So… growing up I was obsessed with sweets. Like seriously obsessed.
When I was told that heaven was a place you went to after you died where everything was lovely I imagined this to be a place where everything was made out of candy. Like Hansel and Gretel house in the woods style. Except with no evil witch.
And in my version, the trees, clouds, flowers, grass and everything else was made out of candy! You just walked around eating and as you ate it refilled itself so it never ran out. That was my version of heaven.
And around this time one of my favorite chocolates ever was Cadbury’s Top Deck. Getting a slab of this chocolate for Christmas or birthdays was bliss. I even stopped biting my nails for two whole weeks when a slab of this was offered to me as a bribe.
Top Deck chocolate consists of a regular milk chocolate layer on the bottom, with a white chocolate topping.
You could bite off the top layer and have a mouthful of pure white chocolate and then eat the bottom piece on its own for a full milk chocolate flavor, or you could bite into the whole square and appreciate the blend of the two flavors. It was entertaining to eat!
And I loved Top Deck chocolate all the way into adulthood. Top Deck is a pretty beloved chocolate in South Africa and it’s also popular in the UK and Australia. I don’t think it’s really available anywhere else otherwise it would likely be popular there too!
Sadly though – this is not a dairy-free chocolate.
But this chocolate is what inspired these gorgeous top deck no bake brownies. I wanted to do the top deck thing but in a vegan dessert that would be simple and delicious.
So I settled on a raw chocolate brownie base and a white vanilla frosting for the topping. And the result was simply….spectacular!
I have to admit I did try to make an actual white chocolate topping, using coconut oil, cocoa butter, sugar etc, but several things went wrong. Firstly….. I totally flopped it.
But even if it had turned out as it was supposed to, when I was just mixing the ingredients I was looking at it with long teeth. There was just so much oily stuff going in there and it felt like it would make this a very heavy dessert. So that idea went out the window.
And I decided to do white vanilla frosting instead, and it worked out SO well, because the frosting adds a wonderful lightness to this dessert.
The blend of flavors in this is just magnificent. Light creamy vanilla frosting over dark chocolate crunchy brownies and then topped with vegan chocolate sprinkles.
And you know what else is awesome? These brownies are no bake brownies! Woohoo! This recipe is done in 30 minutes from start to finish and there is no cooking involved.
You will love how fabulously these brownies contrast the flavor of the dark chocolate with the vanilla frosting, and how deliciously simple they are to throw together.
So let us know how you like this recipe by leaving a comment! Made it already? Rate it and let us know how it went! Tag us #lovingitvegan on instagram too if you happen to post a pic, I want to see ALL THE THINGS! 🙂 Thanks guys!
These raw vegan brownies are so fudgy and delicious you’d never guess they’re healthy too! They’re also topped with a seriously decadent raw chocolate topping.
For the Brownies
- 4 cups (400g) Walnuts (Raw)*
- 2 cups (350g) Soft Pitted Medjool Dates (packed cups)*
- 1/2 cup (42g) Cocoa Powder*
For the Chocolate Topping:
- Add half the walnuts, half the dates and half the cocoa powder to the food processor and process. The mix will first become crumbly and will stick to the sides, but then gradually will become sticky and start to clump together into a kind of dough. It needs to be oily and when you grab some of the dough and roll it in your fingers it must stick together.
- Transfer that to a mixing bowl and then add the second half of the walnuts, pitted dates and cocoa powder to your food processor and repeat the process. Transfer to your mixing bowl and mix together well.
- Spray an 8 x 8 square dish with non-stick spray and line it with parchment paper so that there is overhang on each side. Press the brownie mix down into the dish and pack it down with the back of a spoon.
- Melt the coconut oil and then add the maple syrup, vanilla and cocoa powder and stir or whisk together until smooth. Pour it over the brownie base and smooth down evenly.
- Place the dish into the fridge until completely set before slicing.
- Keep them stored in the fridge where they will stay good for at least a week. They are also freezer friendly!
*Walnuts can be switched for macadamia nuts.
*You can use a different kind of pitted date other than medjool but they must be nice and soft.
*You can use raw cacao powder OR regular cocoa powder in this recipe.
*Maple syrup can be replaced with a different kind of syrup or agave nectar.
- Category: Dessert, Raw Vegan
- Method: By Hand
- Cuisine: Vegan
- Serving Size: 1 Brownie (of 16)
- Calories: 277
- Sugar: 18.2g
- Fat: 20.2g
- Saturated Fat: 4.6g
- Carbohydrates: 25.4g
- Fiber: 4.6g
- Protein: 4.9g
Keywords: raw vegan brownies