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 deliciousness. Instead, the yummy sweetness comes from cacao powder, 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.