This brownie recipe is the perfect blend of rich chocolate and sweet dates. It's gluten free.
- 1 cup of walnuts
- 1/4 cup of pure cocoa
- 6 large pitted Medjool dates or 12 small ones (you don’t want them too dry)
- 1/4 cup of crushed almonds.
- Place the walnuts in a food processor until completely grounded
- Add cocoa and pitted dates.
- Blend everything together.
- Remove the mixture from blender and put in a bowl
- Add the crushed almonds then mix well with your fingers
- Put the mixture on a parchment paper, press the mixture until flat
- Place it in the freezer and let it rest for half an hour
- Keep it in the fridge.
Dates = good source of dietary fibres, potassium, magnesium & vitamin B
Walnuts = healthy fats, dietary fibres, proteins, vitamin B6 & magnesium.
Almonds = healthy fats, potassium, dietary fibres, magnesium, iron & calcium.
Cocoa = magnesium & iron & dietary fibres. Cocoa contains a natural stimulant called theobromine, which can have a mild mood-lifting effect.
Interesting fact on cocoa
Cocoa originated in Mesoamerica, with the Olmec people being the first known to cultivate the plant for its beans. They consumed cocoa by roasting and grinding the beans into a paste, which they mixed with water and spices to create a frothy beverage that was often used in religious ceremonies and believed to have medicinal properties.
Cocoa beans were brought to Europe by Spanish explorers in the early 16th century. After its introduction to Europe, the consumption of cocoa quickly spread throughout the continent, with the addition of sugar making it a popular luxury item among the wealthy. By the 17th century, cocoa had become a staple in European royal courts and was used to create new culinary delicacies, such as hot chocolate and chocolate bars. The Industrial Revolution in the 19th century saw the development of new technologies for processing cocoa, leading to the widespread availability of chocolate products that are enjoyed today.