Chocolate Brownies with Crunchy Walnuts

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Wow, these are some of my favourite brownies I’ve made, it’s just so juicy and RICH! Haha, juicy almost sounds like an odd word to describe these! I just wanted to try making brownies with mostly walnuts as I’ve seen so many recipes with that!

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I also really love a chocolate layer topping! I just find when desserts have that, it becomes super fulfilling. Perhaps it’s the “OO CHOCOLATE ONLY” kind of taste! Also, the little bit of walnuts on the top gives it a crunch!

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Goji berry powder is optional, but it’s healthy so if you do have it lying around, feel free to add. I love to fill my chocolates with all types of healthy powders, it’s not like you can really taste it anyway, haha!

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For blending the brownies, I used Vitamix with my food tamper. I know the ingredients may be difficult for some blenders to work, so you may want to double the recipe, though don’t eat it all at once, share it with others!

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Chocolate Brownies with Crunchy Walnuts

1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup old fashioned oats/oat flour
2 tablespoons cacao/cocoa/dark cocoa powder
1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
1 tablespoon flaked/shredded coconut
1 tablespoon goji berry powder (optional)
1 tablespoon flaxseeds
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
6 pitted dates
A small pinch Himalayan/sea salt

Chocolate Layer
1 tablespoon vegan dark chocolate chips (eg Enjoy Life)
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon cacao/cocoa/dark cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla powder (or pure vanilla extract)

Topping
A few sprinkles cacao nibs
1-2 tablespoons walnuts

Combine the walnut, oats/oat flour, cacao/cocoa, olive oil, coconut, goji berry powder (if using), flaxseeds, pure vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, dates and salt in the blender.

Blend until the mixture becomes sticky, there should still be a few lumps, which is totally alright.

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Meanwhile, put the chocolate chips in a tiny microwave safe bowl, and heat it for a minute or so, then use a spoon to stir until it completely melts. Doing this early lets the chocolate cool down a little.

Back to the blended mixture – spoon it into a mini bread pan that has a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom. Even the top with a spoon so it’s flat, then put it in the freezer while preparing the chocolate layer.

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For the chocolate mixture, add the coconut oil, cacao/cocoa powder, maple syrup and ground vanilla powder/vanilla extract in the same bowl with the melted chocolate chips, then stir until it’s mixed evenly.

Allow the mixture to cool down, you may want to put it in the freezer for 5 minutes. The liquid should be thick to stir.

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When the brownies have cooled down enough and the chocolate layer has thickened, drizzle the chocolate on top of the brownies and spread so that it covers everything.

Add individual pieces of walnuts across the top, then sprinkle some cacao nibs on top. Put it back in the freezer for 10 minutes or less, until it hardens to what you desire. Cut into bars and serve.

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Note: There’s quite a lot of substitution options in this recipe, such as the cacao powder for cocoa (though cacao is healthier, IMO), and you can use any type of light tasting oil if you like. With the goji berry powder, you can omit if you don’t have it.

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Chocolate Brownies with Crunchy Walnuts
Serves: 2
 

Ingredients
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats/oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons cacao/cocoa/dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon flaked/shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon goji berry powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 6 pitted dates
  • A small pinch Himalayan/sea salt
Chocolate Layer
  • 1 tablespoon vegan dark chocolate chips (eg Enjoy Life)
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cacao/cocoa/dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground vanilla powder (or pure vanilla extract)
Topping
  • A few sprinkles cacao nibs
  • 1-2 tablespoons walnuts

Instructions
  1. Combine the walnut, oats/oat flour, cacao/cocoa, olive oil, coconut, goji berry powder (if using), flaxseeds, pure vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, dates and salt in the blender.
  2. Blend until the mixture becomes sticky, there should still be a few lumps, which is totally alright.
  3. Meanwhile, put the chocolate chips in a tiny microwave safe bowl, and heat it for a minute or so, then use a spoon to stir until it completely melts. Doing this early lets the chocolate cool down a little.
  4. Back to the blended mixture – spoon it into a mini bread pan that has a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom. Even the top with a spoon so it’s flat, then put it in the freezer while preparing the chocolate layer.
  5. For the chocolate mixture, add the coconut oil, cacao/cocoa powder, maple syrup and ground vanilla powder/vanilla extract in the same bowl with the melted chocolate chips, then stir until it’s mixed evenly.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool down, you may want to put it in the freezer for 5 minutes. The liquid should be thick to stir.
  7. When the brownies have cooled down enough and the chocolate layer has thickened, drizzle the chocolate on top of the brownies and spread so that it covers everything.
  8. Add individual pieces of walnuts across the top, then sprinkle some cacao nibs on top. Put it back in the freezer for 10 minutes or less, until it hardens to what you desire. Cut into bars and serve.
  9. Note: There’s quite a lot of substitution options in this recipe, such as the cacao powder for cocoa (though cacao is healthier, IMO), and you can use any type of light tasting oil if you like. With the goji berry powder, you can omit if you don’t have it.


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3 comments

  1. narf7

    Just picked a stack of walnuts the other day so now I know what to do with some of them. Cheers for this recipe :)

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