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Celebrate National Brownie Day with these chocolate raspberry reindeer brownies from plant-based food blogger Amy Lanza

Written by High Life North
Published 08.12.2020

chocolate raspberry reindeer brownies

Makes: 9


For the brownies:

  • 250g pitted dates
  • 80g cashews
  • 40g pretzels (GF if needed)
  • 140g cashew or almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 30g cacao powder
  • A pinch of salt

For the chocolate ganache:

  • 60g cashew or almond butter
  • 15g maple syrup
  • 10g cacao powder
  • 2 tbsps plant-based milk

For the pretzel reindeers:

  • 9 pretzels
  • 15g chocolate, melted
  • 9 chocolate raspberry brownie protein balls
  • Googly eyes (or more protein balls, chopped)
  • Edible stars
  • Extra pretzels


  1. Soak the dates in boiling water for 10 minutes and then drain, reserving 1-2 tbsps of the water.
  2. Blitz the cashews and pretzels in a blender to form a fine flour with small chunks then pour into a bowl.
  3. Add the dates to the blender with the cashew/almond butter and vanilla and process until jammy. Add in the cashews and pretzels, cacao powder and salt and blitz until it forms a sticky dough. Scrape down the sides as necessary and add 1-2 tbsp of reserved date water if needed.
  4. Line an 8-inch square dish with parchment paper. Transfer the sticky brownie mix to the dish and press down firmly to form an even base layer. Transfer to the freezer for 30-60 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the pretzel reindeer. Spoon over a little chocolate in the middle of the pretzel and add on the protein balls for the nose and then the eyes (or use extra protein balls chopped in 1/4). Place on a parchment lined tray and set in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  6. Make the chocolate ganache by whisking or stirring together all the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
7. Spread the chocolate ganache over the brownies, chop into 9 squares and decorate with extra pretzels, some edible stars and the pretzel reindeer.

Recipes devised for The Protein Ball Co. and The Great British Porridge Co. by Amy Lanza @nourishing.amy

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