Yesterday was a rare day in the house and I fancied doing some baking, problem is there’s no point making anything naughty because I won’t eat it, I don’t really want Molly to eat it and now the hubby won’t even eat it as he’s started healthy eating as well! So I set to looking for a healthy recipe I could try.
I started by looking on the Slimming World website but nothing was particularly inspiring me as all the recipes used sweetener which I’m trying to move away from. Eventually I remembered that sitting by my bed, only half read, was my Deliciously Ella book which I felt sure would have a recipe that would suit everyone’s needs. And do you know what good readers? It did!
The only slightly awkward thing with the recipes from Deliciously Ella is that they all call for ingredients that you’re not going to be able to pick up from your local Tesco on a baking inspired whim. Of course, once you’ve stocked up your pantry/cupboards/larder with some of the more obscure ingredients like Almond butter, Raw cacao powder and coconut oil then you’re sorted for a lot of the recipes in this book, but as I am still a newb just dipping my feet into the world of clean eating, I had to make a few substitutions. To be honest, this didn’t seem to make an awful lot of difference, the recipe still worked and the produce tasted delicious, I think it was probably just slightly less healthy than the real thing. This didn’t bother me too much however as it was still a damn sight healthier than using flour, butter and sugar or worse chemically sweetener!
I settled on making Raw Brownies as they used very few ingrediants and didn’t involve baking which is always a plus with a 2 year old running around as toddlers and hot ovens don’t mix well.
Here’s what you need….
1 mug of pecans (140g) (I used part pecans and part brazil nuts but I think most nuts or seeds would work)
2 mugs of Medjool dates (I couldn’t find these in Tesco and so just used pitted dates)
3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder (I couldn’t find this either so just used cocoa powder)
Optional: 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup (although honey or agave would work as well. Although if you’re using honey then these aren’t suitable for Vegans)
And here’s what to do…
Pulse the pecans (or nut of choice) in a food processor until they form a crumbly mixture, then add the dates, cacao powder (or cocoa powder in my case) and maple syrup, if using, and blend again. I found that 2 tablespoons wasn’t holding the mixture together as well so I used 3 tablespoons.
Once the mixture is very sticky, take it out of the food processor and put into a baking tray
Freeze the brownies for an hour to let them set and then store them in the fridge.
I served mine with home-made sugar free pecan and honey ice cream (I’ll blog about that soon!) but I think they’d be equally nice just on their own with a cup of peppermint tea as a snack. They’re not warm gooey brownies but they are deliciously chewy and substantial and I have to say that I felt completely satisfied after eating it and not at all like I needed to delve into the treats tin for a nasty chemically sugar hit. I’m not sure what Slimming World would make of them but you are able to use your Healthy Extra B to enjoy nuts and dried fruit so I just made sure that I didn’t eat any bread or other fibre produce that day and enjoyed these instead. The maple syrup would have to be synned but I don’t think the syn allowance would be excessive as I only used 3 tablespoons in the whole recipe.
There were loads left over too so I packaged some up for my Mum and Dad who are both diabetic and some for my Mother-in-Law who is vegan. I have to say, it’s nice to have been able to make something that everyone can try and enjoy (well I hope they’ll enjoy them anyway, I feel confident they will, but we shall see…) Molly, incidentally, who considers herself quite the connoisseur of both cake and ice cream, tucked into both with vigor and there were lovely clean bowls all round. Yes, I did feel quite smug. But seriously it was lovely to see her enjoying her food and knowing that it was really good for her, I think that’s what they call and win-win situation!
Goodies for the Grandparents…
I hope you try and enjoy this recipe, please let me know what you think! If I ever get round to tracking down some raw cacao powder and medjool dates, then I will make them properly and will blog about them again!