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Chipotle Cacao Raw Brownies

Quick: You are traveling, you don’t have any of your own kitchen equipment and someone asks you to bring a raw dessert to dinner. What to do? Raw Brownies! I recently posted a brownie recipe but instead of making the same recipe, I found myself thinking, “What else can I do with this raw recipe?”. The thought of adding a little heat and smoke to the chocolate was irresistible. I was so pleased with how these came out, I thought it was worth sharing with you.



This time around I decided to use walnuts instead of hazelnuts and throw in some ground chipotle powder to get the aforementioned heat and smoke. I rounded it out with cinnamon, an exciting addition of figs that created depth and a chipotle ganache. Gourmet raw brownies, here we come!



Walnuts are a great source of Omega-3’s, heart healthy monounsaturated fats, anti-oxidants to support your immune system and L-arginine, an essential amino acid which promotes healthy blood pressure.


Chipotle Cacao Raw Brownies

MAKES 16 2x2 inch Brownies


  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch Himalayan salt
  • 2 cups Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup dried figs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  1. Process the walnuts in the food processor until finely ground.
  2. Add cacao, chipotle powder, cinnamon and salt. Pulse until combined.
  3. Add figs and dates, 1/4 cup at a time until all ingredients are well combined. Pulse in optional vanilla.
  4. Pat into 8 x 8-inch pan.

Chipotle Ganache

  • 1/2 cup cacao
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or liquid sweetener of your choice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Whisk all ingredients together. Pour over top of brownies and chill until set.
  2. Cut into 2″ squares.


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  1. ditza wrote on April 22, 2014

    Just tried it and it is great!!! Had no figs so I put some more dates, and instead of chipotle, which we don’t have, put some grounded hot chili peppers, about the half of the amount mentioned, because it is very hot. Turned out great! Thank you!!

  2. Nicole wrote on March 18, 2014

    Just tried this recipe and didn’t have enough nuts so I tried oats. Worked great!

  3. Victoria wrote on February 13, 2014

    Susan,thanks for the amazing cake! I am wondering what can I use instead walnuts since I am an allergic? Thanks! :)

    • Susan wrote on February 13, 2014

      Victoria, you could try pecans. You may have to tweak the recipe a bit. Cheers!

  4. Bobbie wrote on January 29, 2014

    I just made these and they’re delicious! Do you think I can freeze some for a later date? Thanks!

    • Susan wrote on January 29, 2014

      Hi, Bobbie, I haven’t tried freezing them but it should work. Let me know how it goes! :-)

  5. Emma wrote on April 9, 2013

    Thanks so much for the recipe. I made them today and they’re fabulous. The chipotle really adds something special and you’re right about cutting them into little squares, they’re super rich!

  6. Susan wrote on February 6, 2013

    I did not soak them but mine were fresh and soft. Cheers!

  7. Keegan wrote on February 6, 2013

    Quick question, do you soak the dates and figs first?

  8. Tiffany wrote on September 30, 2012

    For the 2 cups nuts, can I replace something else with it? Something other than nuts or seeds?

    • Susan wrote on September 30, 2012

      You might want to try a recipe that isn’t nut based. It is such a dramatic substitution, the whole recipe would have to be reworked. Cheers!

  9. kira wrote on May 25, 2012

    Chipotle peppers are smoked jalapenos, so no, not raw–chocolate also goes well with New Mexico red peppers or a dash of serrano or jalapeno–if you really do not like hot, just add more cinnamon.

    • Susan wrote on May 25, 2012

      Yes, they are not raw. But I love using them for flavor in recipes. You will notice that this site is not about being 100% raw, it is about incorporating raw food into your diet. Chipotle peppers actually have some wonderful health benefits and also a tiny amount gives a big flavor.

  10. Jill wrote on April 27, 2012

    Wowza! These look fantastic, and I can’t wait to try them out!! Yummmm…


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