Healthy brownies? Yes please! This recipe is courtesy of the minimalist baker via Pinterest. These brownies are gluten free, dairy free and sugar free. Vegan.
The basis of these brownies are the almonds, walnuts and dates.
Five ingredients in total. Simple as that. And there’s no baking involved. One of the quickest treats you’ll ever make.
1 1/2 cups raw walnuts, divided
1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
2 – 2 1/2 cups Medjool or Deglet Nour dates, pitted
3/4 cup cocoa powder /raw cacao – I used cacao powder
1-2 tsp espresso powder or finely ground coffee – I used decaffeinated coffee
pinch sea salt
1) Place 1 cup walnuts and 1 cup almonds in food processor and process until finely ground.
2) Add the cocoa powder or cacao, espresso powder and sea salt. Pulse to combine and then transfer to bowl and set aside.
3) Add the dates to the food processor and process until small bits remain. Remove from bowl and set aside.
4) Add nut and cocoa mixture back into food processor and while processing, drop small handfuls of the date pieces down into the food processor spout. Process until a dough consistency is achieved, adding more dates if the mixture does not hold together when squeezed in your hand.
5) Add the brownie mixture to a small baking paper lined cake pan or loaf pan and add remaining 1/2 cup roughly roughly chopped walnuts.
6) Toss to combine and evenly distribute, and then press down with you hands until it is flat and firm.
7) Place in freezer or fridge to chill before cutting. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh. Will keep in the fridge for at least 2 weeks and in the freezer for at least 2 months.
These not so overly sweet brownies are a healthy way to satisfy your chocolate craving. Or even when you want a caffeine fix. I could’ve eaten the whole batch. Delicious.
If you want the brownies to be more fudgier add a couple of tablespoons of liquid sweetener (honey or maple syrup).
You get sweetness from the dates, protein from the nuts and the chocolate is an anti-oxidant. What does coffee give you? The hit :)
“Making an espresso is a performance that lasts ninety seconds and then you’re done. You go on to the next performance. You may get applause or you may get boos, and then you move on.” ~ James Freeman, The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee : Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes