Best Brownies Ever

Best Brownies Ever

I’ve been playing with the recipes for Chocolatey Chocolate Brownies and my Happy Bars (Energy Bars) and the combination of the two has resulted in what we now call the Best Brownies Ever!  We’ve been eating these non-stop, all day long, for the last month.  Ohhh so grateful!

Here’s the new and improved recipe*:

3 Cups Brazil Nuts

1 tsp Sun Fire Salt

3 Cups Dates

2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Carob Powder

1/4 Cup Cacao Powder

1/4 Cup Mesquite Powder

1 Cup Hemp Seeds

1/4 Cup Bee Pollen

3/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans

Add the brazil nuts and salt to a food processor and grind as fine as you can before it starts to turn into a creamy paste/butter.  (Note that you do not need to soak brazil nuts – they don’t have enzyme inhibitors like most other nuts).  Add the dates and vanilla to the food processor and process until a smooth cake batter like consistency (you may want to add the dates a few at a time).

In a separate bowl add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Add the nut/date mixture to the blended dry ingredients and mix thoroughly (best if kneaded by your hands – and more fun).

Put the brownie mix into a 9×12 pan and spread evenly, pressing down with your hands to make a uniform appearance in the pan.

You can add a frosting (like the oh so good raspberry frosting), but it’s so much easier to eat and just as yummy as is.  You can keep the brownies at room temperature for a couple of weeks or refrigerate or freeze for longer storage.  Ours never last that long since we eat them in small bits (about 1″ square) throughout the day.

*SUBSTITUTION TIPS*
If you don’t have one of these ingredients, the brownies can still come out good.  I’ve used part cashews and part brazil nuts … though there were very rich.  You can also play with variations in the ratio of Carob/Cacao/Mesquite.  I prefer using more Carob since it tastes sweeter than straight Cacao and is a lower-cost ingredient.  You can leave out the Mesquite (substitute with equal amounts of Cacao or Carob), although the cinnamon-like flavor of Mesquite really adds to the rich, balanced flavor of the brownie.  And if you want a more brownie texture, leave out the hemp seeds and bee pollen which add more energy and crunch yet detract from the chewy “cooked brownie” texture.

Enjoy!

5 Responses to “Best Brownies Ever”

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will try it. I crave for something really tasty sometimes and this really looks good. Have you tried to add Stevia to it to make it sweeter, or maybe it is sweet enogh? In stead of Brazil nuts I have planned to try almonds.

    Thanks a lot,
    Kristin Jensen

    • Hi Kristin,
      I think you’ll find the brownies are plenty sweet enough with the dates in there. I suggest you taste before adding any additional sweeteners. Let me know how you like it with almonds. If it doesn’t taste like a brownie with them, and you can’t get brazil nuts (ideal), then try mixing almonds and cashews together. The cashews have more fat in them which is a key component to that brownie goodness taste. :)

      Enjoy!
      Melissa

  2. what katie's baking says:

    these look amazing.
    i would love to make them, but i don’t know where to find all of the ingredients.
    i love healthy desserts!!!

    • Hi Katie,

      If you click the name of each of the ingredients, you’ll find online ordering for them. If you need a source for Brazil Nuts, the only online source for nuts I currently know and trust is Sun Organic Farm (http://sunorganicfarm.com/). Let me know if you have any additional questions about where to find the ingredients. Happy Healthy Dessert Eating! :)

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