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Raw chocolate and goji berry brownies recipe!

11 June 2013

I had a craving for brownies on Sunday and I was determined to fill it.
(I blame the hormones) 
But there wasn't a chance in hell that I was going to get dressed (pfft) and trek down to Sainsbury's to stock up on over processed and unhealthy treats. No Sir. I decided to make my own.
I grabbed lots of stuff out of the cupboards and got started.
You will need:
  • 7 pitted organic medjool dates
  • 50g extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter (I made my own using the Nutri-bullet but you can buy this in jars - which I wish I never learnt as it is damn delicious!)
  • 50g cacao powder
  • 40g desiccated coconut
  • 80g walnuts
  • 1 big handful of goji berries
  • 1 tsp pink himalayan rock salt
First up, let me just say that this recipe is really versatile. All the above measurements are  approximates because as I was going along with this recipe I found that I would keep tasting (you will find it hard to resist) and adding a little bit more of this and a little bit more of that to make it how I wanted. Trust your taste buds and have some fun eh?!

The big "How To":
  • In a bowl, mash up your dates until they become paste like. I added a little water to get things going and soften them up, it shouldn't take too long but keep at it!
  • Blend your walnuts in a blender until they are in small pieces. I kept a few of the walnut pieces big though as I love having that chunky aspect to the brownies.
  • Next up, combine the walnuts, goji berries, salt, coconut and cacao powder in a mixing bowl.
  • In a double-boiler, melt the coconut oil and the almond butter down to a liquid. Stir frequently.
  • Once it is a liquid, pour over the dry ingredients, add the date paste and stir till it is all combined.
  • Taste. Smile. Taste a little more...
  • Adjust the brownies to taste, you can add a few big walnuts, a shake more coconut,a spoonful more of almond butter... you get the idea!!
  • Press into a baking dish & chill in the fridge.
  • Once chilled, chop up or eat straight from the tray with a fork!!
Let me know if you try them...you really won't be disappointed.

Side note: I tend to keep my brownies in the fridge as our kitchen can get quite warm in the day and I prefer them to be a little cold. But once again, your preference!

7 comments :

  1. I am sure these would be delicious if I liked dates, walnuts and almond ;)

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  2. Oh these look good. I think I have most of the ingredients. Everything except the chocolate and goji berries. Hmmmm. Slightly vital ingredients for chocolate and goji berry brownies. Better luck next time.

    Sarabeth
    Life of an Agnostic Sunday School Teacher

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  3. Saved this recipe :) These looks soo nice and sound amazing, can't wait to try them
    Daniella x

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  4. Delicious! I want some - like right now, please :)
    Loooove chocolate and walnuts and coconut and....everything these are made of :D Just haven't used goji berries yet - I might use cranberries if I don't find any.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. My hormones are just like yours today - I need chocolate! ;)

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  5. wow these actually look amazing! I have Crohns Disease and can't eat dairy, wheat, gluten or high fibre/fat foods so it's really rare that I come across treats that I can eat - and these look all gooey and yummy and like 'normal people' food, not boring free-from health food at all!

    Will let you know if I get round to making them anytime :)

    Sarah x
    scandinavianontheinside.blogspot.com

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  6. Looks delish and I'm sure it tastes it too.
    How in the world do you have all the ingredients already in your pantry?!?!

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