I absolutely love Nakd Bars, especially the Bakewell Tart and Christmas Pudding flavours, they’re just SO GOOD! I wanted to recreate those flavours in a more economical way as it’s way too expensive to keep buying those bars!
These have a base of nuts and dried fruit (figs and dates in this recipe), but from there you can add your own ingredients and start playing around with flavours. In this one I focused on making a Christmas flavoured treat that everyone could eat, including those in my family following a vegan diet. These ‘brownies’ have the beautiful spicing found in mince pies such as nutmeg and cinnamon, but also have a great chocolate hit by adding some cacao into the mix. Give them a go and I assure you that even those who turn up their noses at raw food will be asking for more!
Christmas Spiced Raw Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour in the fridge to set Servings: 15 – 20 bars
- 200g unsalted mixed nuts (you can stick to just a few nuts like almonds or pecans, but in this particular batched I used a bag which included almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, brazil and cashew nuts)
- 175g dried figs
- 300g dried dates
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 – 3 tablespoons of cacao powder
- 2 – 3 tablespoons of maple syrup or other sweetener alternative such as honey
- 1 teaspoon of mixed spice (or 1/4 teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove)
- In a food processor, start by adding in the nuts and blitz until it they are all broken down as much as possible, retaining a few chunks so it is not all powder
- Next, add in the figs and dates (cut them up a little before adding if large) and then blitz again until it starts to come together. This may take a while as there are a lot of ingredients in the food processor, but keep going in short bursts
- Add in the cacao, spices and almond extract and maple syrup and blitz again. It will start to come together and get sticky
- Tip out into a baking tray and flatten out until the thickness is the same all over. Place into the fridge for at least an hour, but it is best when left alone for a while and it start to firm up
- Once all firm, cut into squares or slices and enjoy!