Raw Chocolate Brownie with Goji Berries
But the other goodie about this recipe is that it’s NOT made with refined sugar but instead made with the whole foods, a natural sweetener called DATES! Fresh dates are composed of soft, easily digestible flesh and simple sugars like fructose and dextrose. When eaten, they replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly. Dates are also rich in dietary fibre, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. Additionally, the fibre works as a bulk laxative whereby helping to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Dates contain health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to possess anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic (prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties. They are also an excellent source of IRON! Yes, iron… can you believe it?! And potassium is right up there as well as calcium, manganese, copper and magnesium.
- 2 cup walnuts
- 2 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/4 cup carob powder
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup almonds, chopped
- 1 tbsp coconut palm nectar, agave or maple syrup
- sprinkling of sea salt or pink himalayan
- In your food processor, pulse the walnuts until nicely ground.
- Then add the salt, cacao, carob and continue to mix in the food processor. While the food processor is on, add the dates one by one until you get a nice paste.
- Once you get this lovely paste, add in your sweetener (coconut palm nectar, agave or maple syrup) and the coconut oil.
- Remove the paste into a mixing bowl and using your hands (much easier than a wooden spoon) mix in the chopped almonds and the goji berries.
- Place the mixture in either a 8×8 or 9×13 baking tin lined with parchment paper and press the mixture down so that it won’t fall apart. Finally place in freezer for 30 minutes.
- Once the 30 minutes are up, cut into squares and then try not to eat the entire batch!