Recipe Directions

  • 1. Place sunflower seeds in food processor. Process into a fine meal, might be slightly grainy.
  • 2. Add cashews and continue to process into a fine meal.
  • 3. Add dates a few at a time and continue processing until the dates are well processed and the mixture resembles a coarse cookie dough. You should barely be able to recognize the dates or seeds/nuts, everything should look small and crumbly.
  • 4. Add the cacao, coconut, coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract and sea salt. Process again until everything is well distributed and fine. The cacao should have made everything look dark chocolatey color, and the mixture should still resemble slightly crumbly cookie dough and should stick together when you pinch it between your fingers.
  • 5. Dump mixture into a big mixing bowl. Add the optional goji berries and hemp hearts. Mix with a spoon until superfoods are well distributed.
  • 6. Dump superfood brownie mixture into two square glass pans or pie plates or brownie dishes.
  • 7. With clean hands. press mixture down into pans so that mixture will stick together and will resemble brownies or squares.
  • 8. Ideally, you will now refrigerate them right away for at least an hour minimum. (This will make them easier to slice.)

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

The chocolatey flavor and a little bit of satisfying crunch combine to make these the perfect raw dessert recipe of all time. 

I don't really believe in the crazy power of superfoods and I don't use them very often--mostly because they are so expensive. But it is fun to add some variety to recipes by adding some extraordinary ingredients like hemp hearts and goji berries on occasion. The below raw brownie recipe does call for some exotic (AKA expensive!) ingredients. If you're on a budget or don't have them in the house,  you can omit the goji berries and the hemp hearts, and the recipe will still come out fine but it just won't be a superfoody or as crunchy :)

This is a pretty easy raw superfood brownie recipe. Just process most of the ingredients in a food processor, then mix in the goji berries, hemp hearts (and optional additional sweetener) by hand. Then press into two glass brownie dishes and refrigerate.

Also, if you're feeling extra enthused you can whip up an icing to go on top (raw chocolate icing or raw vanilla icing or raw strawberry sauce). (However, icing is definitely not necessary.)

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Nutrition Facts

Nutritional score: 79 out of 100
  • This recipe is very low in Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Calories.
  • This recipe is a good source of Protein, Iron, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Dietary Fiber.

Amounts per 66 g (2 oz) suggested serving

NameAmount% Daily
Calories 278 11 %
Protein 7 g 13 %
Fat 16 g 20 %
Carbohydrates 32 g 9 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g 18 %
Sugars 21 g
Calcium 32 mg 3 %
Iron 2.7 mg 21 %
Sodium 53 mg 2 %
Source: The Rawtarian, USDA

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Hi Juice, glad it helps! Garbanzo beans are not considered raw.

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Hi Juice,

Can you eat seeds? (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc)

1. You may find this podcast helpful: https://www.therawtarian.com/rfp05-nut-substitutions  (you can download it in iTunes - look for "raw food podcast" - episode 5)

2. Generally, these groups of nuts can be substituted for one another:

  • creamy nuts: cashews, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, etc.
  • flour-like nuts: almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc.
  • oily nuts: walnuts, pecans, etc.
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i have a superbad nut allergy is there any advice on how to substatute nuts in these raw recipies?

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I didn't know where to post this so I picked this spot. I was told that a great substitute for coconut oil would be cacao butter. I looked over a few of your recipes and didn't see it used anywhere. Now, that being said, how would I use it in say a truffle? It comes in chunks - can you only melt it and then use it in a brownie recipe such as this where you would spread and chill?

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Hi Janet, I must admit that I have never used cacao butter, which is why you never see it included in my recipes. (I am not against it, just haven't tried it!) If it solidifies when cooled (which it sounds like it does) and liquifies when warm, then I would assume that it would be a good substitute. Perhaps you can warm it a bit to test. For example, fill a large dish with warm water. Place a small bowl inside the dish, like this... Then, if your water is warm enough, it should melt and become liquidy from the heat of the hot water... hopefully!

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Loved the sound of these but was told to soak dates before, so I did this and followed the recipie but if course was bit sloppy, but rolled in extra cacao and coconut makes wonderful individual truffles, loving looking through all the recipies by the way

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Sounds like you fixed the problem perfectly, Emma :) Well done and thanks for sharing.

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DELICIOUS!
First recipe I tried from your site and love it. Made a few substitutions (did ½ sunflower seeds and ½ pepitas soaked overnight and then dehydrated to dry a bit). Did a ¼ of shredded coconut and a ¼ hemp seeds to bump up the Superfood side of things. Plus swapped goji berries (which I don’t like at all) with Bee pollen. Biggest challenge was getting them into a pan as I was gobbling right out of the mixing bowl. My new breakfast bar! Thank you!!!

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Awesome Mel! Glad to have you here, and you chose a delicious recipe to start with! Nice subs.

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I guess I could freeze them?

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Hi Rosalie, if you freeze you will probably want to thaw out a bit before freezing since they get rock hard in freezer. Hope this helps!

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Hi Laura

Delicious recipe!

Why do you say that these last only 5 days in the fridge? Considering the ingredients I would've thought they'd last longer. I'm concerned as I've made a double batch and there's only me to eat them!!! I made the simple raw brownie the other day and it didn't make enough, hence doubling up...

Thanks for all you do.

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I made these last week with cacao nibs and black chia seeds they were fantastic!! Not to sweet and the crunch of the cacao nibs made them. Even friends and colleagues at work tried them and raved. I am new to raw cooking and am loving your recipes. Thank you!

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Hi Anna, Glad to have you here and that you are spreading the raw word :)

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You are welcome Lorene!

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Delicious Thank you laura

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I was wondering just in case chia or hempseeds aren't available, can flaxseeds be used?

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Hi Debra! For this recipe I would not use flax seeds, since I am not a huge fan of their flavor. Instead of the chia/hemphearts use more dried coconut instead :)

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This is my first recipe I have tried from your collection and I am VERY impressed. Delicious. Husband loves it. Great flavour great texture and now I can't wait to try your plain raw brownie, all though I do enjoy everything the superfoods add!

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Thanks Bob! I hope you are enjoying the app :)

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Yep, they're pretty good Lianna :) If you haven't tried the regular brownies yet, you could start with those cause they've got fewer ingredients so are a bit simpler: http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-brownie-recipe

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Are these any good?

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Yes, they are amazing :)

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I live in Hong Kong - haven't seen hemp hearts. Are they the same as (or substitutable for) hemp seeds?

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