Trying to make something vegan and raw is a real challenge. Most cookbooks will give you ingredients such as almond meal, cashews, dates, rice milk, and yes, avocado. First of all, a lot of people are allergic to almonds. Almonds, cashews, dates…all these ingredients are quite expensive in most countries, and for a raw cake you need quite a substantial quantity, who are we kidding? Most people can’t afford that. Rice milk is often very sweet and not necessary the healthiest option. Dates are quite sweet too, not everyone enjoys that kind of sweetness. Coconut oil is an amazing oil, so full of health benefits, but raw good quality coconut oil is kind of expensive too.
I found a more affordable way to make a delicious vegan cake or call it brownie if you wish. I used walnuts, raisins, avocado and coconut oil, but not a lot of walnuts and not a lot of coconut oil. To thicken the paste, I added some oat flakes. The main ingredient is the avocado, and you can make about 10 brownies from one avocado, that’s not bad at all.
Ingredients for about 10 brownies:
1 large avocado
half cup walnuts
half cup raisins
2 spoons coconut oil
1 spoon sesame seeds
1 spoon flax seeds
2 – 3 spoons fine oat flakes
one spoon honey
3-5 spoons pure unsweetened cocoa
Preparation time: 10-15 min
blend all ingredients well until you have a creamy thick paste. Spread the paste into a cling wrap lined container, place in the fridge for a couple of hours or in the freezer for about 15 minutes. It will become harder.
For a spicy twist you can add some cayenne and grated ginger. Feel free too experiment: ground coffee, orange zest, molasses, pine nuts…
Cut into pieces and serve. Sprinkle some coconut, sesame seeds or cinnamon on top if you wish, and enjoy on it’s own, with tea or coffee!