Thursday, August 12, 2010

Brownies for Breakfast? Well, no. But a great midday snack.

I just snacked on a couple after a tough workout.  What a great pick-me-up. Calling them brownies might be a stretch but they taste so decadently delicious, I feel like I'm eating something as rich and satisfying as a conventional brownie. It seems that in the raw food/vegan/vegetarian world, we like come up with foods that approximate to some extent the foods that the mainstream is accustomed to eating. 

The difference between my delightful treats and baked brownies? There are many.  For starters, my treats are not cooked or heated in any way. They are made with raw cacao and raw hazelnuts.  Tahini, coconut butter, maca, organic maple syrup, sea salt and cayenne pepper are the other unconventional ingredients you don't find in your typical baked brownie. My little treats are made in 1/4 of the time of baked brownies.  Here's how:

Using a food processor, grind one cup of cacao beans into a crunchy, powdery consistency. Add one cup of hazelnuts and pulse down to small bits. Add 1 tablespoon each of raw tahini, coconut butter, and maca powder; 3 tablespoons each of raw cacao powder and maple syrup; 1/2 teaspoon each of sea salt and cayenne pepper.  Process and taste. Adjust ingredients to your taste. You may like a bit more heat and salt or more chocolate and sweetness.

Line a brownie pan with wax paper. Empty content of processor bowl into pan. Press down with your hand. Pop in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. Cut into squares and enjoy. Store in the freezer.

Health Benefits of Maple Syrup
Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds (tahini)
Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper   

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