Raw mint brownie cake

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2011. Can you believe it? I know most of you are now reflecting on the year that was, thinking about all your memorable moments and making lists of how to live better in 2012.

While I typically don’t make new year resolutions, I do try to take some time out during the last week of the year to brainstorm things I’m interested in exploring at some point in the next 365 days. Each year I come up with something new. That something doesn’t involve dieting, exercising or resolving to quit a bad habit. Quite simply, it involves something that makes me happy. In 2012, is there something you can do that makes you happy?

Of course, writing this blog will remain a highlight. I feel incredibly grateful that it has connected me with so many other inspiring bloggers, loyal readers and compassionate activists. I have all of you to thank for filling my life with love, support and inspiration.

Since the holiday season isn’t over quite yet, I have one last gift to share with you. This raw mint brownie cake is a spin-off of one of the more popular recipes on ADC—my raw coconut brownies. It is also one of a few dessert options I brought for Christmas Day dinner at my mom’s place, but it might just be the perfect way to top off the year this weekend—and welcome 2012 in a healthy new way.

I hope this treat is a hint of what’s to come in 2012: simplicity, healthfulness and chocolate!

By the way, if you haven’t yet seen the gorgeous holiday recipe collection from Sarah of My New Roots, you’re missing out. It’s a collection of recipes from her first ever Holiday Reader Recipe Challenge, and it’s free! My recipe for raw Nanaimo bars is included in the PDF book.

Happy new year!

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Raw mint brownie cake

Yield: one 6-inch cake

Ingredients:

For the mint goji berries:

    • 1/4 cup goji berries
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/2 tsp pure mint extract

For the brownie cake:

    • 1/2 raw oat flakes (use certified gluten-free, if necessary)
    • 1/2 cup raw almonds
    • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
    • 3/4 cup chopped dates, soaked and well drained
    • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 tbsp soaking water from goji berries, or as needed

For the frosting:

Directions:

For the mint goji berries:

    1. In a small bowl, mix the water and mint extract together. Add the goji berries and allow them to soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain well.

For the brownies:

    1. Using a food processor, process the oats to flour. Add the almonds and walnuts and process to a fine meal.
    2. Add the cacao powder and salt and pulse to combine.
    3. Next, add the dates and process until the dates are broken down and combined. Finally, add the soaked goji berries and soaking water, as needed, and pulse until the mixture comes together in a dough ball.
    4. Press the mixture evenly into a 6-inch springform pan and set in the freezer while you make the frosting.

For the frosting:

  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until smooth. Do not overmix or it will start to separate and become oily.
  2. Remove the pan from the freezer and smooth the icing over top of the brownies, smoothing out with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Return the pan to the freezer until firm. Sift cacao powder and coconut on top of the cake, slice and serve, or store in the freezer for up to one month.
      

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21 Responses to “Raw mint brownie cake”

  1. veganlisa — December 29, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    Beautiful! Like you, I’ve made a list of things I want to do in 2012. I’m pretty excited about what I have planned – including lots of kitchen and camera fun with you.

    Happy New Year.

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    • Nicole replied: — December 30th, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! Kitchen and camera fun with you are definitely on my list, too. Happy new year!

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  2. Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry — December 30, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    This looks amazing! I made a mint brownie recipe recently, but it wasn’t raw. I will have to try this recipe!

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    • Nicole replied: — December 30th, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

      Thanks, Laura! Raw brownies are one of my favourite treats. I hope you enjoy them, too!

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  3. Jennifer — January 2, 2012 @ 3:16 am

    You know, I loved your raw coconut brownies and this looks so incredible as well.

    Happy New Year, Nicole!!

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    • Nicole replied: — January 2nd, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer! May your 2012 be filled with love, laughter and delicious vegan food :)

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  4. Eftychia — January 3, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    I am not a vegan but I will definately give this a try.

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    • Nicole replied: — January 4th, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

      Excellent! I hope you enjoy it.

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  5. Preena — January 5, 2012 @ 12:33 am

    Hi Nicole,

    I like how you said that! 2012 resolutions are about finding what makes you happy and not what you should quit or stop doing. I like the positive over negative approach.

    Happy New Year and keep up the wonderful work!

    Preena

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    • Nicole replied: — January 5th, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

      I’m glad you agree, Preena. Happy new year to you, too!

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  6. Preena — January 5, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    Recipe look super yummy too. I want this now!

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    • Nicole replied: — January 5th, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

      Thank you! :)

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  7. beti — January 5, 2012 @ 2:53 am

    this is such a lovely presentation and I love the combination of flavors!

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    • Nicole replied: — January 5th, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

      Thank you, beti! :)

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  8. Richa@HobbyandMore — January 6, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    These are some seriously gorgeous brownies.. and i love mint and chocolate together.. gotta give this one a try! Wish you and your family a very happy new year!

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    • Nicole replied: — January 6th, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

      I’m glad to hear you’re a mint + chocolate lover, just like me. Happy new year to you, too!

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  9. Deeps @ Naughty Curry — January 8, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    beautiful pics! oats, almonds & goji berries is such an interesting flavour profile for a brownie…. nice one :)

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    • Nicole replied: — January 9th, 2012 @ 10:50 am

      Thanks! :)

      Reply

  10. Charis @ MannaTreats — January 10, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    those look so yummy! can’t wait to make them!

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  11. Radhika Sarohia — August 31, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    I haven’t made too many raw dishes but this looks very tempting, will give it a try after I shop for these somewhat new ingredients (I’ve never bought a goji berry before for example, and I haven’t tried coconut butter either, just the normal Earth Balance stuff.)

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    • Nicole replied: — September 4th, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

      Thanks, Radhika! If you have any questions at all, feel free to shoot me a message (nicole@adashofcompassion.com). Goji berries and coconut butter (not oil) can be found at health food stores. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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