- Soak the nuts in filtered or bottle water and then drain and allow to dry. Keep 25g of the walnuts aside and chop.
- Blend all of the other nuts until finely ground. The ultimate mixer to use in a Magimix but I don’t have one yet. I used my little handy blender which did a good job but I guess any half decent food processor will work.
- Then add all other ingredients apart from the cherries and blend. The more you blend, the smoother and more dough like the brownie mixture will become. If the mixture is a little dry you can add some of the liquid that the cherries were soaked in. I added a little more coconut oil. The cacao butter adds a delicious richness but if you don’t have it you can use coconut oil instead. Both of these ingredients will help the brownies to set when refrigerated.
- Add the dried fruit and remaining walnuts and mix thoroughly. This is the basic brownie recipe but you can adapt to your taste. The original recipe I tried didn’t have sultanas but dried cherries are quite expensive so I used slightly less than was originally listed. You could also add some raw chopped chocolate at this stage. Give the brownies a kick by adding some chilli powder or add some more cherry flavour using a medicine flower extract. The black cherry one would work brilliantly. It is expensive but smells and tastes absolutely incredible. You could use it in the Avocado mousse to make a black forest style chocolate mousse.
- Line a baking tin with clingfilm and then press the mixture into the tin. It will take approximately an hour to set. Lining it with film makes it easier to lift out of the tin. The brownies are good as they are, but for an even more decadent treat you can make a chocolate sauce to drizzle over the top. The cling film allows a cleaner, less messy finish if you are going to add the sauce.
- Simply blend together some coconut oil, sweetener, cacao
powder, vanilla essence and a pinch of salt. I kept adding the ingredients
until the texture looked like a sauce. The coconut oil will help the sauce to
set when refrigerated. Drizzle over the
top of the brownies and leave to set. I used a fork to make some patterns in
the top. When set, take out of the fridge and cut into small squares. It is
rich so I think smaller portions are better but it is of course entirely up to