Raw Cacao Brownie

Posted on: June 22, 2012 Category: Desserts/ Recipes

Hello, foodies! Welcome to Foodie Fridays, where I’ll be posting healthy, loved and tested in my kitchen recipes every Friday! Today, it’s the raw cacao brownie!

A little personal story: I am allergic to chocolate. And by chocolate I mean the common commercial, store-bought chocolate (Cadbury, Nestle, Kit Kat stuff). When I ate chocolate, my tongue would swell and I would get acid reflux and also spew chocolate. So I avoided chocolate where possible, although I did enjoy the occasional slice of chocolate cake at birthday celebrations.

And then I found cacao (ka-kow). I first started making raw chocolate treats – sans dairy and sugar. I have heard wonderful and amazing things about cacao. Just to clear things up, cacao is not cocoa. Cocoa is a by-product of cacao, which has been processed and has lost many of cacao’s amazing properties.

Cacao contains the neurotransmitter anandamide (AEA), where ananda translates to “bliss”. Cacao is also an antioxidant and a source of beta-carotene, amino acids, Omega-3 EFA’s, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulphur, potassium, and magnesium.

Did I mention cacao tastes so divine?

So to finish my little story – I realized that I wasn’t actually reacting badly to cacao in commercial chocolate – but to the pasteurized dairy, processed sugar and other highly processed ingredients it contains (I’m not sure what chocolate bars today contain, but have you seen the ingredient list? So long!).

I love to make these as treats, and everyone I’ve made cacao treats for always  always always loves them!


2 cup sprouted almonds*
6 dates
3/4 cup raw cacao powder
2 Tbs coconut oil

*Sprout almonds by soaking them overnight. Rinse, drain and dry the next day.

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender till well-combined.  Spread out evenly in a container. Chill for 1-2 hours till hardened. Cut and serve.

Enjoy them!

Do you have some foods or drinks you make using cacao? Or do you use cacao for something else? If so, please share them in the comments below! :)

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  1. Kimberley says:

    This looks delicious! I now only eat raw cacao chocolate, I’m a complete convert. I think it tastes better and is much more satisfying. I can’t wait to give this recipe a go. Thanks for sharing! x

    • Jia Ni says:

      Thank you Kimberly!! Yum, I have to try raw cacao chocolate soon – I’ve seen them around but haven’t actually bought them before! Let me know how you go with the recipe! xo

  2. Denise says:

    I’m intrigued by this. Printing it out and will try it soon.

  3. Thank you for this recipe Jia Ni. It came at a perfect time so I’ll be making yours this weekend. Keep sharing!

  4. Oh my god! I can’t wait to try these. They sound sooo good! I actually have carob powder in the house so I’m off to try that until I can get some raw cacao powder. Mmm yum!

  5. Oh! Sounds amazing! I’ll have to give these a try.

  6. Bianca says:

    Thank you sooooo much for sharing this recipe!! I have almost all of those recipes (just need to get some coconut oil) and I’ll be sure to try this out for myself very soon. I would assume that this recipe would also work with raw virgin coconut oil, right?

  7. Jia Ni – these sound delish! One totally newbie question… what is the benefit of sprouting the almonds?

    • Jia Ni says:

      Hey Christie, sprouting removes the enzyme inhibitors which improves nutrition and digestion. This allows you to receive the full benefits of the nuts/seeds. Also sprouting makes it less taxing on your digestive system, allowing you to have more energy. Sprouting makes the nut more nutritious, digestible and alkaline. I always recommend sprouting any seeds/nuts/legumes/grains before you cook/consume them! Hope this helped! :) x

  8. Yum, a new chocolate recipe to add to my collection!

  9. Love love love this recipe! Many thanks.

  10. brittni says:

    This looks so delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Sam Foster says:

    Yes! Finally found an organic brownie recipe without the need for cooking chocolate, lard and about 18 boat fulls of sugar! Buying some organic Cacoa tonight and making this :D Thank you for the post! And following you on twitter in case you post any new cool stuff up. Hey feel privileged, I only follow a hand full of people haha ;) ! Thanks again.

  12. Ohhh these look amazing and only 4 ingredients?? SOLD! :-)

  13. Riversea says:

    Yum! This is one of the treats I make when I
    Have almond meal over from making milk. So tasty-
    They work as truffles too- just add coconut.

  14. jean Hertsted says:

    I’ve made your receipe and its yum, yum. I also never liked chocolate growing up, also including cake, drinks made with chocolate. As a got older I would occasionally have a piece of chocolate but when I mistakenly purchased a cacao bar I’d loved it (and no embarrassing after effects), so now I’m hooked…