I have been busy working on some new snacks & side dishes lately – the family was getting sick of fruit & steamed vegetables!
As both my little ones are very busy, they are also very hungry – all.the.time! It is sometimes hard to keep up & stay on the healthy path for them, when processed food is so available, easy to unwrap & they love it so. However, I am trying hard not to stray down the so-called ‘healthy’ processed food aisle & keep them well fed with snacks I make for them using fresh & wholefood ingredients.
That being said, I am also always looking for quick ways to do that, as like everyone, time is always in short supply. I have been making a variation on this recipe, but some elements were slightly more complicated & time-consuming, i.e.; created far too many dishes for my dishwasher-less kitchen!
So, after some tweaking, this is how it ended up – the entire process takes about 10 minutes from start to finish & will go a long way to sating a sweet tooth & is a totally guilt free snack idea for the little and big people in your home. It is raw, nutrient rich & absolutely decadent with a quiet cuppa (& sleeping children, if your lot is like mine).
I have to add here, I had scheduled this recipe idea about two weeks ago, but was short on photos after a slight mishap, with me not using the manual focus properly … ooops, yep still learning about this photography stuff! Finally I managed to make another batch & get myself organised this week & then I see a very similar recipe appear on the wonderful Fig & Cherry. It threw me into a bit of a tail-spin, not so much because I felt like it would ‘steal my thunder’ – (I don’t think I’m that unique, or have enough followers for that!!), but because I thought people might think I pinched it from there – which I didn’t.
With thoughts of trashing the post, I then scoffed at myself & remembered that I’m not that unique, or have enough followers to worry whether they think I pinched it or not – which I didn’t (did I already mention that??) ;). It is still a little short on photos – it seems my whole life was out of focus there for a few days! That aside, I think you’ll still get the idea & ease with which these gooey, chewy, crunchy, bitter-sweet treats are made & eaten.
So without any more fuss or concern, here is my version of a Raw Nut Fudge Brownie.
As mentioned, this is quick & easy – all you need to do is get out your ingredients & your food processor & go for it! It’s quick & easy & super healthy for the whole family.
Here’s how it goes;
- 1 cup mixed macadamia nuts, cashews & pistachios - (or other nuts you prefer)
- 1 cup Medjool pitted dates
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut - (unsweetened preferably)
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar - (or honey or maple syrup)
- Pinch of sea salt
- 3-4 tablespoons raw cacao powder - (or use a good quality dutch or organic cocoa)
- Place nuts in food processor and chop on high-speed until they are the size of breadcrumbs - you can leave them chunkier if you wish, I just find for little mouths, smaller is better.
- Add the dates & chop until combined.
- Add all the other ingredients & blend on high-speed until the mixture comes together, like dough.
- Press into a small baking tin lined with baking paper making a square-ish shape.
- Refrigerate for about 2 hours until firm.
- Slice and serve.
- These will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for about a week. Hahahaha ... good luck keeping them that long!!
- Tips/Suggestions -
- If you have a nut allergy / nut free school policy, these can be made with rolled or quick oats, rolled spelt, quinoa flakes or similar, depending on your needs & preference.
- As always, don't feel bound by this version, you can throw in things like pumpkin, sesame or chia seeds, maybe even some sultanas & dried apricots - they will still taste delicious & be a healthy snack.
I hope you enjoy this as much as these two do!
What’s your go to healthy snack? Would love to know – drop me a comment here or on my Facebook page.
Adapted from various sources, including, Cadbury Kitchen – Choc Energy Balls
Cook! Eat! Enjoy!