Gorgeous Raw Brownies
1 of 5 a day
Gorgeous raw brownies
9 (maybe less)
1 hour 15 mins
About this Recipe
For nut allergies—use sunflower seeds, it may help to soak them 1st.
For a xmas variation add in the zest of an orange to the mix before whizzing, swap 100g of cranberries (naturally sweetened) for dates, and add 1 tsp ground allspice. before placing in the tin.
- 140g whole nuts (I used half walnuts / pecans), or chopped / ground nuts if you prefer
- 400g pitted dates roughly chopped (they don’t have to be Medjool but need to be plain, no coatings)
- 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp raw honey (optional)
- Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
- Put the dates in a large bowl or jug & pour over hot water. Leave for 1 hour, longer if you like. Then drain really well (you can drink the drained water)
- In a food processor pulse the nuts until they are crumbly.
- Add everything else and mix until the mixture has come together, you may need to wipe down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- Line a baking tray with parchment and press the mixture in (wet the back of a spoon) to look like brownie. Alternatively it can be rolled into little balls.
- Place in the fridge for about an hour (if it even makes it to the fridge!). If you feel they are not setting you can put in the freezer for an hour. Keep refrigerated after this.
Dates are a healthier replacement to sugar in baking. Though still high in (natural) sugar, the effect of this is moderated by the fibre contained. Dates are satiating & so can help with weight control. They also contain nutrients like potassium, zinc & selenium which refined sugar does not.
Pecans are often used in desserts due to their toffee-like flavour. High in vitamin E & some Bs, also high in potassium & antioxidants.