Wait until you hear the ingredients in this brownie – walnuts, almonds, dates, cacao and sea salt! For those who cannot have dairy or gluten, this is a delicious brownie recipe. The type of ingredient matters, so I recommend organic Medjool dates that are not treated with sulfur, raw unsalted almonds, raw cacao (make sure it says 100% cacao), and whole walnuts that do not contain any added oils.
Here is the low-down on the health benefits of these ingredients:
Walnuts are rich in fiber, magnesium and B vitamins. They contain Omega -3 fatty acids, which reduce cholesterol, lower the risk of heart attack and stroke, boost the immune system, control viral infections, improve brain function, and relieve symptoms of inflammatory condition such as arthritis.
Medjool dates are a good source of fiber and contain high levels of potassium, magnesium, copper, and manganese. Plus, they are chewy and taste like caramel!
Raw cacao is one of the best sources of magnesium found in nature! Plus, cacao contains high amounts of calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulfur, and potassium, and many chemicals that enhance physical and mental well-being, including alkaloids, proteins, magnesium, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic acid, lipase, lysine, and some neurotransmitters such as dopamine and anandamide. My next blog will give some healthy ways to use cacao – like a homemade facial mask for moms to use after a long day of work and taking care of kids!
Almonds are not only high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium, but they also contain manganese and copper. In addition, they are a very good source of healthy, monounsaturated fats and vitamin E. For a detailed list of health benefits click here.
2 cups whole walnuts or pecans
1 cup raw cacao
2 ½ cups Medjool dates, pitted
1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
¼ tsp. sea salt
1. Blend walnuts in a food processor until the nuts are finely ground.
2. Add the cacao and salt and pulse until combined.
3. Add the dates one at a time. The mix will look like cake crumbs, but it should press together. Add more dates if it doesn’t stick together.
4. In a large bowl, combine the walnut-cacao mix with the chopped almonds. Press into a lined cake pan. Refrigerate or freeze the brownies until you are ready to serve.
5. Enjoy and feel good!