Super Soft, Fudge Brownies (Raw & Paleo)


I am a massive fan of a little sweet treat after dinner and where my boyfriend doesn’t oblige (TMI?), I reach for a piece of chocolate or a raw dessert. It’s a bad habit, but one I’m in no hurry to break. IMG_0891

This soft, fudgy brownie is the perfect ‘little something extra’. It’s nutty, it’s chocolatey, it’s soft and decadent, all while being 100% healthy and super good for you. 

Walnuts are great for you because they’re packed full of plant-based omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin. Walnuts have higher quality antioxidants and a mix of more healthful antioxidants than any other nut.

Dates are a great source of fibre and energy, as well as essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc.  They also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. But be careful, like all fruits they’re sugar-dense so don’t eat them all day everyday!

Raw cacao is one of the richest sources of antioxidants (the stuff that stop you ageing!). Raw cacao contains up to four times the antioxidants of traditional cacao powder, and has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world. Raw cacao contains nearly twice the antioxidant content of red wine, and up to three times the antioxidant content of green tea. The cacao bean is also rich in magnesium, an energy mineral and vital electrolyte. This super-food is also a good source of sulfur. Sulfur is associated with strong nails, shiny hair and a healthy liver and pancreas. That’s permission to eat the stuff daily in my books!

I’ve already raved about the benefits of coconut oil here.

But like all good things, they should be enjoyed in moderation. It is still a sweet dessert, and sweet things aren’t meant to be eaten for every meal. It’s very energy dense which is great for a quick pick me up, but bad if you eat the whole tray load! If you can’t be trusted, cut it into squares, serve yourself a portion then put the rest away at the back of the fridge where you can’t immediately see it.


 Fudge Brownies

Ingredients

Base:

2 cups Walnuts*
15 large Dates (pitted)
1 tbsp Coconut oil (melted)
3 tbsp Cacao powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of Himalayan pink rock salt or sea salt

Icing:

2 Tbsp Raw Agave, Maple Syrup or Honey
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil (Melted)
1 Tbsp Cacao powder
Half a Banana (I used 1 Lady Finger banana) 
Pinch of Himalayan pink rock salt or sea salt

Method

  1. Add all of the base ingredients to a food processor. Blend until smooth and then spread the batter in a small lined tin. I used a 15cm x 22cm container. Bear in mind, it wont make a big difference to the outcome, it will just change how high your brownie is.
  2. Give your food processor a quick rinse.
  3. For the icing, simply blend together the ingredients and spread over the first layer.
  4. Let the brownie sit for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator before serving.

It will keep for quite some time in the refrigerator or freezer. It’s best kept cold though till right before serving, especially if you live in a warmer location.   IMG_4366

* I love a walnut flavour in my brownies. If you’re not such a big fan you can do 1 cup almonds & 1 cup walnuts or even just swap the walnuts for almonds entirely.

Tip: Activate your nuts beforehand (by soaking in filtered water for at least 12 hours & rinse well), to help make them easier to digest.

 


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