Raw For Dessert One Bowl Brownies And Vegan Vittles Stroganoff

October 6, 2010 by Keri

Don’t get me wrong, my mom could bake.  She worked in the same bakery I did, long before I worked there, and the holiday season meant it was time to make 25 different kinds of cookies at her house.  But when it came to dinners, we had that box with the smiling hand on it a whole lot.  I used to think she didn’t know how to cook, because her mom had never enjoyed it, but it turns out she was just really tired from working long days, and it was quick.  Add that to my list of things I didn’t understand until I was an adult myself.  Anyway, I really thought the people behind the smiling hand box had invented “stroganoff”.  That’s the only way I’d ever had it!  So color me surprised when I grew up and found out stroganoff is an actual pre-established dish!  You deceived my innocent child self, smiling hand man.  I can’t say I remember, but I would bet this vegan Seitan And Mushroom Stroganoff  recipe (page 159) from Vegan Vittles is much better.  It’s creamy, quick, and perfect over rice or noodles.  No box required!

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For dessert, I made raw vegan brownies from Raw For Dessert.  I don’t make a lot of specifically raw dishes, but I do enjoy them and especially love raw desserts.  I love that desserts like these can satisfy any sweet tooth without processed sugars or other artificial ingredients, and my son loves them because he’s getting a sweet treat!  He doesn’t care how it’s made or what’s in it, just that it tastes good!  My husband is a little biased because “raw desserts” intimidate him.  He’s used to sugar and flour baked treats, and has usually decided he doesn’t like it before he’s even had a taste.  I don’t count his opinion on chocolate recipes anyway, since he doesn’t like chocolate, but I have a raw dessert recipe coming up this week that he’s going to love.  These brownies are rich, chewy, and only take one bowl, which is probably where the author came up with the name, Really! One Bowl Brownies (page 83).  I love the tiny pieces of dried cherry mine had, and confession: I don’t have a food processor, so I made them in the Vitamix.  I know you’re not supposed to, but it worked great and a food processor just isn’t on my shopping list right now.  If you love dark chocolate treats, you’ll love these raw brownies!

Vegan Dessert Recipes

Really! One Bowl Raw Brownies

  • 3 cups raw walnuts, unsoaked
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 16 pitted medjool dates
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder or raw cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons filtered water

Place the walnuts in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process until coarsely chopped.  Remove 1/2 cup of the walnuts and set aside in a small mixing bowl.  Add the salt to the food processor and process until the walnuts are finely ground.  Add the dates and process until the mixture begins to stick together.  Add the cocoa powder and process to incorporate.  Add the chopped walnuts, dried cherries, optional cocoa nibs, and water and process briefly, just until mixed.
Pour the mixture evenly into an 8-inch glass baking dish and press down with your hand to compact.  Cut into squares.
Covered with plastic wrap, Really! One Bowl Brownies will keep for 5 days stored in the refrigerator or 2 weeks stored in the freezer.

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Are you a fan of raw desserts?  Do you have any favorite raw dessert recipes?

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  1. I love raw desserts (duh!) and my favorite so far would be the chocolate macaroons from Raw Food, Real Life. I love coconut and chocolate together. These brownie look very good and very easy, so I’ll be making them soon. Thanks for a new recipe!

  2. Noelle says:

    My husband is the same way about rawdesserts! He has a predetermined opinion which I never count. “It never has enough sugar, etc” Although, I did make those raw apple cobbler parfaits with an extra agave nectar for his and he like it. Who knew?

    Hey, I hope you are feeling better! N

    • Keri says:

      Yeah, I’m sure my husband doesn’t think they’re overly sugared enough. 😛
      Thank you, Noelle! I’m finally feeling better.

  3. I haven’t dabbled in raw desserts much (I’m made the avocado “chocolate pudding” … YUM) This looks good!

    Have to say that all my life I thought spaghetti and sauce came out of a green box and macaroni and cheese came out of a blue box. I tease my mom all the time but I get it. Family of six, two working parents….

    • Keri says:

      Oh yes, when I was very little she always made Kraft mac and cheese and hot dogs. I wouldn’t touch the blue box or hot dogs ever again… even prevegan. Haha

  4. I absolutly love raw desserts for the same reason you do: they satisfy my sweet tooth without processed sugars. I have not worked too much with them so don’t have a good enough recipe, but i hopefully will soon!

  5. stephanie a. says:

    I’m excited about the simplicity of your brownie recipe. I made a similar thing just yesterday (http://omnivore-no-more.blogspot.com/2010/10/meatballs-and-sugar-free-chocolate.html) and was excited to come across it in your blog…it makes me want to follow you : ) Look forward to browsing your other recipes…

  6. Monika says:

    Just made these for a raw section I’m doing on my blog this week. I’m new to raw food and was thrilled to find this recipe. They’re super yummy! I was a little nervous at first because the dates and cacoa nibs were pretty expensive, but I’d say the cost of the ingredients is well worth it! My boyfriend and I agreed they were sweet and texturally very satisfying. I also used my vitamix, and while it worked the motor did start to overheat toward the end. All in all, great recipe. Thanks so much for posting!

  7. Keri says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your experience making it!

  8. Kelly Slade says:


    Animal Aid is currently updating its popular Vegan Recipe Guide, which includes a mushroom stroganoff recipe and we are looking for an appropriate image. The image on this blog would be great and i wondered whether we could have permission to use it. And if so, if you could send the original files to me at: kelly@animalaid.co.uk. We can, of course, credit the image if you let me know what you would like included. I hope to hear from you soon. Kelly