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Raw Chocolate Brownie with Goji Berries

raw chocolate brownie goji berry

I’m always looking for ways to get the Super Hero foods into my kids’ diets and this recipe has come out on top!

All four of my kids love chocolate and there are some GREAT raw chocolate bars out on the market now – but with four kids, I can’t keep up with their demand and rushing out to Whole Foods all of the time!  So, I whipped this up over the weekend and as I type this on Sunday – they’ve all been greedily consumed!

I think this is going to be a household staple.  And the good news….. it’s SO easy to make!

Raw Chocolate Brownie

But the other goodie about this recipe is that it’s NOT made with refined sugar but instead made with the whole foods, a natural sweetener called DATES!  Fresh dates are composed of soft, easily digestible flesh and simple sugars like fructose and dextrose. When eaten, they replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly.

Dates are also rich in dietary fibre, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut.  Additionally, the fibre works as a bulk laxative whereby helping to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.

Dates contain health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to possess anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic (prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties.  They are also an excellent source of IRON!  Yes, iron… can you believe it?!  And potassium is right up there as well as calcium, manganese, copper and magnesium.

So you can see, I’d much rather have my kids eat dates than refined sugar (which BTW has NO nutritional value whatsoever…..)

Ingredients:

Serves 16

    • 2 cups walnuts
    • 2 cups pitted dates (Medjool best)
    • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
    • 1/4 cup carob powder
    • 1/4 cup goji berries
    • 1 TBSP coconut oil
    • 1 cup almonds, chopped
    • 1 TBSP coconut palm nectar, agave or maple syrup
    • a sprinkling of sea salt or pink Himalayan

Method:

In your food processor, pulse the walnuts until nicely ground.  Then add the salt, cacao, carob and continue to mix in the food processor.  While the food processor is on, add the dates one by one until you get a nice paste.

Once you get this lovely paste, add in your sweetener (coconut palm nectar, agave or maple syrup)  and the coconut oil.  Remove the paste into a mixing bowl and using your hands (much easier than a wooden spoon) mix in the chopped almonds and the goji berries.

Place the mixture in either a 8×8 or 9×13 baking tin lined with parchment paper and press the mixture down so that it won’t fall apart.  Finally place in freezer for 30 minutes.  Once the 30 minutes are up, cut into squares and then try not to eat the entire batch!

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      1. Yumo!!! Ill be visiting your blog often now as I am always on the look out for healthy recipes to make for my kidlets… 🙂 not that I always stick to only the healthy choice but getting there… My aim is to do a mix of Paleo and life.. if that makes sense at all… till next time..

  1. Those look delicious! I’ll have to go grocery shopping this week so I can make these. My kids have been my guinie pigs for a bunch of new healthy recipes I’ve been making lately and so far so good. I’m sure these will be a hit too 🙂

  2. Hello! Thank you for following my blog! 🙂 I was curious as to where I could find ingredients such as: raw cacao powder, carob powder, goji berries, and pink himalayan salt? Do you get these at a local store, or order them online? Let me know!

  3. I’m excited to try this recipe. I’m always looking for healthier snack options for the kids (and me!) Thanks for stopping by (and following) my blog so I was able to find yours. I’m intrigued, so I’m going to look around a bit!

  4. These sound awesome. I’m allergic to nuts though. Wondering if there is any way around that or something I can substitute?

  5. Looking good there… I must have a go at making these, I can’t resist date-based things (calendars, aside)
    I will search your site for flapjack recipes as I’ve also got a thing for anything with oats in them.
    Cheers,
    Jon.

  6. Thank you for the ‘like’ over at my place as it gave me a chance to come visit you. I have to say that I don’t like cooking, am not a vegan nor vegetarian (I just don’t like meat). Your recipes are the first time I have seen food that really appeals to me. They are healthy and contain all the things I like and are easy to make so thank you, I look forward to trying some.

  7. Following a recipe like that will just leave the pan with no brownies. That’s how good I will be when there is snacks like that with me. this is 1 of those that I just never stop & would go out the door smiling & bouncing like nothing is wrong in the whole wide world!
    Rodney

  8. this looks like a healthy way to enjoy chocolate, doesn’t really look that easy to make tho
    thanks for stopping by my blog, I’m glad you liked it and thanks for deciding to follow it! 🙂

  9. Thanks for following FIGHTER FAITH. I look forward to exchanging posts! If you would like to receive future posts via e-mail, come on back and join my e-mail subscriber list to receive a free gift.

  10. I just got done making these brownies for a vegan thanksgiving potluck tomorrow! Oh my gosh they were so easy to make and you better believe I buried my hands in that mixture! It was better than looking off cookie dough! So good. I have them in the freezer now. After 30 minutes can I just store them in the fridge till tomorrow or can I leave them out?
    Thanks for the great post!
    Justine

  11. I can’t believe you have 4 kids! But then again, some folks have ten to 13 kids sometimes. But you look fantastic and what a wonderful blog! Great pics, too!

  12. I’m so glad that you followed me and alerted me to your blog. It really has come at the right time. I’m vegetarian, and have been for 13 years now but in my adult years, I’m not eating a diet that’s making me feel energized and something has to change. So I’ll be having a look at your blog in more depth over the Christmas period to inspire me for new year!
    Thanks, and thanks for the like.

  13. Wow! What a lot of GREAT information. I am highly interested in nutrition and you have a great blog for learning a lot! I’m definitely saving this page and trying these recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  14. So glad I found your blog! Thank you for the follow on my poetry blog. Please be aware that my blog is a bilingual one. So you may get links to some poems in English as well as to some in Italian… I’m trying to keep the posting balanced between the two languages.
    Keep up the good work.
    Anna

  15. I am making something similar since years and the kids love it.We call them muesli bars and they contain raw tehina=sesame paste,peanut butter,coconut fat,some cornflakes to make it crunchy and sesame seeds,sunflowerseeds and finely chopped nuts,depending on what we can get.I add some dark cacao powder and a spice mix from Germany,that is used for “Lebkuchen”and contains cinnamon,cardamon,cloves and nutmeg.I will try something with date puree,since we got lots of it,grown in our area.Thanks for your post….

  16. HEART this recipe and plan to make it soon! Your children are so blessed to get this scrumptiously delicious nutritious fate.
    By the way, probably asked already but hard to scroll down your super popular post comments., but very curious why you also included the carob powder when the cacao powder is already there? Is there additional
    benefits to carob that cacao doesn’t have???

  17. I love the color, flavor – and the use of the dates! I noticed that you mention adding a natural, liquid sweetening agent in the comments – but the amount isn’t in the recipe. How much do you recommend? Great photos!

  18. Hi! This looks really nice, but I am just a little confused over your assertion that polyphenols CONTAIN iron… I thought that tannins bind with iron from plant sources, which means that they actually inhibit the body’s ability to absorb iron. This is why it is recommended that people with low iron levels reduce the amount of black tea they drink because it contains high levels of tanins. Would be good to hear your thoughts on this.

    1. Ah, I may have misread. You must be referring to dates containing iron. My mistake! 🙂 Would be interesting to know though whether the tannins in the dates cancel out the iron they contain.

  19. Hi Julie,
    I have someone coming over with a nut allergy. Can I substitute the nuts with something else or just exclude them?
    Thank you, Lana

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