Raw Triple Layer Mint Fudge Brownies

December 10, 2014

Raw Triple Layer Mint Fudge Brownies | Faring Well | #vegan #raw #glutenfree

I’m sitting here this morning already missing Scott. He just left for work, and will be back tonight, but sometimes that is all it takes. Pretty often that is all it takes. He’s more than my husband, which I know I know, cliche, mushy, whatever. But when someone commits to being your best friend for life, stands up for you, waves your fan-flag higher than anyone else, tells you when you are being ridiculous (at least half the time), and loves you to the point where their needs are always second to yours – you freaking miss them when they leave for work. So I am sitting here, missing him, thinking of all I have to do today, and dreaming of these brownies I have in the freezer for our Christmas movie-night tonight. Just a few more hours, come on girl, you can do this.

Raw Triple Layer Mint Fudge Brownies | Faring Well | #vegan #raw #glutenfree

This is one of my two favorite raw desserts of all time. I first made these two Christmases ago, and we haven’t been able to go back to the sugar-laden baked version I grew up on since. The flavor is so authentic and decadent. Scott flips when I make these and says he always feels as if he is having something terrible for him because they are so rich and addictive. How can something made with nuts be so tasty? Because nuts are fantastic and its about time we stop calling them squirrel food (even though squirrels are my second favorite animal ever) and switch our view of them over to a more positive, accurate truth. That they are awesome. And tasty. And I know you can’t stop wondering what my first favorite animal is now that I mentioned my second, and it’s dolphins, there you go.

Raw Triple Layer Mint Fudge Brownies | Faring Well | #vegan #raw #glutenfreeRaw Triple Layer Mint Fudge Brownies | Faring Well | #vegan #raw #glutenfree

Tid-Bits: I use raw honey in two of the three layers. However, if you do not eat honey you can absolutely substitute maple syrup. If you wish to make these completely raw, you can continue using raw honey in the top chocolate layer instead of the maple.

Ingredients
Brownie Layer
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 tablespoon water

Mint Layer
1 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup dried coconut shredded & unsweetened
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/4 cup coconut oil liquid
1 to 2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Chocolate Layer
1/4 cup raw cacao
1/4 cup coconut oil liquid
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Even though it is out of order — I begin by making the mint layer, because washing my food processor as few times as possible is always my goal. Blend the cashews and coconut into a coarse meal, and then add the raw honey (or maple syrup if you don’t do honey), coconut oil, and peppermint. Blend for 30 to 45 seconds to make sure it is super creamy and smooth. Scrape the mint layer mixture out with a spatula as best you can into small bowl and set aside.

Without washing the processor bowl, you can add the cashews and almonds for the brownie layer and blend until they form a coarse meal. Add in the cacao powder, raw honey (or maple), and water. Blend until a sticky ball is whirling around your processor bowl. If it is too dry, add one teaspoon of water at a time until the right consistency is reached (should stick together when you pinch it with your fingers, but not so sticky that it sticks to your fingers — fine line). Press the brownie layer into a parchment lined 9×5 loaf pan. Top with the mint layer, smoothing it over evenly, and place in the freezer to set for 10 minutes.

Whisk together the raw chocolate ingredients, and drizzle over the mint layer after it has set. Whirl your pan around to coat the top evenly, and place back in the freezer to set for an hour. Remove and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to serve. I like to give mine a few hours of freezing before digging in, the flavor and texture is best this way, I think.

Makes 12 brownies.

  • valentina - sweet kabocha December 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

    There is something better than being in love?? I don’t think. And these brownies can make one fell in love, isn’t it? :D

    • Faring Well December 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Aw, thank you! And I agree :)

  • Caitlin December 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

    with my busy work and school schedule, i often miss dayv and feel like i don’t spend enough time with him. it’s so weird to think about your best friend, room mate, best friend, but the feeling is so real. i often dream about us taking a vacation together so we can spend the quality time we’ve been missing.

    and these bars. imma making them for my best friend, for sure <3

    • Faring Well December 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Well I hope you two can get some quality time this winter break, if it is needed then it must be done! As well as making these brownies, I don’t think he will be mad that you did <3

  • dana December 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    GORGEOUS lady friend!! xoxo

    So glad you’re blogging full time now!!!

    • Faring Well December 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you! Thank you! Ahhh me too. Just going for it and seeing what happens — thanks so much!! xoxo

  • Lisa Smith December 12, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I remember when we first made these (old recipe) and how much you loved the peppermint/chocolate combo. This recipe is so much better than the non-vegan. It tastes like a peppermint patty to me. Love it.

  • dorota @ plants on the plate December 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    those looks so, so, so good. i really wish i had some cashews now! best, d.

    • Faring Well December 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Aw thank you!! Hope you get some and are able to make this treat <3

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens December 12, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Nuts ARE fantastic! These look amazing! Also, I just want to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog- I think I found you via Pinterest a while ago and I haven’t looked back since. You have such a gorgeous site. Excited for all the recipes to come!

    • Faring Well December 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

      You are the sweetest! Thank you so much! And I know right?! Nuts RULE.

  • Millie | Add A Little December 13, 2014 at 12:57 am

    This looks amazing! I’m so glad I just found your blog – what gorgeous photography!

    • Faring Well December 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

      You’re so kind! That made me smile. Thank you!

  • Joanne December 21, 2014 at 3:32 am

    These little brownies are TO DIE FOR! I had already planned my birthday menu, but when I saw these pop up on pinterest I just had to make them. And I’m glad I did because they are amazing. I made a half recipe and pressed it into a mini springform pan. It made really pretty wedges. Thanks for the recipe. :)

    • Faring Well December 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Well that just made my day! So so so happy to hear, especially since it was you birthday (happy late birthday!). Love the idea of the springform and cutting into wedges, must have looked super cute.

  • Emily March 16, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Oh my goodness, I want to make everything on your blog! Love raw brownies and I cannot wait to try this triple layer mint version!!

    • Faring Well March 17, 2015 at 8:46 am

      You are the sweetest! Thank you!!

  • Desiree August 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I just tried them and they turned out perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Faring Well August 10, 2015 at 7:34 am

      Aw yay! So glad. These are some of my faves. Thanks so much for writing me! Enjoy every last bite :)