No bake brownies with raspberries

No bake brownies with raspberries

no bake brownies

This past week has seen several days of drop dead gorgeous weather in our parts. It was scorching hot on Wednesday and Thursday and so I’ve lost interest in cooking. And although it was raining all day today – this recipe is in keeping with my hot weather mood – it’s a tray of no bake brownies studded with juicy and tart raspberries.

This is a great dessert for hot weather as it is delicious and pleasantly cooling eaten straight out of the freezer (or fridge) and it’s seriously easy and quick to make.

While it is certainly not healthy per se, it is healthier than traditional brownies / fudge as it is partly based on a sweet potato – an ingredient I do like to incorporate into desserts sometimes (like in these muffins or this mousse). It really works a treat and adds no nasty aftertaste, which some alternative ingredients tend to add. I’m thinking of you, avocado! We’ve enjoyed this dessert a lot and I hope you’ll too.

no bake brownies ingredients

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makes
15x20cm(6x8")
PREP
20 min
COOKING
5 min
makes
15x20cm(6x8")
PREPARATION
20 min
COOKING
5 min
INGREDIENTS
  • 200 g / 7 oz vegan 70% cocoa dark chocolate
  • 200 g / 1 cup cooked* sweet potato
  • 100 g / ½ cup almond or cashew butter (or peanut butter if you don’t mind the flavour coming through)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 80 ml / 1/3 cup maple syrup or 165 g / 5.8 oz dates, pitted and soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes**
  • 22 g / 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 250 g / 8.8 oz fresh raspberries
METHOD
  1. Line a shallow tray (mine was 20 cm / 8″ x 15 cm / 6″ ) with a piece of baking paper. Optionally, grease the bottom of the paper a little and sprinkle with oat flour or almond flour all over. Get rid of the flour that hasn’t stuck to the greased paper by turning the tray upside down over a sink. This will prevent the brownies / fudge from sticking to the paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate very slowly over a bain marie / water bath. Make sure the bowl with chocolate does not touch the water underneath.
  3. Place all of the remaining ingredients (apart from the raspberries) in a food processor and blend until super smooth.
  4. Once the chocolate has melted and cooled a little, feed it through the food processor’s chute while the machine is running. Process until well combined and smooth.
  5. Pour into the prepared tray, level with a spatula and decorate with fresh raspberries by pushing them into the mixture.
  6. Set aside in the fridge (overnight) or freezer (2 hours to set). Once set, cut into pieces using a sharp knife. Heating the knife blade over a gas flame is a nice trick to get neater squares.
  7. Store in an airtight food container in the fridge (they will keep for up to 4-5 days) or freezer (if you intend to keep them for longer).

NOTES
*You can cook the whole potato (pierced with a knife / skewer in places) in a 200° C / 390° F oven for about 50-60 minutes or in BBQ embers. You could also cube it and steam it. I would advise against boiling as that method introduces extra moisture.

**Adjust the level of sweetness to your taste (it will also depend on how sweet your chocolate is). Adding an extra tablespoon or two of liquid sweetener won’t have that much of an impact on the texture.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
189
9%
sugars
13 g
14%
fats
11 g
16%
saturates
5 g
24%
proteins
5 g
9%
carbs
22 g
9%
*per serving
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5.0
4 reviews, 8 comments
REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Kayla Ratajczak:
Always a favorite healthy dessert of ours. Especially perfect for warm days because it’s chilled and no-bake!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw thanks so much, Kayla! Same here, cannot wait for it to get warm enough for ice-cream and chilled desserts like this one! So glad you and your family enjoy this recipe and I really appreciate the review, thanks so much! x Ania
Rebecca:
Forgot to mark the stars ⭐️
Delicious, yummy and a smashing hit with my granddaughter and all her 15 year old friends.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, Rebecca, I really appreciate it and I'm so happy that these were such a success with your youngsters! x Ania
Julie Keith Phillips:
Delightful! I did it as recommended then additionally one with peppermint oil & mini chocolate chips. And then also a version that was topped with peanut butter , salt and a maple syrup drizzle. The peppermint was my favorite. Absolutely delish and easy to make!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, Julie! I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed it and thank you so much for taking the time to review – I really appreciate it. x Ania
Cindy:
Is this more like a fudge? What can make it more like brownies and add a bit more texture?
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Cindy,
    Yes, the texture is smooth. How about something like these? Ania
Sue:
Super fudgy! Hubby loves them. Thanks Ania.
    Ania
    Ania:
    I'm delighted to hear that Sue! Thank you for letting me and my readers know that you and your husband enjoyed them. Ania
Wendy:
Could you microwave the potato? Can you taste the nut butters at all?
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Wendy,
    I don't see why not - I don't own a microwave so that's why it didn't occur to me. No, you cannot. The overarching flavour is chocolate, it dominates all others. Hope that helps! Ania
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