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Hazelnut & Coconut Chai Brownies

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The secret ingredient in this brownie recipe is the chai spices, which gives the brownies such a unique taste!  You simply cut open a tea bag and pour it in!  Your choice of green, black or herbal chai tea.  I posted a picture below of the coconut chai tea that I used.  This recipe is a cross between brownie and fudge textures.  It is rich, decadent and for the true chocolate lover!

Typical spices in chai include black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and the herb fennel.  The fennel and spices frequently featured in chai are known to help promote better digestive health.  For example, black pepper stimulates the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid required for breaking down food, while fennel inhibits bacteria that cause gas and clove refreshs your mouth and throat.  Cinnamon is also a health-protecting antioxidant, and ginger is a recognized anti-nausea remedy that soothes the stomach.  All of that aside, the bottom line is…. IT TASTES GREAT!  What more research needs to be done? haha

Adapted from the Danish cookbook “Raw Cake”, by Caroline Fibæk)

Ingredients: Makes 12-24 brownies, depends on how big your eyes are :)Hazelnut-&-Coconut-Chai-Brownies101

  • 4 cups medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup cold-pressed raw coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or preferred sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup raw grounded flax meal
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 6 coconut chai tea bags, contents of (see below)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts, roughly chopped

Preparation:

  1. Prepare the 8×8, straight-edged pan by lining it with plastic wrap.  This will help when it comes time to remove the brownies.  Set aside.
  2. Place all ingredients, except the hazelnuts, in food processor.  Process using the “S” blade until everything is well incorporated.
  3. Remove the dough and place in a large bowl.
  4. Add the chopped hazelnuts and work the dough by hand.  Run your hand under the faucet to dampen your hand.  Then using the palm of your hand, make folding motions with the dough so the hazel nuts get evenly distributed.  If the dough starts to stick to your hands, just dampen them again.
  5. Press the dough into the pan.
  6. Put the brownies in the freezer and let it set for a least an hour.
  7. Slice squares, sprinkle with cacao powder and garnish with whole hazelnuts.

 

This is just to show you how lining your pan can really make things easier for you in the long run. ;)

Update:  I posted this recipe on 12/11/11.  I put a batch in the freezer and just now took them out.. 3/30/12… still taste amazing!!

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9 thoughts on “Hazelnut & Coconut Chai Brownies

  1. Sonia says:

    HI Amie
    Do you make the tea or just use the tea leaves all whole in the recipe. I have some left over Chai tea that I could use & add the flavors I see on your picture.

    Looks wonderful & easy!

    • amie-sue says:

      Sonia,
      I used the contents of the tea bag, opened up the bag and dumped them in! Please let me know if you make this recipe and what you think. Have a blessed day! amie sue

  2. Cara says:

    Hi Amie,

    My partner turned me on to your website a few months ago (he met you when he worked at Nature Medica) and I subscribed to your emails. This is the first recipe I’ve made of yours – I just happened to have all of the ingredients in the house, even Zhena’s Coconut Chai – so I had to make it! I never would have thought to incorporate tea into a recipe but this opens up a world of possibilities – it was fantastic (though I didn’t freeze the whole recipe, we were eating it as soon as it was mixed) – thanks!
    ~Cara

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Cara,
      Thank you for sharing. :) Don’t you just love that coconut chai tea? Many blessings to you and your family…. amie sue

  3. laura says:

    OMG I am making this today!!!I love coconut and Chai so, I also had everything in my house. Thanks so much for this it looks so yummy!!!:)

    • amie-sue says:

      I love your excitement Laura! Please keep me posted if you make them. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Marry Christmas! amie sue

  4. Ludia says:

    Amie-sue,

    you are a magician!

    I made these yesteday, had the first one this morning, and straightaway had to come and tell everyone just how amazing and delicious they are. That coconut chai tea gives it this je ne c’est quoi quality.

    You have done it again, Amie-sue, and I thank you. These are going out as Christmas gifts, that’s if we can keep our paws off them!

    Ludia

  5. Leo says:

    This is the first recipe i made from your site and they are so good. Wow….. Made it yesterday and luckily i made only half the amount, cause I already ate all of it. Can’t resist these. Definitely going to make these again and will try many more of your inspiring recipes. Compliments for all your work Amie-Sue.

    Made it with carob instead of cacao cause i’m allergic for cacao. Also used less sweetener because of the carob which is sweeter on itself than cacao. Not a big fan of carob, but like this its delicious.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Leo,
      I am glad to hear that you experimented with carob. Cacao can be an issue for some people. Thank you for sharing that. These are down right addictive. Thank you sharing your experience with me/us. Many blessings, amie sue

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