If you have 10 minutes and 5 ingredients, then you have a mouthwatering chocolate treat to be made! It is raw, it is chocolatey, and it is...wait for it...good for you!
Walnuts contain cancer-fighting properties, rare and powerful antioxidants, help with weight management, and are excellent for brain health (hence their brain-like appearance). Dates are a great sweetener option, as they help regulate digestion, build muscle, and are loaded with minerals. Cacao literally makes the heart happy. It cleans up our arteries, contains the highest amount of antioxidants of all superfoods, and improves memory and energy. All of this, for just ten minutes of your day. Read on.
What you'll need:
- 3 Cups Walnuts (No nut substitutions. Walnuts blend easily, and they take on the brownie flavor the best)
- 2 Cups Dates, pitted
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
- 1 Large Pinch of Salt (I use pink Himalayan salt, found at nearly any grocery store)
- 2/3 Cup Raw Cacao (I use Earth Circle Organics, so I know my indulging comes from high quality beans and compassionately compensated humans)
- 1 Blender or Food Processor
1. Combine walnuts and salt in your blender. Your entire mixture will combine much more easily if you break this into stages instead of dumping all ingredients in at once. I say this from experience. Just stick with the walnuts and salt for now.
2. Add in all dates, vanilla, and cacao. Blend, scrape, blend, scrape, blend.
3. Roll your gooey mixture into little balls. I make mine about an inch in diameter. And I often have more than one at a time. If you are telling yourself that you're only going to enjoy one ball per kitchen tour, you should probably make each one a bit bigger.
4. Place your brownie babies in the refrigerator. Wait at least 10 minutes. Then, go crazy! Setting them in the fridge makes them taste even more amazing. Again, I say this from experience.
If you want to boost up this recipe with other ingredients, go for it! I rolled some shaved coconut on some of mine. Other options can be:
- Maca powder (boosts energy, focus, libido)
- Cinnamon (regulates blood sugar, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, regulates cholesterol) *Purchase "true" cinnamon, if possible, as most ground cinnamons are actually a mixture of other miscellaneous powders and therefore don't hold all the benefits of plain, raw cinnamon.*
- Indian Chai: cardamom, cloves, allspice
- Hemp hearts (omegas, amino acids, heart health, anti-inflammatory)
- Peanut butter (makes everything more awesome)
Try these out, then let me know what you think! Do you have any other go-to healthy sweet treats? Share below!