One of the hard things about starting to clean up my diet was giving up sweets. True, certain desserts can be cleaned up so they are healthier but most of the time it’s just not the same. I finally found a healthy dessert that is even better than the original. Yes, I said it, these brownies are better than traditional brownies. They taste just as good (or better) as other brownies but only have 3 ingredients and require no baking (considering it’s been 100 plus degrees here for weeks, turning the oven on to 350 degrees held absolutely no appeal to me). No bake brownies, you say? How is that possible? Well, they don’t have eggs or oil or anything that requires any baking. That means that you can down to the real business of eating them and not having to wait for them to cool! Because dates are naturally so sweet, you don’t need to add any refined sugar. These brownies really are a guilt-free dessert! And because they don’t have any flour or eggs, they are perfect for our gluten-free and vegan friends!
Raw Delicious Healthy and Fudgy Brownies
(makes about 16 brownies, depending on what size pan you use and what size brownie you consider a serving :))
2 cups of walnuts
24 medjool dates, halved with pits removed
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional – I added since we like nuts in our brownies)
Add walnuts to food processer and chop until powder-like. Add in cocoa powder and combine. Add dates to food processor and combine thoroughly. I only add 2-3 dates at a time to not overwork my Ninja. If you want to add almonds, do it now and mix slightly. Scoop mixture into a parchment paper lined pan and press down. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes to allow to harden some. Cut and enjoy!