Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw, Paleo
So many people consider eating chocolate a “guilty pleasure.” Unfortunately for chocolate, it’s gotten a pretty bad reputation due to it’s all-to-common over-processed and over-sugared form.
Chocolate, at some point before it became a Kit-Kat, was made from the cacao (cocoa) bean. Cacao beans in their natural, unprocessed, unaltered state are rich in nutrients and beneficial to health.
Raw chocolate or cacao powder contains many important vitamins and minerals including:
- Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
- Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties
- Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
- Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
Raw cacao has also been shown to lower blood pressure and improve circulation, promote cardiovascular function, neutralize free radicals, improve digestion, and enhance mental well-being.
So skip the Kit-Kat bars (or any milk chocolate for that matter) and mix up a batch of these delicious (and nutritious) raw brownies instead.
Raw Thin Mint Brownies
- 1 cup Walnuts
- 1 and 1/3 cups Dates, Pitted
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 5 tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder
- A few drops Pure Peppermint Extract
- Optional: for even more chocolate flavor add carob or cacao nibs
- For an extra energy kick, add maca powder or chocolate protein powder
- Combine all ingredients, except the walnuts, through a food processor.
- Once the dates are mixed well with everything else, add the walnuts.
- Form into balls or bars.
- Enjoy! Store leftovers in the refrigerator.