This raw brownie recipe comes from the ‘Deliciously Ella‘ cook book, I LOVE Ella Woodward and her approach to healthy but tasty eating. This recipe is similar to her Energy Balls recipe, which I shared a while back and for those who loved them, you also like these! For those of you that haven’t tried making them, maybe there’s too many ingredients or the cost of the ingredients has put you off (healthy options are rarely cheaper!) then these are SUPER easy, only 3-4 main ingredients blitzed together…Simples!
Raw Brownie Ingredients:
- 140g of Pecan Nuts
- 400g of Madjool Dates – Pitted
- 3 x Tablespoons of Cacao Powder
- 2 x Maple Syrup (this makes it sweeter but completely optional)
Simply pulse the pecans in a food processor until they form a crumbly mixture, then add the dates, cacao and maple syrup (if using) and blend again. Once the mixture is very sticky, take out the processor and put into a baking tray. Freeze for an hour to let them set, then store the raw brownie in the fridge.
A Few Tips:
- The mixture is mighty sticky and whilst trying to press into the baking tray it sticks to your fingers, so, I line mine with grease proof paper, big enough to fold over the top of the mixture to press down… Works beautifully and no messy fingers!
- If you have a nut allergy then you can use sunflower seeds instead
- The sweetner is totally optional, you can use honey or agave if preferred too.
The Ingredients Health Benefit:
Medjool dates not only taste DELICIOUS, which is a caramel, toffee flavour, but they’re also are rich in fibre, loaded in nutrients with high levels of potassium and copper. They make a healthy snack as bereft of any fats. High natural sugar levels in Medjool dates as well as potassium keep you invigorated with energy. There’s too many benefits to list but have a look at this article for a complete picture: 9 Health Benefits of Medjool Dates
The benefits of cacao are truly fantastic: it can improve your memory, increase your bliss, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy. It may surprise you to discover that raw cacao contains nearly four times the antioxidant content of regular processed dark chocolate, 20 times more than blueberries, and 119 times more than bananas. Read more on: 21 Fantastic Benefits of Cacao A Powerful Raw Chocolate Superfood
And we all know how good nuts are for you, so all in all raw brownies make a scrummy healthy snack… Enjoy!