Almost raw brownies with maple ganache

Almost raw brownies with maple ganache

The other night I had dream that I accidentally pulled out into oncoming traffic while driving my brother’s truck. Just as I made impact with an 18 wheeler, I shot up out of bed and immediately thought THE FUCKING SUGAR (or, well, lack thereof) because half a dozen of you wrote in to let me know that I’d probably be experiencing some seriously trippy dreams during the initial detox. But considering I’m still eating natural sugar and pure maple syrup, I figured the lack of refined sugar alone couldn’t be enough to cause trippy dreams. So I took to my trusty friend Google and once I read the result, it hit me: it’s not the lack of sugar. It’s the anxiety surrounding the fact that I’m finally announcing the business we’ve been keeping secret for the past year and a half.. in less than 48 hours.

Well. That was two days ago so I’ll give you a wild guess what today is.

I’ve told you this before, but it was never our plan to stay in Denver. It was always a safe spot for us to rest and get things in order (read: get back on our feet) before we moved on to what we thought would be bigger and better things. But Denver grew on me the way the unrelenting ivy grows up the exterior of the place we now call home. And despite the fact that the air is thin and dirty and the city has become so crowded that I can no longer get a seat at my favorite bar on a Friday night, I love it here. The people. The food. Our proximity to the mountains. But we were pretty damn close to packing it all up and saying SAYONARA, DENVER. And had it not been for a jar of pungent green coconut oil that played musical chairs around our kitchen for a good 12 months, I’m 99% certain we’d be on a completely different path right now. Isn’t that crazy to think? That a jar of freakin’ coconut oil drastically altered the direction of our lives? It blows my mind every time I think about it.

Anyway. The coconut oil. I made something delicious with it and let’s just say it was really well received. And a few months after the fact, I finally worked up the guts to confront Thom and be all Hey a lot of people like these things and I think we’re in a pretty sweet spot to make something happen.

So we are. Because not only did Thom take my wild idea and embrace it, he ran with it. And not once did he hesitate or second guess the concept I just kind of hurled into the Universe one day, totally thinking he’d roll his eyes and move on because we had plans. Loose plans, but plans that would offer security and a fair amount of travel. Not ones that would come with a five year commercial lease and a mountain full of risk. Unlike me, neither of those things phased him because, you know, it’s the cost of doing business. But on days that I’ve felt like we’re way in over our heads – on days that I’ve wanted to say FTS and return to a life without suffocating uncertainty – he’s been right behind me, picking up the pieces and reminding me that I can do this. That we can do this. That, “You are King Midas and you have the power to turn everything around you to gold.” And for that I am eternally grateful because without Thom on my side – without his unwavering support and his grit and his fierce dedication – our life would probably look a lot different right now. He is, without a doubt, the reason this company exists. All because he was willing to forgo his short-term hopes and dreams to make my seemingly unattainable ones a reality.

Here’s to new beginnings, to a wild idea, and to the recipe that started it all (minus one special ingredient, for obvious reasons). Somewhere out there, five year old me – who swore she’d grow up and be a teacher – is losing her shit right now.

Head over to Jessica Murnane‘s One Part Podcast to find out what we’ve got up our sleeves. And a little update from when we taped the pod: we got our license. Which means we’re official. And yes, I celebrated appropriately.

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Notes: I’ve made these brownies with almonds and walnuts in place of the cashews – and both turned out delicious – but the cashew base is my favorite as it doesn’t interfere with the flavor of the cacao or maple ganache. If you’d like these to be 100% raw, replace the rolled oats with 3/4 cup more of raw cashew pieces. If your dates are on the dry side, soak them in warm water for ~10 minutes before using. If you don’t have a mini cheesecake pan, you can press the mixture into a 6″ cake pan and smear with ganache. Tastes just the same. PROMISE.


1 1/2 cups (190g) raw cashew pieces
1 cup (90g) rolled oats
1/2 cup (34g) cacao powder
Heavy pinch of fine sea salt
12-14 (210g) medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons (24g) unrefined coconut oil, melted (but not hot)
2-3 tablespoons (28-42g) unsweetened almondmilk

Maple ganache
1/2 cup (34g) cacao powder
3 tablespoons (36g) unrefined coconut oil, melted (but not hot)
3-4 tablespoons (45-60g) Grade B maple syrup
Pinch of fine sea salt

You’ll also need
Cacao powder
Sliced almonds
Cacao nibs

Sea salt flakes

Lightly grease a 12 cavity mini cheesecake pan with coconut oil; set aside. In a food processor fitted with the S blade, blend the cashews and oats into a super fine meal (this should take about 1-2 minutes), then add the cacao powder and sea salt and pulse just until combined. Add the dates (see notes above if working with dry dates) and pulse for 25-30 seconds, until evenly distributed. Add the coconut oil and almondmilk and process until fully incorporated. Divide and press the mixture into the cavities of the prepared pan then transfer to the freezer to chill for 20-30 minutes.

While the brownies are chilling, whip up the ganache by adding the cacao powder and 2 tablespoons of the coconut oil to a small bowl; whisk until all of the cacao power clumps dissolve, then whisk in the remaining coconut oil. Add the maple syrup and whisk just until combined (make sure your maple syrup is room temperature, otherwise it will cause the coconut oil to solidify). Once the brownies have chilled, pop them out of the pan and place them up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top with a spoonful of ganache, dust with cacao powder, and sprinkle with almonds, cacao nibs, and sea salt flakes. Brownies can be kept refrigerated (or frozen) for up to one month.

Although delicious at room temperature (while the ganache is perfectly melty), I prefer to eat the brownies straight from the fridge (because the chilled ganache develops a consistency similar to fudge).

Yield: 12 brownies



  • Reply Maureen Sutherland Weiser 27 October 2016 at 6:21 AM

    You go gurl!!!!! Congratulations on your venture!

  • Reply Heather 27 October 2016 at 6:34 AM

    Alright ladycakes, I didn’t see that one coming but I am so dang happy for you both. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply The Sunday Mode 27 October 2016 at 6:39 AM

    These look amazing, I can’t cashews though so I love knowing that I can sub walnuts when I want to make these!

  • Reply Laura 27 October 2016 at 7:37 AM

    So so happy for you, but you already knew that ;) Endless fist bumps from up here! xo

  • Reply Lisa 27 October 2016 at 7:50 AM

    YAAAAAS. Such amazing news–congratulations!

  • Reply Ashley 27 October 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Yesssssssss!!! Can’t wait to listen to the podcast but so freaking proud + excited for you both! Also, it took me farrrr too long to realize why your coconut oil was green. HA — Can’t wait to see this business come to life + so glad you’re staying in Denver. Now, let’s hang SOON. xo

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout 27 October 2016 at 7:57 AM

    This is super awesome! So stoked for you and for this! ;)

  • Reply Nik 27 October 2016 at 8:47 AM

    I’m super excited and happy for you! You’re achieving all your dreams 😃

  • Reply becky 27 October 2016 at 8:49 AM

    congrats Ashlae & Thom. wishing you all the success you guys deserve. i love to hear of people going after their wildest ambitions because it inspires me to do the same.

    also, those brownies look delicious and are happening soon.

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full 27 October 2016 at 9:19 AM

    YASSSSS QUEEN!!!! I am so excited for you!!!! Is it weird/stalkerish that I’m already planning my next trip to Denver to have some OLC special treats?! ;) Sending HUGE hugs!!

  • Reply Natalie 27 October 2016 at 9:27 AM

    These look absolutely delicious! Congrats on the new venture – so exciting, can’t wait to see it take off and flourish like OLC

    – Natalie

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha 27 October 2016 at 9:36 AM

    This is so so exciting!! And those little brownies, sound gorgeous :D
    xo and good luck for your new chapter

  • Reply danielle / rootingthesun 27 October 2016 at 9:48 AM

    you’ve got my infinite love and respect lady! this is an incredible opportunity and I can only imagine the beauty that will come from your perseverance and intelligence (not that it hasn’t already, ten-fold). marijuana is an extremely bright future and it’s in our hands to expel the stigma and lengthen the embrace. you’re doing it, and you’re doing it right. congratulations beautiful – cheers to it all.

  • Reply Emma 27 October 2016 at 10:13 AM

    SO COOL. Sending congrats from Canada!!! We might be slowly on our way to similar laws… ;)

  • Reply Baked Vegan 27 October 2016 at 10:18 AM

    this is so exciting! can’t wait to listen to the podcast :)

  • Reply Nitasha 27 October 2016 at 10:26 AM

    OMGOMGOMG Congrats!!! I am so excited for you guys! Been following you for a while and adore every single recipe you post. (Insert so many heart eyed emojies!)

  • Reply Katrina 27 October 2016 at 10:43 AM

    These are some dang fancy-pants brownies! I need more stuff like this in my life. I’m thinking these paired with some thermos tea would be BEST friends on a fall hike!

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  • Reply Jordan 27 October 2016 at 11:17 AM

    DUDE. This is way better than I expected. I was guessing you guys were opening some kind of vegan and/or raw bakery of sorts. But THIS? Genius. I can’t wait to try it – we will definitely make the trip up from the Springs to check it out.

  • Reply Joyce @ Sun Diego Eats 27 October 2016 at 11:50 AM

    lol my first guess based on “pungent green coconut oil” was some kind of spirulina or matcha coconut butter. what you’re actually doing is way cooler :P

  • Reply Jade 27 October 2016 at 12:10 PM

    WOW! All I can say is HUGE CONGRATULATIONS you two!

  • Reply Heather 27 October 2016 at 1:14 PM

    I just finished listening to the podcast! Everything sounds so exciting. I was curious what you would be using to dissolve the THC – because I’ve only ever heard of butter. Coconut oil – genius. I know a lot of people in Washington that are going to be extremely happy about this product. I am hoping that your goods will make it out this way.

  • Reply hannah 27 October 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Holyyyyyyyyy shit oh lady! Before I listened to the pod I clicked on the link to your site and saw the photo of dat herb…this idea is TOTALLY genius! I travel for work to Denver a couple times a year, and my friend who lives there is always trying to get me to eat shitty lollipops or gross cookie edibles. I can’t fucking WAIT to try yours. I am seriously SO happy for you :D

    • Reply Scully 27 October 2016 at 1:44 PM

      I tooooootally thought those were kale chips.

      • Reply Ashlae 8 November 2016 at 11:27 AM

        Hi Scully –

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. You’re not the first person to say that. ;)

  • Reply Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land 27 October 2016 at 1:35 PM

    OH MY FREAKING WEEDY LORD!!! I am very very stoked on this. You are amazing. When I was going through chemo, a good friend of mine brought me these little chocolate hazelnut coins and they helped me so much with my nauseous days. Another friend of ours just opened a dispensary in a tiny town in British Columbia – I am going to direct him to Alchemy!! I obviously must come back to Denver to try out some brownies, hehe! XOXO

  • Reply Hannah 27 October 2016 at 2:19 PM

    You + Jessica Murnane = my favorite thing on the internet by far. With that being said…holy shit. Holy shit! Alchemy is brilliant and I just know it’s going to be a huge success. Congratulations! I hope you’re celebrating hard today.

  • Reply Anya 27 October 2016 at 4:23 PM

    You are a GENIUS! Congratulations, so excited for you two :)

  • Reply Lisa 27 October 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Congratulations!!! So exciting to watch this new venture grow. And also can’t wait to purchase your products..oh..and this recipe is now on my Thanksgiving menu

  • Reply Michelle 27 October 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Love this! Seriously going to seek out your baked goods next time I’m in Denver :)

  • Reply Anna 27 October 2016 at 7:33 PM

    This entire time I thought you were starting a bakery. This is so much better than a bakery and you can bet your cute ass (your expression in that last pic is adorbs) there will be a road trip to Colorado for the sole purpose of trying Alchemy edibles. Pumped for you guys!

  • Reply Rosie 28 October 2016 at 2:43 AM

    These look and sound absolutely delicious! I would also like to ask what photo editing program you use? I have tried many, many programs but my photos always turn out blurry and not-nice-looking and I would rather sacrifice adjusting white balance for sharpness like yours… Any tips / recommendations of your preferred editing program?

    • Reply Ashlae 8 November 2016 at 11:18 AM

      Hi Rosie –

      I think it’s about the camera than the editing software. I soot with a Canon Mark III and edit with Lightroom. Hope that helps!

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  • Reply Gemma 28 October 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Killer brownies! :-)
    Can’t wait to know more about Eat Alchemy! The name sounds so good. Congratulations on this new chapter of your life!


  • Reply Jenna & just j.faye 28 October 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Yay, congrats! I remember you talking about this when we had lunch a Biju’s (a year ago?!) and am glad to hear it’s all official!!

  • Reply Dawn 29 October 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Freakin’ awesome!! Love the name “Alchemy Edibles”, super cool. You both will rock Denver with your products. Definitely an excuse to visit Colorado. Keep the faith you have the midas touch ; )

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  • Reply Bre 30 October 2016 at 11:16 PM

    How amazing! Congrats on the venture! I look forward to hearing and seeing more. Denver is lucky to have you stay!!!!

  • Reply Elenore Bendel Zahn 1 November 2016 at 3:25 AM

    You got the license!!! WOOOOOOOHHOO! I am so crazy excited for you it’s probably a bit crazy? No but seriously amazing woman you. This is SO RAD. Following a wild dream is where it’s at! You also got me thinking + brainstorming so much around my brand + future so thank you for opening up and sharing your thoughts. Blogosphere is brilliant and so magical but yeah, all the other projects and ideas is by far so much more sustainable and also what I think actually IS what makes the content on the blog so darn good. Can’t wait to keep following along one of my absolute faves (THATS YOU!) High fives to you and Thom! Me and Fabian salute you!

  • Reply Becca 1 November 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Your entrepreneurial spirit is inspiring. Alchemy is going to be huge, Ashlae! I just know it. All my best to you and Thom!

  • Reply Sophia 3 November 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Congrats lady! I loved listening to the podcast! Endlessly proud of you and can’t wait to make it down to Co one day for a taste ;)

  • Reply Cindy 4 November 2016 at 8:20 PM

    So….any idea when Alchemy Edibles will be up & running & selling to the public???? Such a cool idea :) Congrats!

  • Reply Amandah 27 November 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Mmmmmm I’m always down to try a new brownie recipe!! These look so good!

  • Reply Jana du Plessis 10 January 2017 at 10:54 PM

    I made these for our Christmas dessert and DAMN. They were insane!! I’m now pondering whether or not making a stash for my freezer throughout the year will be a good idea…

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