Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Raw Chocolate Brownies!


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.




Oh yeah.

2 comments:

  1. Wow - I didn't know anything like this existed, and this recipe looks so good, I feel I have to try it sooner or later. All the ingredients look right up my street, and as you say, having ground walnuts acting as flour is simply brilliant. Thumbs up from me!

    Iris

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    1. It's really clever recipe - the first time I tried them I just couldn't believe they weren't baked! They taste all floury and buttery, just like a brownie should but minus the guilt! :)

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