I felt that these brownies deserved a post of their own because, well, just look at them! The texture is absolutely perfect - they combine just the right levels of softness and squidge and absolutely melt in the mouth. I can hardly believe that they're not even baked and only contain four ingredients - Medjool dates, walnuts, almonds and sea salt. Believe!
The recipe is from My New Roots: The Raw Brownie - go take a peek!
I roughly halved the quantities and made them as follows...
1 cup organic whole walnuts
1 1/2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup raw organic cacao (not cocoa!)
1/2 cup organic almonds
1/4 tsp salt
1) Blend the walnuts in a food processor until finely ground (as Sarah of My New Roots explains, the ground walnuts act as the flour in this recipe - so clever!). The texture will be more like finely ground breadcrumbs rather than a powder.
2) Add the cacao and pulse to combine.
3) With the food processor running, add the pitted dates one at a time. Next time I think I'll prep the dates first so that I have them ready pitted and to hand by the time I come to this stage. I was too excited and just had to get started so that when I came to add the dates I ended up running the food processor for longer than I needed to while I pitted the dates as I went. They still turned out fine but I think they could have had an even lighter texture had I not processed the mixture so much by the end of the process. Nuff processing!
4) Place the almonds in a freezer bag and whack them a few times with a rolling pin (or, chop the nuts using the method of your choosing...)
5) Place them nuts in a mixing bowl and add the walnut / cacao / date mixture. Combine the almonds with the mixture and tip into a lined dish or cake tin. Obviously the larger the receptacle the thinner the brownies will be - mine could have been a little thicker I guess but we solved that problem by just eating double.
6) Sieve a little extra cacao over the top to make it look pretty then pop in the freezer for about half an hour. Remove from the freezer and slice them up using a big sharp knife.
7) Engorge yourself.