Raw Chocolate Brownies
This is my purely delicious brownie recipe from my 80/20 book. It’s the perfect recipe for Valentines Day and chocolate lovers. You can use raw cacao which gives it a lighter and more subtle chocolate flavour or a lush dark cocoa such as Valrhona that gives depth and intensity to the whole taste experience. I love to top them with lots of red fruits such as fresh or dried berries and serve in small delicate bite sized portions that really satisfy.
What’s great about it:
Almonds are high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help fight off free radicals for a healthy immune system. They are also a great source of potassium, a mineral necessary for nerve transmission and the contraction of all muscles including the heart. Cacao is a super bean! It is loaded with antioxidants and essential micronutrients for health and vitality. It’s a great source of magnesium, which aids calcium absorption, metabolism and protein synthesis.
250 g (2 cups / 8 3/4 oz) raw almonds or walnuts ( see notes )
10 fresh soft pitted dates
2 tablespoons coconut butter or your choice cacao butter or coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
3 tablespoons caca0 powder
1 tablespoon maca powder (optional)
Pinch sea salt
Dried or fresh red fruits such as goji, raspberry, cherry, strawberry
Place almonds into a food processor and process until broken up roughly.
Add cacao powder, maca powder – if using and sea salt.
Process again for a few seconds until combined.
Add dates and process again until the dates have distributed evenly throughout the almonds.
Add coconut butter and process again until combined.
Spoon mixture into a bowl.
Add 1 – 2 tablespoons water - just enough so that the mixture sticks together when squeezed together.
Press into a 15 cm square tray lined with baking paper.
Refrigerate for 2 hours to set.
Cut into small delicate portions.
Serve topped with your choice of berries.
Makes 28 delicate bite sized serves.
Boost them up:
Add 4 tablespoons Healthy Chef Protein to make the most awesome protein powder bar.
Quality coconut butter can be used in place of almonds in this recipe.
Gluten Free – Dairy Free – Low GI – Purely Delicious