These are by far, the easiest brownies I have ever made. No sugar. No flour. No baking. Just throw all the ingredients into your blender and whip up a batch in 5 minutes. The ingredients in these brownies pack a powerful nutritional punch.
Walnuts are one of the most antioxidant rich foods and are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties. Walnuts are also high in B-complex vitamins and minerals such as copper, iron, manganese, zinc, calcium, and selenium. Walnuts are particularly beneficial for cognitive health and are generally regarded as an excellent “brain food”. Walnuts can also calm the nervous system and increase your sense of well being and peace. They are known to satiate the appetite as well as aid in long term weight loss. Walnuts are high in vitamin E which helps to keep cells protected from free radical damage. Only a handful of walnuts a day are needed to receive their powerful health benefits.
Dates are an ideal food for improved energy and brain function. Dates are a good source of vitamin A & B-complex and they are rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium. Dates are known to help build bone and muscle strength and have been used for thousands of years by athletes to improve physical endurance, agility, and stamina. Dates contain anti-inflammatory properties. Dates contain an easily digestible fiber and can aid in colon health. Medjool dates are one of the most popular dates for their king size and delicious meaty flavor. Dates can be eaten out of hand as a quick snack and they also combine particularly well with celery sticks and cucumber slices as a balanced, high energy snack. Dates can be blended with a little water and turned into a caramel dipping sauce for apple slices that kids love! Dates are also delicious when added to smoothies and/or salads. They can also be chopped with walnuts, coconut, ginger or other spices and pressed into homemade energy bars and deserts. They can provide a wonderful energy boost and help revitalize the body any time of the day.
Chia seeds are an amazing superfood that contain numerous health and healing benefits. Chia seeds are a rich source of protein, vitamins E & B-complex and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, strontium, and iron. They are higher in omega-3 fatty acids than any other food and are known to be particularly beneficial for chronic inflammation. Chia seeds are a great “brain food” and they are incredibly high in antioxidants. Chia seeds are a fantastic food for diabetics since they help to stabilize and control blood sugar levels. They are also an excellent weight loss food due to their high fiber and protein content which can boost the metabolism and promote lean muscle mass. Chia seeds are known to help soothe and cleanse the colon as well as absorb toxins while strengthening peristaltic action. Chia seeds provide a great source of energy and they can be found at your local health food store
Cacao powder, considered a superfood, is chocolate in its purest state (not heat-treated). Cacao powder provides a rich source of antioxidants. It is also very high in magnesium, and many researchers speculate that this is why women crave chocolate during PMS. Raw cacao also provides essential minerals such as calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulfur and potassium.
Coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat that helps to raise HDL (good) cholesterol, but does not increase LDL (bad) cholesterol. It contains lauric acid, which is the same fat that is in breast milk, which makes it immune-building and healing. This fat is digested very easily and sent to the liver to be used as energy rather than being stored as fat. Coconut oil is also anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.
Now that you know all the wonderful health benefits of these brownies, here’s the recipe!
- 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup raw organic walnuts
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
1. Put the walnuts, cacao powder and chia seeds into a food processor and pulse until it resembles a fine crumb.
2. While the food processor is running, add in the dates (remove the pits first!) one at a time.
3. Add the coconut oil and pulse until the mixture starts to stick together and is tacky.
4. Empty the mixture into a small baking tray lined with baking paper. Press the mixture down with your fingers or a fork until it is level.
5. Pop it in the freezer for an hour to set. Remove from the baking tray, slice it up and store it in the fridge.
6. If you want to change it up, skip the baking tray and roll the mixture into balls using about 1 tablespoon of mixture for each ball. Roll in unsweetened coconut and enjoy them as “Brownie Balls.”