Friday, May 4, 2012

Raw Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting


I recently decided that, even as I cut back on calories overall, I need more chocolate in my life. More and more research is coming out about the health benefits of chocolate, with the only caveat I see is that it comes with unhealthy fats and refined sugars we don't want. So let's eat chocolate in forms that are healthier and still enjoy the benefits (including deliciousness)! This recipe gets its sweetness from agave syrup and dates, and the fats come from nuts and legumes.


I adapted this recipe from a few others, and really, you can adjust ingredients and amounts to make this your own.

Brownies:
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup raw pecans
2 cups pitted dates
1 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
1/2 cup agave syrup
dash of salt

In food processor, chop walnuts and pecans coarsely.  

Add dates and cacao powder and chop together until a fine crumble; then add coconut, salt, and agave syrup.  

Run food processor until the mixture forms a coarse paste or dough.  Press into a 9x12" pan.

Peanut Butter Frosting:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons agave syrup
1/2 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth.  Spread on top of brownies.









Cut into 18 squares and enjoy!  (Note: what is shown in the photo above is a half recipe.)


Nutrition info per square: 255 Calories, 32g Carbs (5g Fiber, 23g Sugars), 14g Fat (3g Saturated, 4g Polyunsaturated, 3g Monounsaturated), 5g Protein, 2% Calcium, 6% Iron.