Do you need a chocolate fix? Have you eaten WAY too much this weekend? Do you need a snack in less than 20 minutes that won't make you feel guilty?
I don't usually make brownies. They are so full of sugar and butter that they are dense and chewy just too unhealthy for me to feel good actually making. I can't do it. I won't do it.
Imagine my delight when I was browsing some of my favourite food blogs and stumbled upon this recipe for brownies...raw brownies.
I took one look at the ingredients and 20 minutes later, I had brownies. Sweetened only with dates? No butter or oil or eggs? The only fat present in the recipe comes from the nuts. AND you don't even have to cook them which means no turning on the oven- these are totally guilt free!
Now initially I was hesitant. Because even though I like my treats less sweet, I figured that the texture would be off..and I was sure that people would think them not sweet enough. I was SO suprised when I ate half the batter sampled the mixture at how chocolatey and delicious it was.
Now these may not be able to stand up to ACTUAL brownies in a direct comparison... but you should give them a try. Because they take 5 minutes to throw together and they definitely satisfy that chocolate craving while being a WAY healthier option.
2 cups walnuts
1/3 cup almonds chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped crystalized ginger (optional)
1 cup cocoa powder
2 cups medjool dates pitted (~28)
- substitute hazelnuts (or pecans) for the almonds
- Add 1 tsp cinnamon when you add the cocoa powder
- drizzle melted chocolate on top
In a food processor, finely grind the walnuts. Add the cocoa powder and pulse until combined. Add the pitted dates one by one while the food processor is running (the mixture will start to hold together). Add the almonds and ginger and pulse a few times just to incorporate (you dont want to crush them!).
Line an 8x8 inch square pyrex with waxed paper. Empty the mixture into the dish and using a measuring cup or a container (or your hands), press the brownie mixture into the pyrex (make sure you try and put all your weight into it so they compress- the more you press, the more fudgey they will be). Let sit in the fridge for ~10 minutes before cutting. ENJOY!