Raw Chocolate Brownies
As I have had such a mad, busy week, I wanted to post a recipe that was really quick, easy and delicious. It is very easy when you are rushed off your feet to revert to bad eating habits, purely for the convenience of it, but I hope with simple recipes like this you won't be disheartened and I can prove that a lack of time doesn't prevent you from eating well.
These brownies are so delicious, but have none of the butter, eggs and sugar which you usually find in chocolate brownies. I really think they taste even better than the originals - I am a total convert! And it is awesome that without all the nasty additives you have no reason to feel guilty for overindulging.
All the ingredients are full of goodness. Raw cacao is full of antioxidants, and it is a real saviour for anyone trying to kick their milk chocolate habit! Nuts contain lots of linoleic acid which helps to maintain a normal cholesterol level. Hazelnuts are a great source of iron which is key for the production of red blood cells, and therefore the distribution of oxygen to all your cells. And dates are packed with fibre to keep you digestive system healthy. So get stuck in and eat brownies!
Dates are such an important ingredient for vegan baking. They are a great binding agent, and so deliciously sweet. I love eating them on their own, but it is great to find something else to do with them.
1 1/2 cups pitted dates
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup mixed nuts (I used almonds, walnuts and brazilnuts)
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
Maple syrup (use to taste. Can be omitted if you prefer your chocolate dark and bitter)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth, sticky crumb forms. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper, place mixture in the tray and press down. Then put in the fridge to firm up until serving.