These brownies are rich, indulgent and satisfying. They taste remarkably like real brownies (I think better), but they are healthy. It takes about 5 minutes to whip up a batch and only a handful of ingredients, so what’s stopping you?

I often eat chocolate for breakfast. You know when they said chocolate was bad for you? That was the processed kind with added milk solids and sugars. The good news? Raw cacao is a rich plant source of magnesium, copper, calcium, zinc, potassium, sodium and phosphorous. Raw cacao also contains a whopping great dose of flavonoids which can have an anti-oxidant, anti-platelet and anti-inflammatory effect.

Cacao vs Cocoa

It’s important to buy the right stuff. Cacao is the raw, unprocessed and unheated substance which remains when the fat from the cacao beans ahs been removed. This method of processing leaves all the good stuff intact. Cocoa may look the same but nutritionally it ain’t got nothing on raw cacao!

 

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Raw Brownies

 

What you need

2 c medjool dates, pitted

2 c pecan nuts

¼ c cacao powder

1 tbs coconut oil

pinch of salt

what you do

Place nuts into the food processor with cacao and salt. Blend until the nuts form crumbs. Add the dates and coconut oil (plus any optional extras) and process until well combined in a sticky dough. Press into a pan and chill in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight. Cut into 12 pieces, serve, eat!

Best served straight from the fridge.

 

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