Today is the Presidential Election in the U.S. Folks are more divided and vocal about it than I can recall them being in the past 5 presidential elections in which I’ve voted. The only thing I know that will bring us back together is brownies. And bourbon. Maybe more of one than the other.
This afternoon, I am delivering a batch of these brownies to two campaign offices, one a group of folks I closely identify with and the other group one I don’t relate well to but respect for their passion and convictions. While challenged, I am trying hard to approach this from a place of love and understanding, knowing we won’t both “win” in this election…except when it comes to eating brownies. Everyone is a winner with a belly full of brownies.
This recipe is inspired by the B-Raw-Nies created by Dreena Burton. I’m so very grateful for what I’ve learned from her website and cookbooks.
Election Day Bourbon Brownie Fudge
- 1 cup raw almonds
- ¾ cup raw cashews
- 1 ¾ cups Medjool dates , pitted
- ½ cup dried cherries , unsweetened
- ½ cup of your favorite bourbon , whiskey or rum
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 t . vanilla bean paste
- ¼ t . sea salt
- ¾ cup coconut butter (NOT coconut oil, I use Artisana brand)
- 1/3 cup agave nectar OR maple syrup
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- In a small bowl or mason jar, add ½ cup dried cherries to ½ cup bourbon (or whiskey or rum). Let cherries rehydrate for at least an hour, preferably overnight. Drain off excess bourbon, reserving for a cocktail or sipping while making the fudge.
- In bowl of the food processor, add almonds and cashews and process until very fine, almost like a flour.
- Next add dates and cherries, processing until crumbly but not together in a ball.
- Finally, add cocoa powder, vanilla bean paste and salt. Process until well combined.
- Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper. Press the brownie mixture into the bottom of the pan. Using a small piece of parchment on top may help smooth the mixture.
- Refrigerate while preparing the topping.
- It is important to mix the topping in a bowl by hand, not with a mixer. Overmixing the topping may cause the oil to separate. Mix coconut butter and agave or maple syrup together until very well combined. Just a spoon is needed to do this. Once well combined, add in the cocoa powder. Mix until smooth, then spread over the top of the fudge base. Refrigerate for one hour.
- Lift from pan by lifting out the parchment paper. Slice into desired size pieces and serve.
- These keep best refrigerated.
- A note: If you are serving these to children, you may omit soaking the cherries in alcohol. The mixture will be a bit more dense, however it is still a delicious brownie fudge mixture.
Get out there and vote today. Then reach across the party line and share a brownie or a hug or a glass of green juice. It’s gonna be ok, folks. Well, at least as long as the brownie supply holds out…