Raw Brownies! (Inspiration and recipe from dear friends Emily & Aaron Routon)
1 cup dates
1 cups nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp coconut oil (I needed this to hold everything together better, I think because I used only almonds … walnuts or cashews should be moist enough to hold it together without the oil. The oil definitely changes & enhances the taste though!)
All ingredients go into the food processor …
Made enough to fill half a pie plate … HOWEVER, 1-2 bites is probably all you will need to satisfy your sweet tooth. Notice the small chunk missing next to my fingers, that was enough for this gal … for now! 🙂
A great raw source of energy for workouts or a great healthy dessert.
1 cups any nuts or seeds: Cashews are great for their neutral flavor, healthy fats, and creamy consistency. Other great options are almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, and walnuts. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds also make great additions. Smaller seeds like chia, hemp, or flax seeds can be added in smaller amounts (experiment with 1-3 tablespoons per batch).
1 cup dried fruit base: Dates, raisins, and prunes work great here because they are sweet and sticky so they hold together the mixture. Prunes have relatively less sugar per weight than dates and raisins so they’re a good option if you’re looking to keep the sugar content lower (although any way you cut it, these bars are naturally sweeeeet).
1 cup additional filling: Optional but this is where dried fruits can be added for flavoring. (Great options include dried apples, cherries, blueberries, apricots, cranberries, goji berries, and mangos. If using a full cup of additional dried fruit, try either cutting down the amount of dried fruit base to 1/2 cup or add an additional 1/2 cup of the nut/seed mixture.)
Additional flavoring: Add one or more the following ingredients based on your chosen recipe (recommended amount in parentheses): Cocoa powder (2-4 Tbsp), vanilla (1-2 tsp), cinnamon (1-2 tsp), citrus zests (1tsp), mint extract (1/2-1 tsp), and coconut oil (1-2 Tbsp) can be added in moderate amounts to flavor your bars.
See http://rawified.blogspot.com/2012/05/raw-larabars.html for awesome raw concoctions if you are interested and intrigued with these vitamin & nutrient-rich bars.