Chocolate brownies for a friend

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A few weeks ago one of my lovely friends made a two ingredient brownie, just walnuts and fresh dates. The recipe proclaimed that the end result tasted like the real deal but much to my friends disappointment this healthy version of a brownie didn’t compare at all to the real ones packed with sugar, butter and refined flour. She asked my advise and since then I have been thinking up a healthy version of the humble brownie that doesn’t lack taste or texture. This ‘almost’ raw treat will satisfy your brownie cravings while not causing you to feel like you’ve over indulged after.

The brownie itself is raw, just a few ingredients processed, however for the icing I have heated it slightly to achieve a thicker result. You could of course top the brownies with a basic raw chocolate icing if you wish to keep this treat strictly raw.

Orange blossom water is my new favourite ingredient and I have used it in these brownies to create a delicious yet delicate flower taste. Rosewater would also work and you can of course omit it altogether if you do not have it on hand. Organic dried rose petals are a beautiful decoration and you should be able to find them at your local gourmet or health food store.

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Goodness Gracious browniesΒ 

Ingredients

1/2 C pecans

1 C almonds

1 1/2 C fresh dates, pitted

1/4 C cacao

1/4 C coconut oil

2 t orange blossom water

1 T maca

1 T tahini

Icing

2 T coconut oil

1/4 C cacao powder

1/4 C maple syrup

4 T plant milk, I used coconut

Method

Line a lamington tin with baking paper. Place the nuts in a food processor and process until roughly chopped. Add the rest of the brownie ingredients and process until combined and sticky. You may need to add 1-2 t of water to bring it together. Press into the lined tin and place in the freezer.

For the icing, combine the coconut oil, cacao powder and maple syrup in a small saucepan over low heat. Slowly add the milk until and bring it to a simmer. Remove from the heat and pour over the brownie. Set in the freezer for an hour. Slice into 12 squares and sprinkle with rose petals if desired.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Also suitable to be frozen.

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Enjoy!

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