Healthy Chocolate Brownie
It may seem like an oxymoron ‘no sugar’ and ‘healthy‘ being paired up with ‘chocolate brownie‘ but I kid you not, these are so amazingly healthy and taste even better than a traditional chocolate brownie. And I haven’t even told you the best bit yet! ( I’m jumping up and down here!!) they are made wth just 4 ingredients and take just 2 minutes to make! How brill is that??!! I actually call them my fantastical, healthy, yummy 4+2 choc brownies for short!
Ingredients ( makes 11 brownie balls)
1/2 cup raw cacao
1 full cup of walnuts plus 1/3 cup extra for decoration.
1 tbsp coconut oil
8 pitted dates
Whiz 1/3 cup walnuts into small pieces. Place into a bowl.
Pop all the other ingredients into the blender and whiz it up. If it seems a bit too dry and stodgy add a bit more coconut oil and if it’s too wet add a bit more cacao.
Roll into balls and the roll in the chopped walnuts for decoration.
They are ready to eat immediately or you can place them in the freezer and just take 1 out as and when a choccie urge hits you and allow it to soften slowly in your mouth.
Divine, delicious and decadent. C’mon …. What are you waiting for?!!!!
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT?
Walnuts: a perfect tiny package of protein, healthy fats, fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
Raw cacao: a true superfood with a high density of essential nutrients, packed with antioxidants, calcium, magnesium iron and also vitamins E, B1 B2, B3, B5 and B9.
Dates: high in fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium plus vitamin A and K. Also to a slightly lesser degree copper, B6, and manganese.
Coconut oil: ‘ healthy‘ fats – yes, saturated fats, but more importantly, medium chain triglycerides which are metabolised differently to normal saturated fat. It also contains the fatty acid Lauric acid.
SO WHY IS IT GOOD FOR YOU?
Walnuts: a great prostate and breast cancer fighter, great for the heart, an anti inflammatory and also fantastic at fighting free radicals. Walnuts are also good for men’s fertility and support brain health ( feed your man walnuts – smart and fertile!!) Walnuts do have a slightly bitter skin round them which we are taught to ‘rub off’ with a towel before using. 90% of the antioxidants are found in the skin so is good when possible to leave them on.
Raw cacao: depression! One of the reasons chocolate is so well loved is the theobromine within the raw cacao which is a natural stimulant that can help depression . Cacao is also a great free radical fighter. Us girls know why we reach for chocolate every month, as cacao can help reduce PMS symptoms. A list of other benefits include aid to digestion, lowers bad cholesterol, helps heart and brain function and can reduce inflammatory conditions
Dates: lowers bad cholesterol and good for colon , breast, , prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer . Also anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic. Free radical fighting, energy giving little bullets!
Coconut Oil: oil and fat has had such a bad rap in the past 2 decades but more research has found that fat is not only not bad for you but certain fat are very good for you. The fat from coconut oil being one of them! It is a quick source of energy, can actually help you burn more fat and keeps hunger at bay. It also can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders and Alzheimers. It also can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi and it can reduce seizures.