Everyone loves brownies. I remember in pre-vegan days, someone I worked with used to make THE most divine gooey chocolatey buttery goodness of brownies. Though I still have fond memories of those brownies, life moves on and now I think times have changed! Natural food and natural flavours really are immense and far outweigh butter and sugar. Perhaps it takes getting used to, to retrain those sad little tastebuds? 🙂 But regardless, here is a recipe that will knock your socks off 🙂
Healthy brownies. Now let me say, these ones are not the best I have made – but I’m altering the recipe below to make them more moist. I had too many nuts and not enough dates and though they taste good, they really are a bit crumbly. But the recipe stands corrected so if you try it, you’ll be right 🙂
2 1/2 cups Medjool (fresh) dates (if you don’t know these, they usually next to the baby spinach etc in the supermarket fridge)
1 cup almonds, ground
1 cup walnuts, ground
1/2 cup pecans, lightly chopped (or whatever nuts you like!)
3/4 cup raw cacao
1 T coconut oil
Blend the ground walnuts and almonds (or just grind them in a food processor until fine), add in cacao, salt, oil and dates and process. Then mix in by hand, the 1/2 cup of other nuts to give a crunch in the brownie.
That’s it! Pop it in a container and press down until flat, and refrigerate for an hour or two before you cut it.
NB. I quite like added flavour in these too. Try a couple of tspns of espresso powder or orange zest or vanilla. You could also lessen the nut content and add in coconut if you like too. Possibilities are endless!