No Bake Brownies

As mentioned in yesterdays post, it is super hot.

I’m mean really, really hot.

Yesterday was 102 degrees Fahrenheit to give you an idea, and I have no doubt (if you are living in the northern hemisphere) that it’s also hot in your part of the woods.

Instead of turning on the oven to bake something, I put together these no bake brownies to appease my taste buds. They are fudge, rich and incredibly filling. Plus, they only take minutes to prepare and are full of raw nutrients like vitamin E, selenium, fiber and potassium.

These no bake brownies are a base for many different variations. You can add chocolate chips to the batter, dried coconut, carob powder, maca or mesquite powder or even acai. Raw brownies that are egg free, gluten-free and free from refined sugar. Who wouldn’t want that?

No Bake Brownies
Dessert
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No bake brownies that are gluten-free, raw, and free from refined sugar.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup raisins or dates
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup cocoa or carob powder
  • ⅛ tsp. Himalayan salt
  • ¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Soak raisins or dates in water for twenty minutes, or until soft.
  2. Add the almonds, cocoa or carob powder and salt in a food processor.
  3. Pulse the almonds until it reaches a fine meal.
  4. Strain the raisins or dates and add to the food processor.
  5. Add vanilla extract.
  6. Pulse until a dough is formed.
  7. Roll out dough into desired shape and eat immediately, or chill.

 

*A note about the sugar content. This recipe does contain sugar in the form of raisins or dates. I wouldn’t recommend this to those seeking a no bake dessert that are also watching their blood sugar levels. I like to indulge in these raw brownies from time to time because the natural fat, protein and fiber in the almonds help to lower the effect the sugar has on your blood sugar. Eating these no bake brownies with 1/4-1/2 tsp. of cinnamon can also help protect your blood sugar and insulin levels when eating desserts high in natural fruit sugar.

I’m seeking more and more no-bake, cool desserts and other recipes I can make this summer. Anything that can help me avoid being in the kitchen with a hot oven or stove on will be great for my energy levels this hot and humid season. My okra and zucchini are loving this weather, though, and I will have to dedicate some recipes to them very soon!

This is The Healthy Advocate.

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