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Everything Is Illuminated + Raw Vegan Brownies

Before I share some raw vegan brownies with you, let me gush about Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. When I first started reading it, I didn’t like it that much. I wasn’t empathizing with any of the characters, and found some of his writing hard to follow. By the end of the book, however, I had fallen in love with the story, characters, and Foer’s writing. The book is a combination of historical fiction and magical realism, and what I love so much about the book is that it’s a story of stories, such as that of his beautiful great great great great grandmother who came from the river, and his grandfather who had a dead arm and a long, long list of sexual partners. One of the most beautiful parts of the book is when Foer writes about a radiant “copulative voltage” that results from lovemaking:

“From space, astronauts can see people making love as a tiny speck of light. Not light, exactly, but a glow that could be mistaken for light– a coital radiance that takes generations to pour like honey through the darkness to the astronauts’ eyes… The glow is born from the sum of thousands of loves: newlyweds and teenagers who spark like lighters out of butane… Some nights, some places are a light brighter. It’s difficult to stare at New York City on Valentine’s Day, or Dublin on St. Patrick’s.”

That’s a little glimpse of what Everything Is Illuminated has to offer. Isn’t it beautiful? If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend the book! Who needs 50 Shades of Grey when sex is described so beautifully by Jonathan Safran Foer? This book will put you in the mood for raw vegan brownies. (To clarify: sex isn’t what the book is solely about, it’s just one part of a bigger story.)

Now, enough about copulative voltages and onto raw vegan brownies. These brownies are, truly, one of the best I have ever made and eaten. I’ve adapted this recipe from the lovely brickiepedia. If you have time you should definitely check out her blog!

ImageRaw Vegan Brownies
2 cups walnuts
2 1/2 cups pitted dates
1 cup cocoa powder
sprinkle of sea salt
cocoa powder for dusting

Soak the dates in warm water for 15 minutes or until soft.

In a food processor, process the walnuts until fine. Add the cocoa powder and sea salt, process again.

Add the softened dates to the food processor and process until thoroughly mixed.

Enjoy! I dip mine in soy milk 🙂

*stay posted for the upcoming recipes: pumpkin bread and falafel boats

Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,


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