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Paleo Raw Chocolate & Walnut Fudge Brownies

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So I am a huge fan of really fudgy walnut filled brownies but I am also a huge fan of raw desserts. This recipe is a match made in heaven. This is your go-to on a rainy day, or maybe when you are PMS raging the house down… or maybe you just feel like you need a cuddle… or maybe you just feel a little naughty?! Who cares, these raw brownies will solve any of life’s little problems!

All you need for this is a bunch of ingredients and a decent food processor – it was meant to be, c’mon!

I know medjool dates can be a little pricey but do not sub for regular dates, the result will not be a nice fudgy brownie but rather a more crumbly one! You may however replace the cacao for cocoa but as you all know you will lose out nutritionally!

These raw brownies can be stored frozen for up to 6 weeks but I seriously doubt that any of you will have the will power to do so, so just store these bad boys in an airtight container in the fridge to keep them nice and firm. Don’t worry though these can be served at room temperature however I found these were most enjoyable when left out of the fridge for 10 minutes before serving!

Makes: 6-8 medium squares

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Setting Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted medjool dates packed
1 cup pecans (preferably activated)
3/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp raw almond butter
1 tbsp coconut cream
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/2 cup walnuts (preferably activated)

Method:

  1. Combine all of your ingredients except for the walnuts into the bowl of your food processor. Pulse a few times before processing until the mixture forms a smooth ball. Be sure to scrape down the sides frequently using a spatula to ensure that the ingredients mix process thoroughly.
  2. Pulse in your 1/2 cup of walnuts until you get a nice mix of walnut chunks.
  3. Grease and line a a suitable sized dish with greaseproof paper (I used a 19cm x 14cm 0.8L capacity Pyrex dish) be sure to leave enough excess so that you can lift the brownies out.
  4. Drop in your brownie mixture and be sure to press down firmly until evenly distributed.
  5. Place into the freezer for 1 hour until set.
  6. Remove from the freezer and use a knife or spatula to ease out the sides before tipping out the brownies. Cut the brownies into your desired size and then EAT!

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Paleo Chocolate Brownies… or are they cakes? I don’t know… Crownies?! They are Paleo Crownies….

3 cubes of chocolate brownie stacked upon each other

Are they brownies? are they cake? I have no idea… crownies anyone?

Soooo as you all know I have been super excited about Chocolate Week, yes you heard me right… It’s a nationwide celebration of the finest chocolatiers and chocolate companies… and well chocolate.  So I thought that I would join in with the fun and concoct some delicious chocolate creations everyday this week.  Some strange and some homely… but all to do with chocolate!

Today I was going to get cracking on with my Paleo/Vegan White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake but decided that I wanted to soak my nuts for the filling for the full 24 hours.  So I had to make something chocolatey right? Right!

Chocolate brownies, they’re simple and delicious… and well usually really bad for you.  I wanted to make a slightly healthier brownie because I am going to have a full week of sampling sweet treats and I want to keep my weight low for training goals (I am currently training for a half marathon).  My daughter had her friend around and every kid likes brownies.  So brownies it was.

But… as you can see something went a little wrong… I cooked them for too long and I think I got some of my proportions wrong (I realised I put in 1 tbsp of baking powder rather than 1 tsp) but these are really yummy whatever they are.  They are halfway between a cake and a brownie. A really squidgy, moist cake that borders on brownie, but sadly is not brownie.

Anyways enough of my tired ramblings here is my recipe for brownies (or not brownies)…

Makes: 16-20 (depending upon how greedy you are)

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

90g cacao solids
100g raw grass-fed unsalted butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 sweet potato (cubed)
1 tbsp vanilla
4 eggs
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
3 tbsp almond flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, melt your cacao solids, butter, coconut oil, coconut sugar and raw honey over a bain-marie.
  3. Whilst you are melting your chocolate mix throw the rest of your ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Once your chocolate mix has fully melted pour into the cake batter and blend until smooth.
  5. Line and grease a small baking/brownie pan. Pour in your batter.
  6. Place the mix into the oven and bake until ever so slightly wobbly in the middle.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting.
  8. Enjoy your crownies!

So as you can see pretty simple, but also pretty yummy… and yes I know I have not made them in any conventional way whatsoever but I promise that I will post up some super naughty ones another time… the real fudgy ooey gooey kind!