Raw chocolate brownies

As you may have noticed, I don’t really have a sweet tooth.  Except for dark chocolate, yoghurt with fresh local honey, vanilla or mango ice cream (served with fresh mango, passionfruit or strawberries), my mother’s almond bread or anything from Messina. Ok, so maybe a bit of a sweet tooth.

I recently had a late afternoon chocolate craving, and with no chocolate in the house and being too lazy to walk the 300m to the supermarket, I decided to make this life-changing (!) raw chocolate brownie recipe from My New Roots.  And very conveniently, I had everything required in the pantry.  If you follow the link to the original recipe, you will also note that its very healthy too (although I wouldn’t call these brownies a diet option).

Its a very simple recipe, takes only a couple of minutes to make and is quite rich and chocolately. Yum.  The hardest part is cleaning the blender.


  • 2 cups of walnuts
  • 1 cup raw organic cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2.5 cups of Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup almonds, either sliced or roughly chopped


  1. Put the walnuts in the blender and blend for a minute until the walnuts are a powder.
  2. Add the cacao and salt and press the blender for 5 seconds to incorporate.
  3. With the blender running, add the dates one or two at a time through the opening of the blender.  The mixture will be quite thick (Sarah of My New Roots describes it like “cake crumbs, but when pressed, will easily stick together”).
  4. Scrape the mixture into a lined tray or dish, and mix in the chopped almonds.
  5. Put the tray in the freezer for at least 10 minutes, and then cut and serve.  We store the brownies in the freezer.  Yum!
Raw chocolate brownies thumbnail image A healthy chocolately buzz brownie! 30min

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