Raw Chocolate Brownies

Raw Chocolate Brownies
Raw-Brownies

A raw Brownie?! It sure is!

This sweet and savory treat can tackle any chocolate craving, not to mention provide that ooey, gooey brownie texture we all know, love and crave! But the real kicker is, it actually contains real whole food ingredients! This treat isn’t only appropriate at dessert, it is an energy filled treat that travels with you (or your kids!) on the run, at work or anytime you need of a fuel-filling source.

Made with dates, walnuts and packed with crunchy hazelnuts, this brownie is no match for those refined flour and sugar confections. Dates provide a sweet caramel flavor as they contain natural sugar, but packed with fiber these delicious morsels will give you long lasting energy rather than a short spike in your blood sugar.

As a health nut, I go nuts (literally) for the next protein packed ingredients, walnuts and hazelnuts. Walnuts provide the highest amount of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s have shown to improve cholesterol and aid in memory. Not to mention strengthen and moisturize hair, skin and nails. Hazelnuts are no underdog, they contain a wealth of antioxidants known as proanthocyanidins (PACs) that have shown to lower blood pressure, inflammation and aid in reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.

Who knew something so decadent could be so healthy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup  cacao powder
  • 1 cup . hazelnuts
  • Dash of sea salt

Directions:

1.) Place walnuts in food processor and process on high until the nuts are finely ground.

2.) Add cacao powder and salt, pulse to combine.

3.) Add the dates one at a time while the food processor is running. The texture should change from crumbly to sticky and doughy, if it is too crumbly add more dates.

4.) Add in hazelnuts, pulse just to combine for crunchy brownies or run longer for more smooth texture.

5.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, flatten dough onto baking sheet and cover with another piece of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out brownies to 1/3 inch think. Place in freezer or fridge for 1-2 hours to set. Cut into 20 squares (about 3” x 3”). Store in an airtight container in refrigerator or freezer.

**Recipe adapted from My New Roots blog.
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Abigail is a Registered Dietitian with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise sciences from Gettysburg College. She has a Masters of Science in Nutrition from Simmons College in Boston, and continued at Simmons to complete her dietetic internship. She currently sits on the panel for the dietetic internship at Simmons College. Abigail writes and teaches a school-based Wellness curriculum for Newton Country Day School in Massachusetts, empowering young girls to develop emotional and health literacy through nutrition education, yoga and movement In addition to private practice, Abigail works a nutritionist for Reboot with Joe, along side Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN to educate individuals on the benefits of vegetables and fruit through juicing. Abigail works as the RD for a local bottled juice company in Boston called RIPE Stuff. She is passionate about practicing and teaching yoga, having completed her 200-hr teacher training through Back Bay Yoga in Boston. Abby is a strong believer in a plant-based diet, emphasizing foods that promote the health of our body as a whole. She has had years of experience working with clients one-on-one as well as group and corporate settings, helping clients to identify lifestyle and dietary choices to achieve weight loss, wellbeing and optimal health. Abby specializes in skin health, educating clients to identify everything from the foods in their diet to the chemicals in products in their medicine cabinet and makeup bag that impact skin health. Our skin is our largest organ, what you put on your skin is just important as what you put in your body to achieve not only healthy skin but overall health. She believes everyone deserves to feel great and works to help clients find balance in their lives!