Place ½ cup of the pecans in a separate bowl and set aside.
- While food processor is running, slowly add in dates, rocking base of the food processor to combine evenly.
- Add cacao, cinnamon, maca, vanilla, salt, and cayenne and process again until well combined. Fold in dried fruit, hemp seeds, and reserved pecans.
- Spread mixture into baking dish, pressing down with your palms. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set, and then cut into squares. Serve with non-dairy ice cream or vegan chocolate sauce.
Chef’s Tip: Why Cacao?
Cacao powder has a deep, rich flavor that works well in hot chocolate, ice cream, and all types of desserts. It’s loaded with magnesium and phenylethylamine, which are great for your heart, brain, and libido.
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