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Vegan Nutella Brownies

These vegan Nutella Brownies will make you SWOON! They're made with hazelnuts, cocoa, dates, and avocado--you'll never know they're healthy.
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: brownies
Servings: 9 or 16
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • For the brownie:
  • 1 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup cacao*
  • 2 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • For the "icing":
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup cacao*
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp hazelnuts crushed, for topping

Instructions

  • Place hazelnuts and dates in food processor and pulse for at least 30 seconds so that they are mixed well.
  • Add in cacao, syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon; pulse.
  • Spray an 8x8 pan with nonstick spray, or cover with coconut oil, and then pour brownie "batter" into pan and use a spatula to smooth everything out.
  • Place pan in freezer; allowing it to set.
  • While brownies are setting, create icing.
  • Mash avocado with a fork--make sure to mash REALLY well so that mixture is smooth.
  • Add in cacao, syrup and oil and use an electric mixer to combine everything; stir until smooth.
  • Pour icing overtop of brownies, using a spatula to smooth everything out and place back in freezer for approximately 5 minutes before cutting into brownies.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*Can also sub for unsweetened cocoa powder.