Raw vegan brownies: gluten free, healthy

Even with clean eating, sometimes you just need a treat.  Why spoil it all by eating junk food? I’ve got a recipe that is full of healthy, natural ingredients, but is luxury in disguise.  How can something so yummy be so healthy?

And pretty…

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raw vegan brownie bites

Combining dates, nuts, seeds and raw cacao powder to make a raw, vegan brownie.

Walnuts are a tree nut, in the same category as cashews, brazil nuts, pistachio and macadamia.  Did you know that peanuts are not a nut – they are a legume, like beans – funny, huh!

I just kind of throw these together with whatever I have in the cupboards, but I found this combination worked well.  I’m not sure what I think about the pumpkin seed butter.  I’m on the fence…

Most of the nutrients in walnuts are found in the skin.  It can be quite bitter, but once blended into these brownies you wouldn’t even know!

Walnuts are a good source of:

  • unsaturated fats
  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • vitamin E
  • Potassium, magnesium, copper calcium and iron

I’ve heard dates called nature’s toffees.  In fact, I would rather have a date or two than a toffee 🙂

Having said all that, although these brownies are good for you – and definitely better than a shop bought brownie – try not to eat it all at once.  It is still high in sugar, even if they are natural sugars.

NB: Be careful with your nut and seed butters and make sure they are raw, some are made with roasted ingredients.

dates, cacao powder, chocolate, walnuts, peanut butter, pumpkin seed butter

raw brownie mix

Vegan Brownies

  • 150g dates
  • 50g walnuts
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seed butter
  • 10g raw cacao powder

Blitz all the ingredients in a food processor.  Scrape the sides to ensure the cacao powder is well incorporated.  Press into a container. Chill.  Slice into as many pieces as you desire and enjoy!

Entire recipe
1191 calories, 62.8g fat, 121.3g carbs, 19.1g fiber, 106.5g sugar, 36.5g protein
(calculated with MyFitnessPal)

raw, vegan, gluten free, brownie, chocolate, nuts, walnuts

What are your favourite healthy treats?  Given the choice, which would you eat: toffee or date?

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WH Foods: Walnuts


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