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Naked Chocolate Brownies

Naked 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 cacao which gives it a lighter and more subtle chocolate flavour or a lush dark cocoa such as my Naked Chocolat Dark 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.

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ingredients (Makes 12 slices)

250 g (2 cups / 8  3/4 oz) raw almonds or walnuts (see notes)
10 fresh soft pitted dates
3 tablespoons coconut butter or cold pressed coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
3 heaped tablespoons Naked Chocolat or cacao powder
Pinch sea salt

 

method

  1. Place almonds into a food processor and process until broken up roughly.
  2. Add naked chocolat and sea salt.
  3. Process again for a few seconds until combined.
  4. Add dates and process again until the dates have distributed evenly throughout the almonds.
  5. Add coconut butter and process again until combined.
  6. Spoon mixture into a bowl.
  7. Add 1 – 2 tablespoons water  – just enough so that the mixture sticks together when squeezed together.
  8. Press into a 15 cm square tray lined with baking paper.
  9. Refrigerate for 2 hours to set.
  10. Cut into small delicate portions.
  11. Serve topped with your choice of berries.
+ notes & inspiration +

 

  • Garnish with dried or fresh red fruits such as goji, raspberries, cherries…
  • Spread with Chocolate Mousse!
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