These raw brownies are a great energy-fix to see you through Christmas shopping. They are full of nutrients, quick to prepare, and don’t need to be cooked. All you need to do is toast the nuts, boil the kettle and use a food blender. They make a nice alternative to the usual ones made with flour and eggs. They are made with store-cupboard rather than fancy ingredients, so you don’t have to go to the shops to get the ingredients.
160g mixed nuts (keep 20g of walnuts aside)
4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of oil (I used olive oil)
¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tsp of instant coffee dissolved in 2 tsp of boiled water
4 tablespoons of granulated sugar (keep 2 tablespoons to sprinkle on top)
pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Place the nuts on a baking sheet and heat in the oven for 5 minutes. Meanwhile measure out the raisins, place them in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to soak for 15 minutes. Take the nuts out of the oven and put 20g of the walnuts to one side. Add the nuts to a blender. Drain the raisins and add these also. Add all other ingredients to the blender and 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Blend everything up until you have a paste. If it seems quite dry add a tablespoon of hot water. Then chop the walnuts up and add these, mix them in with a spoon. Spoon the mixture into a small baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper and smooth it out with a spoon. Sprinkle the sugar on top and place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Cut into 6 slices. Keep in the fridge in an air tight box or on a plate covered with cling film so that they don’t dry out.