Brownies and chocolate chip cookies come together in one harmonious bite. These brookies are made from simple whole ingredients such as pecans, cashews, coconut flour, cacao, and dates, plus they take less than 10 minutes to make. They’re raw vegan, gluten-free and don’t even require an oven.
All you need is a food processor or blender to process the ingredients, then you just stick em’ in the fridge to firm up, or eat them as is. I’ll admit I can’t help myself, I eat the batter as soon as it’s done, so yummy.
When making the brownies and cookies, there are two different methods that will yield different results. The pictures above illustrate method 1 using a Vitamix blender. The brookie pictures illustrate method 1 using a food processor without serrated blades. You can see that the cookie dough above is more dense and smooth, and the brookie’s cookie layer is a bit grainy. Both taste delicious, the method you choose depends on the tools you have available and your texture preference.
Blending everything together at once in a blender or food processor.
The results depend on what kind of equipment you have.
A vitamix blender is extremely powerful and will yield a more dense brownie and cookie, as the nuts are nearly blended into a butter. You will have to intermittently scrape down the sides to make sure it blends evenly.
I have found that food processor with serrated blades nearing the bottom of the container yield the best results because there is more surface area, and you don’t have to intermittently scrape the sides. It will also turn the nuts first into flour, and if you continue to process it will eventually turn into butter. Processing the nuts to an in-between flour and butter consistency is best so that the batter sticks together. The ninja food processor, and other non serrated blade processors do not grind nuts into a flour or butter, but rather processes them into a granular size. This will make it hard for the batter to stick together, in which case you may want to use date paste or nut butter to help it all stick together.
Processing everything separately. This method takes a bit more time but results in a fluffier brownie/cookie. The water mixed with dates helps everything stick together, rather than the “nut butter” like in method 1.
- Blend the nuts into a flour and the dates into a paste with a little bit of water.
- Hand mix all the ingredients together, slowly adding the flour into the date paste.
- Once you have a solid mixture, that resembles cookie dough, put it in the food processor to aerate the batter. You can skip this step for the cookies.
- Then you pour the batter into a glass dish and lightly press down.
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup medjool dates*
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs; or chocolate chips
- 5 medjool dates*
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar; *optional, not raw
- 1/2 vanilla bean; or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- De-pit the dates, and soak if you do not have soft juicy dates.
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor with serrated blades or a powerful blender, manually mixing to make sure it all blends evenly. Process until the brownie mixture builds up and sticks to the walls of the food processor.
- Press down brownies with your hands or a spoon into a glass dish.
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor with serrated blades or a powerful blender, manually mixing to make sure it all blends evenly. Process until the cookie batter builds up and sticks to the walls of the food processor.
- Press down cookies on top of the brownies with your hands or a spoon.
- Freeze for 20-30 minutes or refrigerate for an hour or so to let it firm up a bit.
- *If you don't have fresh super soft dates, soak them for 10-20 minutes.
- Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- If you want less sweetness and more nuttiness, use 1/2-3/4 cups dates and add a tablespoon or two of nut butter.
- If the mixture turns out dry it's probably due to non-fresh super soft dates, either add a tiny bit of water, or nut butter
- You can make your own almond meal by processing almonds in a food processor for about a minute. It only takes about 10 seconds if done in a vitamix.
- *Coconut sugar gives a sweeter, more crumbly cookie. In most cookies you can distinguish a little bit of sugar crystal texture and so to make these raw vegan cookies more realistic I add a bit of coconut sugar. It also gives a nice almost brown sugar taste.