I know what you're thinking.... those two words - "boozy" and "raw" should NEVER be seen together! Well, in one way you're right. But, as a foodie, unfortunately, taste matters more than "being 100% clean", so; with lots of experimenting and many tubs of raw brownies eaten, one day, I decided to add some booze..... and yes, to answer your question, that day had been particularly stressful.... no, I'm kidding. I just fancied a change.
What I particularly love about this recipe is that you don't need to cook it! All it needs is a whizz in the "whizzer" aka food blender / processor and some time in the freezer. Voila! Bish, bash, bosh, you have yourself a boozy brownie.
The great thing about this recipe is that it's gluten and lactose free. For nut allergies, you can of course omit the nuts and replace them with some dried fruit pieces such as cherries or cranberries. It's also so speedy to prepare and then the freezer does the rest. Easy.
To make these delicious Boozy Raw Chocolate Brownies you will need:
100g hazelnuts or pecan nuts (can also use almonds or cashews) OR dried cherries, cranberries or coconut flakes
200g dates (medjool or similar)
60g raw cacao powder / or just dark coco powder (check for lactose in the coco powder)
50g maple syrup / honey
3 - 4 tablespoons coconut oil
A pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of Rum or Brandy OR a liquor of your choice
1) Pulse your nuts or fruit in the blender to make them a little smaller in size
2) De-stone all the dates and plop them in the whizzer with the nuts/fruit (I promise, this is the only time consuming part - the best of maybe 3 minutes).
3) Sprinkle in a pinch of salt, add the cacao / cocoa powder, the coconut oil, the maple syrup / honey and your liquor. Then blend together until well mixed and "sticky" (about 2 - 3 minutes)
5) Tip the mixture into something you can put in the freezer (such as tupperware) and press the mixture down firmly so it sticks together as a block.
6) Freeze for 30 mins and voila - your brownies are ready!
Gorgeous with ice cream or some left over brandy cream from Christmas! Store them in the fridge so they're to hand next time.