My girlfriend, Kathy, came over for dinner last night and like clockwork, a hankering for ANYTHING chocolate set in as soon as we finished our meal. I really had no desire to whip up a batch of cookies or something equally labour/time intensive, so I started leafing through my online bookmarks. Gina, from Running to the Kitchen, posted these a few days ago and I knew that they would be a perfect solution to our raging sweet tooths (sweet teeth?).
These are similar to a larabar in consistency, and flavour, too. Larabars have a gloriously short ingredients list, with usually only one or two ingredients in addition to dates and nuts! They are one of my favourite things to grab for a snack on the run. I really don’t eat much pre-made/ pre-packaged foods because my mind gets blown by all the unpronounceable ingredients on their labels; when did people lose desire to eat real, whole foods? Don’t get me wrong, I occasionally enjoy hoeing into a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos as much as the next person, but seriously, how do we expect our bodies to function if we’re fuelling it with that shizz. For pre-packaged food’s ingredients- less IS more!
The ‘dough’ for these tasty treats can be shaped into whatever your little chocoholic heart desires. I rolled them into balls then flattened them, and popped a walnut half on top, just cause I’m fancy like that. You could shape it into bars and wrap them individually, or roll into little power-ball bites, regardless, they are addictive. Like, get-these-out-of-my-house addictive!
Feel free to play around with different nut combos and extract flavourings, like most of my recipes, there’s tons of room for playing around and making it your own!
Raw Two-Bite Brownies
- 1.5 cups nuts (I used a mix of almonds and peanuts)
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 10 dates
- 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 tbsp nut butter
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1-3 tbsp milk or water (I used Almond Breeze)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Add the nuts and flaxseed to a food processor and process it until it turns to a flour. Don’t let it go too long or you’ll get nut butter! You may have to stop a couple of times to loosen bits/scrape down the sides. That’s cool.
- Add everything but milk to the food processor and process until everything is well incorporated. If it doesn’t begin to form a dough ball, add milk or water, just a little at a time, until it does.
- Dump dough into a small bowl.
- Put into desired shapes, place on a plate/tray and pop them in the fridge! They need to sit for an hour or so to firm up. Keep ‘em in the fridge!