I'd like to be super clear about something. I'm a snacker.
It's no secret - I was a junk-a-holic for a large portion of my life. I practically lived off of M &M's in college. And, as I became more and more enamored with healthy food (Turns out, it makes you feel awesome!) I sort of started to miss those sweets. But, they've also lost their satisfaction for me - because candy makes you feel crappy. We all know it. Even in those moments of "must have chocolate now!", somewhere in the back of our mind is a voice thinking "I'm gonna regret this".
So, I've been experimenting with more nutritious versions of sweet treats - and, whatdya know - there's a whole world of AWESOMENESS out there! Real, whole foods, full of goodness, and so DELICIOUS.
This Raw Fudge Brownie recipe uses high quality ingredients full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and lots of Omega 3 Fats! They're not only super yummy, but you'll find they are also much more satisfying than a store bought sugary snack.
Raw Fudge Brownies
- 1 Cup Raw Walnuts
- 1 Cup Medjool Dates (roughly chopped)
- 1/4 Cup Almond Meal
- 5 T Unsweetened Cocoa (or Raw Cocao, if the budget allows) *
- 1/2 T Vanilla
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt (I like it to be a little coarse)
- 1 T Hemp Hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
- 2 T Chia Seeds
- 1/4 C Dried Unsweetened Cherries (roughly chopped)
Soak walnuts in cold water for 4-6 hours. Drain and place into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until chopped. Add dates and continue to pulse, stopping often to scrape down the sides and incorporate the ingredients. Once well blended, but not too smooth. Add cocoa powder, almond meal, cherries, vanilla and salt. Process until the mixture is smooth, but still has some texture, scraping down the sides as you go. The mixture will form into a ball with a dough like consistency. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and stir in the hemp hearts and chia seeds, until incorporated. Press the dough into a small baking dish with wet fingers. Freeze for a couple of hours before serving, and store extras in the freezer for leftover treats.
* Raw Cocao is a much more nutrient dense option that it's unsweetened cocoa counterpart. It's processed using a low heat method, which allows it to maintain it's high antioxidant properties. It's on the pricey side, but one bag goes a long way. I highly recommend splurging!