In Need of A Dessert? Try a Raw Brownie
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In Need of A Dessert? Try a Raw Brownie

It’s day five of my cleanse, and so far it has been going amazing. I’m amazed by all the recipes out there for wholesome meals without the need for meat, or processed items. I haven’t gone a day feeling like I am missing out on good foods and that I am starving my body. In fact, it’s just the opposite. A lot of the meals I have been cooking are low in calories, but high in nutrients, which enables me to snack on foods that are healthy and I don’t feel guilty afterwords.

I do have a confession to make…I have been craving baked goodies, and fruits are not cutting it in the sweet department. As you know (or should have figured out from past posts!), I lovelovelovelove to bake, and in the past pretty much all my recipes called for flour, sugar, eggs and milk, which is now a problem. I’m not going to lie, it’s been really challenging finding desserts that fit the bill for my cleanse. So far, I have found only three recipes that sound delicious…I’d love to hear some suggestions on easy desserts that don’t contain flour, sugar, eggs or dairy!

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One of these recipes that I happened to stumble upon is the raw brownie, by My New Roots, and just looking at the recipe, I knew I had to make it.

Basically a raw brownie is not processed, contains no flour, no refined sugars, requires no eggs or dairy AND it.doesn’t.need.to.be.baked. How, you may ask? Well, it cleverly uses ingredients that when combined mimic the taste and texture of a dense, nutty, rich chocolate-y brownie.

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You really cannot go wrong with this recipe…it calls for 6 ingredients. You heard me, 6! I highly recommend you try this because I know that you will end up loving these. I made them for the first time yesterday evening, and they didn’t even survive twenty four hours in the house! I’ve run out of dates, otherwise I would have already whipped up batch #2 : )

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The main ingredient to add texture and sweetness to these brownies are dates. I love dates…growing up in the MIddle East, these are a common occurrence as a snack. I’ve tasted so many varieties, I can’t remember half the names! I remember growing up when my family would take road trips from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, back when it was a two-lane highway lined with date palm trees. We would always stop along the way and pick dates off the trees and eat them on the way. So delicious, so fresh…ahh, memories!
I was able to buy the dates required for this recipe from the bulk aisle of my grocery store, and they were about $2.48/lb…I think for 2 1/4 cups I ended up paying less than $2.00! I would definitely recommend buying in bulk when you can : )

I also substituted raw cacao for unsweetened cocoa powder, because I couldn’t find cacao in the grocery store, and I had seen other recipes for raw brownies where it was successfully substituted. Worked well for me…it lent the brownie a subtle, yet delicious bittersweet flavor.

Raw Brownie

Raw Brownie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole walnuts
  • 1 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 2 1/4 cups medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Grind walnuts into a fine powder using a food processor. A grinder may be more suitable to get the desired fineness, if desired.
  2. Add in the cocoa powder and salt. Pulse a couple of times to combine the mixture.
  3. Add in the dates, one at a time and pulse to combine. Keep the food processor pulsing till you get this consistency - it will look like crumbs, but if you press it together it should stick and firm up. If this doesn't happen, you should add more dates
  4. In a medium bowl, crush up the sliced almonds into bite-sized pieces. Add in the vanilla extract, stir to combine and let the almond soak it up.
  5. Transfer mixture from food processor to bowl and stir to combine with almond.
  6. Add 1-2 Tbsp of water to help bind the brownies and make them take shape. I found the water also added moistness to the brownies and made them gooey.
  7. Transfer to a medium sized brownie pan lined with parchment paper. Spread out the mixture and press down.
  8. Freeze until ready to serve and cut into slices - best cut frozen. Store brownies in an airtight container...try not to eat them all!
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    Recipe adapted from My New Roots

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