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Raw Brownies: Your Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert

January 31, 2017

Balance is key when it comes to eating: consuming a whole foods diet most of the time, and enjoying treats once in a while. We all love to indulge in a dessert or sweet treat. But what if you could have your treats and they could still contain whole nutritious foods? Try this brownie recipe just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s delicious, easy to make, and good for you!

 

These brownies are super healthy and easy to throw together in a pinch. Dates are full of dietary fibre, and rich in minerals, vitamins and health-benefitting phytonutrients. They are a healthy alternative to more commonly used sweeteners such as cane sugar and agave. Raw cacao is bursting with antioxidants (20x more than blueberries!) that help your body battle free radicals; not to mention it’s a proven mood-booster. Walnuts are rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats and are also powerful antioxidants.

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 cup raw walnuts

  • 1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted

  • 1 cup raw cacao

  • 1 cup raw almonds (optional)

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

 

Instructions:

 

  1. Process walnuts until finely ground.

  2. Add cacao and salt and pulse to combine.

  3. Add dates one by one until combined.

    The dough will look crumbly but should stick together when pinched with your fingers. If adding almonds, fold them in.

  4. Press brownies into a lined pan or cake mould and chill in the freezer.

  5. Cut when fully cooled and store in the freezer for best texture. Alternatively, you can roll them into little balls for a quick bit-sized snack.

 

Wishing everyone a healthy and chocolate-filled Valentine’s Day!

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