Good for you Chocolate Brownies?

My approach to health coaching is all about making GOOD CHOICES about food rather than getting bogged down with diets, denial and willpower. The secret is to find things that satisfy your sweet tooth (if you have one), but are also nutritious rather than being just empty calories. As a shameless chocoholic I can honestly say that this recipe will satisfy even the biggest chocolate craving and has to be one of my all time favorite recipes for a healthy treat. Let me know in the comments section what you think of it!

The good stuff

These chocolate brownies are unbelievably indulgent but they are jam-packed full of good nutrients too. The nuts are full of protein, healthy fat and calcium, plus the dates are a great source of iron, potassium and antioxidants as well as lots of lovely fibre. Coconut oil is a bit of a nutritional star (see article here for detail) and as for cocao – its numerous health benefits are only just beginning to be understood. I’ve included cranberries in this recipe, but I suggest you play around with the ingredients to find the combination that you like best. As long as you keep the general balance between dried fruit, nuts, cocoa and coconut oil then they will work.

Ingredients                   Delicious raw chocolate brownies that are good for you!

  • 375g dried dates
  • 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 80g cocoa
  • 100g crushed walnuts
  • 100g cranberries

For the topping

  • 40ml melted coconut oil
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 100ml maple syrup

Step by Step

  1. Blitz the dates in the blender into a paste
  2. Add the tahini and coconut oil and blend again
  3. Mix paste into the dry ingredients and then add the walnuts and cranberries.
  4. press mixture into a lined tin and put into the fridge until firm.
  5. Prepare the topping for the brownies by whisking all the ingredients together and then pouring over the mixture in the tin.
  6. Put back into the fridge until almost set and then decorate with walnuts/cranberries/seeds or whatever else takes your fancy.
  7. Refrigerate until completely set, then cut into squares and enjoy!