These tasty little treats are sweet, dark, rich and oily- as I remember my mom’s brownies to be when I was a kid. But it’s all the pleasure, none of the guilt with these raw, fruit and nut-based brownies. Besides being incredibly tasty, they are rich in good oils and calcium! Definitely the best of both worlds in this case.
I always think it is a shame to hear how most people assume that healthy food can’t taste good. My mom sampled one of McDonald’s new “healthy” muffins yesterday and she said it was horrid. The texture was coarse and flavor almost non-existent. Now, my mom’s not a healthy eater, but she’s sampled enough of my recipes to know that healthy doesn’t have to taste bad. Just the opposite! I’m working on a dairy-free cheesecake recipe right now and when she sampled a bit of that yesterday (funny to think- it was the same day she tried the muffin!) she said she was “floating off to heaven”- it was that delicious!
No-Bake Brownies (Gluten-free and Sugar-free)
2/3 cup dates, pitted
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup tahini
1/3 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts/pecans
1/2 cup carob powder
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1-2 Tbsp. flax oil or coconut oil
Process all ingredients together in a food processor until mixture begins to hold together (becoming somewhat oily- add more oil if needed). Press into an 8×8 (or smaller) pan and cut into squares.
Optional: Add ½ cup chopped nuts or ½ cup shredded coconut to mixture before pressing into pan.
Variation: Substitute 1/4 cup almond butter for the almonds.