I’m always on the search for healthy and delicious desserts that don’t contain refined sugar and flour. Recently, I’ve been drawn to RAW desserts since they are whole food based, unrefined, unheated and don’t contain gluten or dairy. When I had the opportunity to bring in a raw food chef to teach a Raw Desserts Class for my Living Gluten-Free Community I jumped at the chance. Cara Roth opened my eyes to a whole new world of delicious desserts that you can indulge in (guilt-free) because they contain wholesome ingredients!
Here’s my pick this holiday season. I’ve been making them for all my holiday parties so I have something healthy AND delicious to snack on 🙂
Nourish by Cara – One Bite Brownies
1 1/2 cups almonds, cashews or walnuts (or a combination)
1/2 cup raw cacao powder (not to be mistaken for heated and processed cocoa)
14 medjool dates (the juicy kind!)
1 tsp vanilla bean powder (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
Pinch unrefined sea salt
1) In a food processor, process the almonds or walnuts for a few seconds until they form a fine “flour”
2) Add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture will stick together when you press it into a ball (if it’s not sticky enough add another date or two)
3) Shape into balls, roll in coconut or cacao nibs if desired and “bake” in the freezer to firm up – or eat them straight away!
I LOVE them rolled in coconut and stored in the fridge. I enjoy them cold while my husband likes them at room temperature for a more truffle-like melt in your mouth experience.
Don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you, these are divinely delicious!
Low levels of magnesium are common in women who experience menstrual cramps? Raw cacao is very high in antioxidants and magnesium, making it especially beneficial for women who experience cravings for chocolate and painful cramps. Magnesium’s muscle-relaxing properties can also help relieve menstrual headaches and fatigue.
I’m convinced that these brownies are going to be my number one choice for foods to eat while in my birthing time 🙂 I’m surprised at how well the nut/date combo provides me with sustained energy and I LOVE the good-for-you chocolate!