Raw Energy – get the best out of your ingredients by eating them the way nature intended. These Nut Butter Brownies are pure health, goodness and energy in every bite. They are vegan, gluten free and there is no cooking required. What more could you ask for?…… oh yes deliciousness !!!!!
All the ingredients in these brownies are raw, and healthy. Although there is no processed sugar added, these are made with dates which as we all know have a high fructose content, but dates also have powerful health benefits and are a great source of energy, fiber and various vitamins and minerals. If you eat your food as nature intends “raw” you are bound to benefit from all her goodness.
The brownie base is made with a combination of the cashews, organic rolled oats, cacao and dates, and topped with a layer of nut butter of your choice. I used Macadamia Nut Butter, but peanut butter, almond, or cashew would also be delicious. It is then spread with a chocolate topping of raw cacao, coconut oil and maple syrup.
Cashew nuts are an abundant source of essential mineral, and the rolled oats help maintain healthy heart and blood pressure. The raw cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, and it is less processed than cocoa powder. So as you can see, these brownie bites are totally guilt free and healthy. If you make them, it will be the best thing you did today.
- For the brownie base:
- 150 g (1cup) raw cashew nuts
- 90 g (1 cup) rolled oats
- 400 g pitted dates or (+/- 18 medjool dates)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 20 g raw cacao powder (or cocoa)
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- Small amount of Water if necessary
- For the topping:
- 140 g (1/2 cup) nut butter of your choice. I used macadamia nut, but you can use peanut butter /almond or cashew nut butter.
- 3 Tablesppons raw cacao powder
- 160 ml (2/3 cup) melted coconut oil, cooled
- 80 ml (1/3 cup) maple syrup
Combine raw cashews and rolled oats in a food processor and grind to fine crumbs.
Add 20g cacao, together with cinnamon and vanilla essence, and process .
Add pitted dates and process until mixture comes together.
Add the 2 Tablespoons coconut oil and process.
If the mixture is still not combined fully you can add a Tablespoon or 2 of water.
Press into half of a 20 x 24cm baking tray and place in the freezer for at least an hour. By only using half the tray it will make the squares the correct height.
Spread the top with the nut butter to form a layer, and freeze again.
To make the topping combine the oil, maple syrup and the 3 Tablesoons of cacao, in a pot and melt.
Allow to cool until it just runs and pour over the brownie bites.
Chill to firm it up and cut into 16 squares.
Keep in the refrigerator.