raw chocolate date brownie

i'm not going to lie to you ... i'm a sucker for a oooey gooey brownie! I find it so hard to stop after just one taste (you know how the saying goes), & so often i'll find myself crouched over the the brownie pan, shamefully cutting off another 'sliver' to satisfy the the voice in my head saying "give me more". But after 'slivering' away almost a half a pan of brownie (sometimes homemade sometimes store bought), guilt often times sinks in (it's just the truth). So when I was playing in the kitchen one day (obviously having a craving), I decided to see what I could create with a limited number of ingredients. The result? a soft, decadent, chocolatey, brownie that's made only from good-for-you ingredients that are rich in antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, & minerals (meaning you can go back to the fridge & indulge in that extra 'sliver').

what you'll need:

  • 12 medjool dates, pitted

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 

  • 3/4 cup h20

  • 4 Tbsp almond flour 

  • 4 tsp cacao powder

  • 1 tbsp lacuma powder 

  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

  • 1 scoop vital proteins collagen peptides (optional)

the steps:

  1. Line 8 x 8 cake or brownie pan with parchment paper (alternatively, you could roll the batter into brownie balls!).  

  2. Pulse the dates, half of the coconut, collagen (optional), water, almond flour, cacao powder, lacuma powder & salt in a food processor or high-speed blender. Pulse mixture until just slightly chunky (or smooth, if you'd prefer).

  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the remaining coconut, along with the chia seeds, & walnuts. Mix well until well incorporated. 

  4. If using a pan, press the mixture into the pan so that it is evenly distributed. If making balls, roll the batter in to 1-inch round balls. 

  5. Place the mixture into the refrigerator & chill for an hour.

  6. Cut brownies into desired pieces & serve!

hope you love these raw treats as much as I do