Satisfy your sweet tooth, guilt free!

Can clean eating and chocolate brownies go together? If you ask Taline Gabrielian, founder of Hippie Lane, then they absolutely can. Her debut cookbook of the same name has plenty more proof that health food can be inspiring, delicious and, if you also take a peek at her Instagram account, jaw-droppingly stylish.

Driven by passion for food, health and family, Taline has developed a visually stunning collection of nourishing whole-food and plant-based recipes that cater for every meal and any occasion – from fast mid-week smoothies and wholesome bliss bowls, to sumptuous party spreads. But if you’re anything like us, you’ll want to skip ahead to the desserts. With the annual chocolate bunny binge only a couple of weeks away, Taline’s no-bake and no-guilt hazelnut and chocolate brownie recipe couldn’t have arrived at a better time.

Brownie Recipe

Raw Hazelnut Brownies Makes 14 | R + VGN DF GF RSF

Chocolate and hazelnut: who can resist? These easy no-bake brownies are almost too good to be true. You don’t need a whole lot of time or ingredients to get these ones happening — but you may find it hard to resist the whole slab!

270 g (9½ oz/2 cups) hazelnuts
265 g (9½ oz/2½ cups) shredded coconut
85 g (3 oz/¾ cup) raw cacao powder
650 g (1 lb 7 oz/4 cups) almonds
⅛ teaspoon Himalayan salt
225 g (8 oz/1½ cups) medjool dates
250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) rice malt syrup

450 g (1 lb/3 cups) chopped sugar-free dark chocolate
500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) coconut milk

1. Place the hazelnuts, coconut, cacao powder, almonds and salt in a food processor and process into small crumbs.
2. Add the dates and rice malt syrup and process until the mixture is well combined and sticky.
3. Line a 24 cm (9½ inch) square cake tin, about 5 cm (2 inches) deep, with baking paper. Transfer half the brownie mixture to the tin and press down evenly.
Set the remaining brownie mixture aside.
4. To make the chocolate ganache, add the chocolate and coconut milk to a saucepan and stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted and thickened. Remove from the heat. Using a tablespoon, randomly dollop about 6 tablespoons of the ganache over the brownie base. Freeze for 10–20 minutes.
5. Remove the tin from the freezer and press the remaining brownie mixture evenly over the top. Pour the rest of the ganache over the brownie, spreading it evenly.
6. Freeze for 3–4 hours, or until set.
7. Remove from the freezer 30–40 minutes before serving. Cut into slices to serve. The brownies will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for 4–6 weeks.

Brownie Recipe

Recipe and image from Hippie Lane by Taline Gabrielian (Murdoch Books RRP $39.99). Photography by Sneh Roy.

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