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Brownie Bites with Buttery Vanilla Frosting

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Yummy brownie bites, with frosting!Sometimes you just want some comfort food.  This weekend was one of those times.  I woke up on Saturday morning, wondering what I was going to bring to the raw pot-luck that day.  My mind was filled with thoughts of easy to make, savory stand-by’s, but nothing jumped out at me.  As I looked at the what I had in the cabinets, it dawned on me that it might just be a comfort food kinda day.

I couldn’t be more pleased with how these turned out.  Folks at the pot-luck gave them a big thumbs up and of course, the plate was empty when the pot-luck was over.   Soft, sweet, chocolaty, just like how a brownie should be, but with the frosting on top, these will take you right into comfort food bliss!

For the brownie bites
3 cups Pecans
2 Tbsp Almond Butter
1/4 cups Agave
1/4 cups Cacao
Pinch of quality salt

For the frosting
2 cups Cashews
2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cups Agave
1/2 cups Water

Equipment needs
Food processor
Pastry bag, cone, press, etc.
Optional: high speed blender

The How-To-Do-It
Let’s start with the frosting as it needs a few minutes in the fridge to set.  Dump your cashews into the food processor/blender and process into a fine flour.  Add in the vanilla, agave and half of the water into your processor/blender.  Because this frosting is going to be thick, it can be hard to get it all mixed up by the blades.  Add in more and more water (no more than the 1/2 cup) to thin it out and pause every few seconds to mix things up by hand.  Be careful of the temperature of the frosting, it will heat up fast.  Once you have the frosting mixed up, fill up your pastry bag, cone, press, etc. and set it in the fridge to firm up.

Now for the brownie goodness.  Dump the pecans into your food processor and process them down to a fine flour, then until it stops moving — some of the pecans will break down and release their oil and they will start to clump and turn into pecan butter (yum!).  Give it a good stir by hand and then toss in the rest of the ingredients.  Continue to process until the mixture forms a solid ball.  Transfer to a bowl and give the dough a good stir by hand to make sure it is mixed well.

Grab a small amount of the dough and roll into a ball with your hands.  Press the ball down with your thumb to flatten it out and make an impression in the middle.  Place the flattened brownie bite onto a plate.  Prepare the rest of the dough in this fashion.   Next, take your frosting out of the fridge and have at it!  Fill up the indentation of each brownie bite with ‘a healthy amount’ of the frosting.

These can be eaten right away, though the brownie dough is soft at room temperature.  Put into the fridge for thirty minutes to firm up, or if you will not be serving them right away.

Take it further
Well, you could use this brownie dough to make a pan of brownies, but then I wouldn’t be able to post a brownie recipe for you in the near future!  So, don’t do it!

About 24 brownie bites

  1. 14 Responses to “Brownie Bites with Buttery Vanilla Frosting”

  2. By Paulina on Jul 5, 2008

    Oh my gosh! This looks so good! I could also use the frosting to top my fruit. Thanks!

  3. By Michele Lujan on Aug 15, 2008

    Will the frosting still be thick enough if I decide to not use the cashews?

  4. By Charis on Nov 1, 2008

    Hey there! You have a great blog going on here…looking forward to seeing more from it. Hope you keep it up, it’s great! :)

  5. By Karen on Dec 29, 2008

    These are delicious and so easy to make! Thank you so much for this recipe!!

  6. By Laura on Feb 1, 2009

    I made these earlier tonight-AMAZING! They are probably the easiest raw dessert I’ve ever made, and I love that you don’t have to dehydrate them. I highly recommend trying these!

  7. By Marisa on Feb 6, 2009

    We loved these! The brownie was quite soft but was better after chilling. The frosting was very soft and runny (maybe more cashers next time…)so I put it in the freezer for 10 minutes or so, it was still soft…. but we didn’t care. It was gooey and oh so good!! Great Recipe!! THANKS!

  8. By Scott on Feb 9, 2009

    @Marisa This is the trouble with raw food preparation — even with measuring things out, ingredients are always different!

    Sounds like your pecans might have released too much oil, which can happen if they are an oily lot or if we over process them — you can dab up the oil with a paper towel.

    And the frosting — did you soak the cashews? In this recipe, don’t as we add the liquid later. If you didn’t, then less water or more cashews next time!

  9. By DessertObsessed on Apr 30, 2009

    WOW these are amazing! i am going to try these tonight!

  10. By Marion Ingram on Aug 2, 2009

    These looked really good however, I may have over processed the brownie dough too much because it became really oily. It’s a nice dessert though.

  11. By Kelly on Aug 28, 2009

    Delish- my first raw dessert and totally worth it. The pecans are perfectly Lucious! Only thing I did different was to use 1/8 c agave and add 6 dates to the brownies, for a different type of sweetness. All in all terrific!

  12. By Laura-Jane on Sep 6, 2009

    That buttery frosting sounds delicious. I haven’t made it yet but I copied it down in my recipe book for future use. Thanks, great site. Can’t wait for you to get more recipes up here when you have a chance.

  13. By lisa on Dec 7, 2009

    So delicious! Also, very easy and quick. I am a dessert addict and eat both baked and raw goodies – trying to go more raw – and these brownie bites were fantastic. Definitely will be made again. Thanks for such a scrumptious blog – looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

  14. By Donna on Jan 5, 2010

    Knowing we are raw vegans, a coworker of my husband researched raw desserts, found this recipe, and made these delicious morsels for his birthday. What a rare treat … and they were sooooooooo good!!!

  15. By Amy on May 11, 2010

    Amazing!!!!! I’m just getting into Raw Recipes and this one is wonderful! I didn’t have cashews so I used walnuts and I only had a few pecans so I added almonds to the brownie mix as well. It worked great! They were so buttery and yummy! I had to bring them to my co-worker to try! She loved them! Thanks for the great recipe! Can’t wait to try more!

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