Raw Vegan Blissed Out Brownies

With holiday festivities in full gear, along comes plenty of opportunities to make and share food. Feel good about indulging and create these raw vegan brownies.

Let’s start with dessert first because it’s like the most important meal EVER.

Most humans on the planet love chocolate, and the best way to keep you and your better half happy is to give them what they want.

If you really want to step up your game, be the hero and learn how to make your own decadent delights. Make this and you will be getting all kinds of kisses underneath the mistletoe. Tis the season indeed!

Raw Vegan Blissed Out Brownies

Skip the traditional recipe that contains white sugar, white flour, butter and eggs and go for this nutrient dense raw version. Side effects might leave you full of energy and stimulated without the typical sugar crash that comes after devouring desserts that are as tasty as this.

Are you ready for it?

Here is what you need:

-2 cups pecans

-3/4 cup packed pitted dates

-1 cup of warm water

-2/3 cup cacao powder

-1 Tbsp coconut oil

-A pinch of sea salt

Soak the dates in the cup of warm water and set aside. Grind the pecans in a food processor or Vitamix until it reaches a meal consistency (over processing will turn it into flour and unless you want your brownie to be a cake, don’t over process).

Transfer pecan meal into a large mixing bowl.

Once dates are nice and soft, remove 3/4 of the water.

Add dates and 1/4 cup of water and process with cacao powder, coconut oil and salt.

Mix fudge with the pecan meal until evenly combined and press into a square container, glass preferably.

Toss some cacao nibs in there for added texture and throw in fridge for at least 60 minutes to set.

Next we make the chocolate sauce.

In a small bowl combine:

-1/4 cup coconut oil

-2 Tbsp maple syrup

-3 Tbsp cacao powder

-A pinch of sea salt

Mix it up and leave out.

Spread it on top of brownies to add another tasty layer of chocolate.

Chocolate on top of chocolate is heaven…


Constantly curious and always exploring, Alex Lanau has been the head chef at Pavones Yoga Center, spreading the gospel of nutrient dense foods all day, everyday. Creating simple and inventive plant based meals as a reminder that cooking is not something to be intimidated by. With his practical approach and attention to detail, his edible art has converted countless carnivores to the dark side of the leafy greens. When he is not cooking for hungry yogis in various parts of the world, he is painting murals, eye gazing the sun and sea, and hanging out with his four legged furry son.




Join Alex this March at the Yoga Farm, Costa Rica to celebrate and explore Flavors + Form + Friends as the foundations of wellness. Learn more here:



Buena Vibra GIVEAWAY!

***UPDATE December 18, 2019:

Big congrats to the winner of this giveaway: @lucia088 !!! Thank you to all who entered and all those who support this flourishing community. Much love!

We are excited to announce the Buena Vibra GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to each and every one of you for helping make our community what it is.

One lucky member will receive a $200 discount code to go toward the BUENA VIBRA gathering, March 14-21, 2020 at the Yoga Farm, Costa Rica + a 2 Year Yoga Trade PLUS membership ($96 value).

Join Erica HartnickAlex Lanau, and the Yoga Farm Family for 7 days and nights of Buena Vibra: nutrient dense living to nourish the soul and awaken the senses! Celebrate Flavors, Form, and Friends as we explore these realms as the foundations of wellness. The Yoga Farm is a rustic off-the-grid yoga center and sustainable living project located on Costa Rica’s southernmost Pacific coast. Set amidst beautiful tropical rainforest, overlooking open ocean, and one of the most biologically diverse places in the world, it is an ideal space for those looking to reconnect with mind, body, and nature. Passionate humans (including the Yoga Trade Founders) and incredible flora and fauna inhabit this magical land. Gather for a week of delicious good vibes! Let’s share our wisdom and grow together! Learn about more details HERE.


(Please read directions carefully, it’s a 3 step process)

1. To enter, log into your Yoga Trade account and LEAVE A REPLY (post comment) below at the end of this BLOG post. In the comment, state why you are excited to attend the BUENA VIBRA gathering! You must be a Yoga Trade member to post a comment. (If you are not currently a member, you can sign up at

2. Visit the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE and mark that you are GOING or INTERESTED.

3.  Finally, SHARE about this BLOG/EVENT GIVEAWAY post on at least one social platform of your choice (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Share this link:

That’s it. You’re Entered!

Thank you for contributing to this flourishing community. We look forward to growing together!!!

The WINNER will be chosen at random ( and will be announced on December 18th, 2019.

*Only ONE entry allowed per person. You must be a real human to enter. The giveaway is only valid for persons age 18 and above. The event discount code and Yoga Trade membership is transferable to another person if winner is unable to use or would like to gift it. This giveaway is not redeemable for cash. 



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