If you want to make something special as a gesture of love this Valentine's Day, try these healthy date brownies. White bleached flour and refined sugar have no part in their delicious-ness. Instead, the yummy sweetness comes from fresh dates, energy-boosting almond butter, and fresh-grated coconut.
Dates have been used as a healthy sweetener in Ayurveda for thousands of years because they are rich, satisfying, and balancing to the system.
With vitamins A and B, they give the body the power to resist viruses and infections. They contain tissue-building protein and carbohydrates as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron.
These healthy date brownies may not resemble the brownies of your childhood, but I promise they will not disappoint. In fact, I caution you because they are seriously addictive. These are sort of a cross between a Tootsie Roll and a traditional brownie without the refined sugar crash and burn.
Try making them for your sweetheart, your family, or yourself on Valentine's Day for a flavor that leaves a lasting impression.
Healthy Date Brownies
- 2 cups Chopped fresh dates
- 1/2 cup Carob powder
- 1/2 cup Cacao powder
- 2 cups Ground Brazil nuts
- 1/2 cup Almond butter
- 1/2 cup Grated dried coconut
- Cacao nibs for garnish
- Combine all the ingredients except the coconut in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Roll the dough into 3/4-inch balls. Roll each ball in coconut, then in Cacao nibs, if using. Place the balls on a baking sheet, and chill them for 2 hours. Alternatively, you can spread the dough about 1/3 inch thick on a baking sheet, sprinkle with dried coconut, and press in cacao nibs. Slice into bars and chill them for 2 hours. To extend the shelf life of the balls or bars, you can dehydrate them for 4 to 6 hours.