Baking is one of my loves, yet it is something I feel I rarely have time for. Moreover, I feel baking is often a time for indulgence, as the bakes I make are often unhealthy naughty treats. However, today I tried a new, healthy recipe that is a perfect alternative to sweet treat cravings: a raw chocolate brownie.
This recipe was recommended from a friend, and is originally from Madeline Shaw’s Get The Glow book, I believe. It is a really simple recipe, with only five ingredients, and is a no bake alternative.
For the recipe, you will need:
150g Medjool dates, stoned
small pinch salt
50g raw cacao powder
3 tbsp coconut oil
Yep, they’re pretty specific ingredients- stuff you only seem to find in healthy-arse recipe books- but the chocolate bites are worth it. It took me three supermarkets to find all of these (ending up having to get some bits here and some bits there), and the shop was certainly pricy. However, I know ingredients like the cacao and coconut oil are ones I will be able to use many times after this.
It doesn’t take long to make these either.
All you do is blend the hazelnuts, then add the dates, cacao and salt to it. When combined, add the coconut oil a tablespoon at a time. Each time, the mixture will become more and more sticky.
When all is blended, empty into a brownie tray (pressing flat with a wooden spoon), and place in the freezer for half an hour.
Then it’s ready to eat- cold or hot (warm up in the microwave for around 45 seconds). This recipe made eight rather thin brownie bites. However, don’t expect these to be the fudge yummy indulgent brownies you crave- as they aren’t. Nonetheless, they are a tasty and healthy snack or pud. I find myself taking extra trips to the fridge for these guiltless treats.
This recipe was definitely a contrast to my normal treats, yet I liked making something that is actually good for me. If you do want more baking posts, just leave requests in the comments. With a few weeks of holiday still left, baking is something I lucky have time for.