Monday, 11 January 2016

Raw brownie bites - a healthy treat, gluten and dairy free

Got a chocolate craving ? but you are trying to eat healthy, what about these deliciously moreish raw brownie bites. Easy to make if you have a decent food processor and dairy and gluten free, they are also a great way of using up the last of the Christmas nuts too, as you can mix and match the nut content with whatever nuts you have to hand. Favourite in our household is almonds but pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts would all work well.

The keep well in the fridge in a container cut into small bite-sized pieces, but they won't last that long I promise you. I would recommend if possible just a couple a day to stave off the chocolate cravings, they also only contain just a little honey as a sweetener, as there is no baking involved I used some of our precious Honey from our hosted hive.

So what's not to like.......

What you need

  • 100g Whole shelled nuts with skins on - almonds / walnuts / hazelnuts
  • 250g pitted dates (ordinary or Medjool if you can get them)
  • 2 generous tablespoon of Local Honey (I used some from our hive)
  • 80g Cocoa powder (Raw or at the very least Organic)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 50g Chopped nuts - pecan, walnuts, almonds, I used flaked  almonds as that's all I had
What you do
  • Blitz the whole shelled nuts until you have a coarse powder in your food processor
  • Add the Dates, Cocoa, Honey and salt to the bowl, blitz until the mixture is well chopped and starting to come together.
  • Add the chopped nuts, and quickly incorporate into the mixture.
  • Tip into a greaseproof lined cake tin, a 20cm square seems to be about the right size.
  • Press down the mixture firmly, cover with clingfilm and press down again
  • Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours
  • Remove from fridge and then chop into small bite sized squares, pop them in an airtight box in the fridge to store.
We are joining in with "We should Cocoa" created by Choclette over at Tin and Thyme and hosted this month by Lovely Appetite. The theme this month being "Simple Recipes"

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The Wandering Pit said...

Hi! Discovered your blog on a link from a babycentre article!These raw brownies look delectable...I´ve never tried much raw food! I´m a fellow Lancashire lass myself!!

Kate Glutenfreealchemist said...

These sound good........ really good! Great use for those left over nuts too! Bookmarked! x

lisa LovelyAppetite said...

Wow these look awesome! and healthy! love the sound of all the ingredients. Thanks for linking up to We Should Cocoa!!

Choclette Blogger said...

These look gorgeous Lindsey. I love this sort of treat and made several similar over Christmas. A hosted hive sounds rather splendid and probably better than having your own. One of our two were sadly killed off this autumn. And we've only felt as though we could take one small comb in the three years we've had them!

Jennifer Haden said...

looks wonderful, definitely something I would love to make for my husband. I'm always looking for truly healthy and natural recipes and this fits the bill :)

Kim Neville said...

Nice that they are are healthy and look delicious too

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