Vegan Quinoa Brownies with Creamy Apricot & Nut Frosting

Sunday is our baking day! And we really love to create some of those sin-free treats that you could eat as much as you want with no guilt at all. Today we are going to make vegan quinoa brownies, which are also gluten-free, with amazing apricot frosting. Somehow our brownies disappeared in half an hour… 🙂 and guess what? No guilt at all, lots of happy faces instead. We hope you`ll love our brownies too!

Vegan Quinoa Brownies with Creamy Apricot & Nut Frosting

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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Vegan chocolate brownies with creamy apricot and cashew nuts frosting.

Ingredients

    For the brownies:

  • 100 g Pitted dry dates
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp Organic cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 150 ml Water
  • 1 tbsp Maple or agave syrup
  • 5 ml Vanilla essence
  • For the frosting:

  • 75 g Cashew nuts
  • 100 g Dry apricots
  • 50 g Plant-based yogurt – we used Koko Dairy Free (just because we LOVE it) but you could use any other plant-based yogurt.
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Maple or agave syrup

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Directions

  1. Soak the following ingredients in water for 2-3 hours.
  • Dates
  • Apricots
  • Cashew nuts
  • Quinoa
  • Preparing the brownies:
    • In a food processor, add the soaked quinoa and dates, followed by the coconut oil, cocoa powder, baking powder, vanilla, and maple/agave syrup.
    • Top up with 150 ml of water. You could use the water you soaked the dates in.
    • Blend for 2-3 minutes, or until you get a smooth batter.
    • Spread the batter in a baking tin lined with baking paper.
    • Bake for 30 minutes at 180°C.
    • Leave the brownie to rest 10 minutes, then remove it from the tin.
  • Prepare the frosting:
    • Blend all the ingredients together. If you like it sweeter, add some extra maple/agave syrup.
  • Evenly spread the frosting over the brownie.
  • Let it settle in the fridge for half an hour.
  • Cut into squares. The size of the squares is totally up to you. You could even serve them as party bites.
  • Decorate with dry apricots and raw cashew nuts. (or improvise with the decoration)
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    Some tips from us:
    – You could try replacing the yogurt with cream cheese. There are plenty of plant-based alternatives that would be great. We love the Koko Dairy Free Cream Cheese Alternative.
    – A prune`s juice would be a great replacement of the water in the brownie. Will make it sweeter and rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
    – You could save some time and effort and frost the brownie with yogurt only.  Koko Dairy Free has so rich coconut taste and we love it, however, would be great with fruit yogurt too.

    We hope you enjoyed! Would love to hear from you in the comments below.

    Very best wishes,
    xxx Tasty Game Team

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