Created with love, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, plant based and is full of wholesome goodness.
I hope this post finds you well. I write to you from a cosy sofa, yoga pants on, tummy full of homemade lasagne, soft heart and Jack Johnson playing in the background.
I wanted to share this little recipe that I make so much in my home. I originally made raw brownies to help satisfy my sweet tooth when I had a little craving as I did not want to buy processed products but make something homemade with wholesome ingredients.
This meant I knew exactly what was going into my recipe, especially by focusing on where I source my ingredients.
Beautifully, this recipe has turned into so much more. Sometimes I use this recipe to introduce new nuts or seeds to my taste buds, as a platter to take to parties and gatherings (they haven't failed me yet, I've never gone home with any left overs), as the base for birthday chocolate puddings or lunchbox ideas and I have a little fun and turn them into different shapes from bliss balls to bite size squares to long thin bars.
They are that great little snack that hits the sweet and chocolatey spot every time.
I must admit that I really love chocolate!
Makes: a variety of shapes and quantities but around 30 bite sizes pieces
Time to make: 10 - 20 minutes + time to chill in the freezer
You will need...
140g nuts (1 cup), I use almonds in my basic brownies
375g dates (2 1/2 cups), remove any pits 3 tbsp raw cacao powder (1/4 cup) 1-2 tsp chia seeds 2 tbsp liquid sweetener (optional)*
How to create...
~ Blend the nuts in a food processor until they are finely chopped. If you prefer more crunch then leave the pieces slightly chunkier. ~ Add the dates, I do this in 2 - 3 stages as my food processor behaves a little better if I do, and whizz until roughly chopped. ~ Add the cacao, chia seeds and liquid sweetener* and blend again until it forms a nice sticky mixture. Keep blending until you see it start to come together. ~ Press the mixture into a baking tray and freeze for an hour to let them set. Remove from the freezer and slice into squares, bars or bite size pieces.
~ Roll into ping-pong sized balls.
Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
If you're anything like me, these won't last very long but make great snacks, especially, for your packed lunch.
*You may find with some batches you don't need to add extra sweetness as the dates make it very sweet already. Do a little taste test before adding any liquid sweetener and only add if you need the extra.
I'd love to know what you do with the recipe and play with it for your taste buds.
Hope you enjoy creating these, Emmy x
This recipe is created with love, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, plant based and is full of wholesome goodness. All the ingredients I use I try to use organic, local and fair trade where possible and necessary but it’s up to you to choose what you want to use.
Did you know...
Chia seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids which help lower undesirable fats like cholesterol in your blood. The seeds are high in calcium and magnesium, which promote healthy teeth and bones. High in iron, folate and soluble fibre as well as promoting a healthy gut!