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At work today I did a cooking demo as part of our Fitness Extravaganza week. I wanted to show our clients recipes that were nutritious and delicious as well as easy to make. I decided for the dessert portion that I would make raw brownies…something that I had found on the internet before and tried out on a group of people in my Healthy Eating class last year. They use only natural ingredients with no added sugar yet they still taste surprisingly sweet! Needless to say, they were a hit. Everybody was surprised with the ingredients and they loved them!

Raw Brownies

(I included almonds in the picture but decided I liked them better without for the recipe below)

Servings: 16

Prep/Total Time: 15 minutes

Nutrition InfoCalories-150; Fat-9g; Cholesterol-omg, Sodium-0mg; Carbohydrates-17g; Fiber-4g; Protein-2.5g; Sugar-12g

Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnuts (unsalted) 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Medjool dates (about 12) 
  • Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Remove the pits from the dates
  2. Place almonds  in a bag and break them into pieces
  3.  In the bowl of a food processor, place 1 cup walnuts. Process on high until the nuts are finely ground
  4. Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 1/8 teaspoon kosher or sea salt. Pulse to combine
  5. Turn on the food processor. As the processor is running, add the dates one at a time. Once all the dates have been added, the mixture should be crumbly but easily form-able
  6. Line a small square dish with wax paper and press into the desired thickness. Alternatively, press the brownies into a mini-muffin tin or other mold. Place in the refrigerator or freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up; they can easily be cut when cold
  7. To serve, dust with cinnamon

These can also be made with a delicious healthy frosting! I did not add the frosting to those above since I had to make them at work but this is how you would do it! I will make these soon and at my house to be able to provide a better picture 🙂

Nutrition InfoCalories-170; Fat-10g; Cholesterol-omg, Sodium-1mg; Carbohydrates-20g; Fiber-5g; Protein-2.5g; Sugar-14g

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 Tbsp 100% maple syrup
  • 1-2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
Directions
  1. Scoop the avocado, maple syrup, 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, pinch of salt, and cinnamon into the food processor
  2. Process until smooth, thick, and luscious. Adjust to taste with more maple syrup or carob, if needed (this may depend on how big your avocado is)
  3. Spread the icing over the brownie base, then put in the freezer for about an hour to set before cutting into squares. Store in the freezer, but try to take each brownie out of the freezer for about 15 minutes before you eat it
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