I feel like I haven’t baked anything for a while, which is a shame because I love baking! We had two birthdays in the family this week plus Father’s Day so what great motivation to get in the kitchen. Obviously I went to my favourite foodie blog Minimalist Baker. These frosted brownies are uh-mazing.
I have included the recipe below the way I made it. The original is linked above. I had to convert all cup measurements to ml because I don’t have cups.
- 93g ground hazulnuts (for the batter)
- 93g ground almonds
- 2 1/2 cups (590ml) packed dates (medjool work well)
- 3/4 cups (180ml) raw cacao powder
- 1 handful of cacao nibs
- 23g walnuts
- 1/4 cup (60ml) amond milk
- 1 cup (230ml) chopped chocolate (I used 100g bar of 70% Lindt)
- 30ml melted cocunut oil
- 1/4 cup (60ml icing sugar)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Method FOR BROWNIES
Leave dates to soak in warm water for 10 minutes to soften up. Drain the water and blend the dates with the ground nuts. I used a handheld blender, adding the nuts in batches.
Add the cacao power and blend to combine. The mixture should reach a doughy consistency, which easily stays together when pressed into a ball.
Add the brownie mix into a lined 8×8 inch tin. Sprinkle the walnuts and cacao nibs evenly over the mix and press the brownie flat into the pan. Firm up in fridge for 10 minutes.
Method for frosting
Add almond milk to glass bowl and heat for 45 seconds or until very warm. Place chocolate into bowl with the milk, cover with clingfilm and leave for 2 minutes to melt.
Add the cocunut oil and salt and whisk to combine. Leave chocolate mix in fridge for 10 minutes to thicken.
Once out the fridge add the icing sugar a little at a time, whisking to combine. The mix should thicken and become light and fluffy.
Frost brownies with as much of the icing as you prefer, and then top with a sprinkle of extra walnuts and cacao nibs. Store brownies in tupperware for 3-4 days at room temperature.
So of course, mine don’t look exactly like the original. Mainly because of the frosting. I put in 1/4 cup of icing sugar but to get it any thicker I would have had to put in so much more. I didn’t want to ruin the healthier vibes too much so I just left it as a slightly thinner layer of icing.
These brownies taste beyond delicious. I love the crunch of the cacao nibs and walnuts in the brownie. There were so fudgy, and super quick and easy to make. They also look really good, and work really well as a gift idea.
I hope you enjoyed these as much as me!