July 9, 2012

Raw Brownies

Please excuse the terrible photography.  My camera was out of reach, and I used one that clearly does not focus. AT ALL.  So, despite the fact that these brownies look extremely ugly in picture, know that they are extremely rich and delicious in person. Literally 5 ingredients, one machine, and voila! Raw chocolate brownies appear. They are insanely good and rich. Sweetened only with dates. They are gooey and full of chocolate flavor, just like I want a brownie. But, usually when I eat a (huge, greasy, sugar loaded brownie square) I am left feeling loaded with sugar, and honestly I feel like crap. These are nothing of the sort. In fact, because of the natural sugar in the dates, and the protein in the nuts, you feel energized and completely satisfied. So go on, give it a try. 

Raw Brownies
Because there are so few ingredients here you really want to make sure and use the best of each you can find. You will really taste the difference. 
Makes about 9-12 brownie squares
Adapted from My new roots

2 cups whole walnuts
2 1/2 cups medjool dates, pitted
1 cup raw cocoa
1 cup raw, unsalted almonds, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

In a food processor pulse nuts until finely ground 
Add the cocoa, cinnamon and salt and pulse to combine. With the machine running, add dates one at a time. You should end up with a mixture that looks like cake crumbs, but when pressed, will easily stick together. If the mixture does not stick well, add more dates. Pour mixture into a bowl and add chopped almonds. Press mixture into a lined cake pan or mold. Place in the freezer or fridge until ready to use. Store in an airtight container, and Enjoy!

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