Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Antioxidant-Rich, No Bake Brownies

This recipe I got from a site that I stumble upon...and let's just say I'm SO GLAD I did!  I've tried a total of three recipes from www.juliemorris.net so far and they've all been winners in my book!  She takes healthy eating to a whole new level, and I love that!  These "brownies" are jam PACKED with antioxidants, and they literally take under 10 minutes to make...umm, yes please!

Break out your food processor, because you're going to need it!

2 c. raw walnuts
1 c. cacao powder (you're going to have to venture into a health food store to get this ingredient)
2 c. dates, pitted
a sprinkle of good sea salt

-put your walnuts into the food processor, and grind until they form a wet, crumbly powder
-add the pitted dates one by one to the running food processor and grind until no chunks are left
-add the cacao powder to the running food processor and fully combine
-you'll know when you have the right texture if you can pinch the mix between your fingers, and it sticks together...if it doesn't stay together at all and just crumbles off your fingers, the dates may have been a little too dry, so add water, a T. at a time until the mix sticks.

Press into a pan, very well...either an 8x8 or a 9x9 will work...it just depends on how thick you want your brownies!!  Sprinkle the tiniest bit of salt on the top, just to bring out the flavor a little bit more, and you're done!

Refrigerate, and eat often...knowing that you're eating something that's amazingly healthy, that tastes amazing too!

Thanks for the recipe Julie!!

P.s.-Cacao powder is made from the cacao bean, and instead of being heated and processed, it's dried, preserving its antioxidants.  Walnuts are also extremely high in antioxidants...AND you're not using any sweeteners except dates...I don't know where you can find a healthier brownie (but let me know if you do!)

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