Safe Word

There’s this hilarious episode of Portlandia where Nina and Lance decide to use “cacao” as their safe word. It’s wrong on so many levels and even slightly disturbing, but therein lies it hilarity. Which brings me to my point, cacao. Not as a safe word, but as a super food.


“Cacao to cacao.”

Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve been on quite the raw/vegan/paleo/gluten-free (did I miss anything?) frenzy as of late, so I was no less intrigued when I stumbled upon a raw brownie recipe, complete with avocado frosting. No bake, no hassle.

Rawesome Brownie Recipe (makes 1 dozen)
Adapted from Not Quite Nigella

Rawesome (adjective; \ˈrȯ-səm\)
1. Raw food that is expressive of awe
2. Raw food that inspire awe
3. Raw food that is terrific, extraordinary

Brownie Ingredients:
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup medjool dates, pitted
⅓ cup cacao powder

Frosting Ingredients:
1 avocado
2.5 oz agave nectar
1 oz cacao powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
dash salt
dash cinnamon

1. Blend walnuts and dates.
2. Mix in above with cacao by hand, Play Doh style.
3. Pack compactly in 12-count muffin tin.
4. Blend frosting ingredients until smooth.
5. Remove brownies from tin and spread frosting generously over brownie.
6. Freeze brownies for 1 hour to set.


Raw never looked so sexy.


PS. Update: These taste best frozen. Imagine a cross between fudge and ice cream! They look most presentable when shaped into mini brownie bowls with the fudge frosting inside. Just use the bottom of a muffin tin to mold the rawesome brownie bites.


5 thoughts on “Safe Word

  1. brent ray taylor says:

    Thanks for the recipe. My wife and I are recent paleo, gluten, whole foods( if-it’s-on-sale) food consumers…and my daughter is a college junior studying Dietetics, so I’m passing along this recipe to her. It looks good, we’ll see!

    • Three Teaspoons A Day says:

      @brent ray taylor I’m with you on the “whole foods (if-it’s-on-sale)” consumerism! Thank you for passing this recipe along to your daughter – let me know how your family likes it. I personally prefer to keep these brownies in the freezer and eat them cold. 🙂


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