Who does not like a fudgy brownie to cheer up the days? I honestly love brownies (well, desserts in general). But if I start eating one, I could finish the whole tray in the same day!
That is why, healthy brownies help first satisfying your appetite quite quickly and second eating guilt-free :)
1 cup and half walnuts plus others to decorate
1 cup almonds
2 cups unpitted dates (soaked in water first)
3/4 cup cacao powder
Set aside the dates and leave them soaking for minimum one hour. Then drain them and blend all together until getting a sticky dough. Set it aside.
Blend together the walnuts and almonds until finely ground. Add the cacao powder and sea salt to taste, and process. Now we will add slowly the dates to the mix, while processing everything at the same time.
Add one spoon of dates, blend, and repeat until you reach a dough that can hold together. Not super sticky like a puree, but consistent. Hence, you may not need eventually all dates.
Get a small square tray and first cover it with baking paper. Then add the mixture, add walnuts on top and press down using another baking paper. We use baking/parchment paper to avoid getting the dough stick to our hands. Set it aside in the fridge for 20min.
Optional: chocolate coat on top
1/4 cup almond milk
1 cup dark chocolate
2 tbsp coconut extra virgin oil
Sea salt to taste
Add almond milk to a saucepan and warm it up until simmering. Then transfer it to a bowl.
Add directly the chocolate to the milk and leave it resting for 3mins or so, until chocolate gets melted. Then we add the coconut extra virgin oil and sea salt to taste. Stir gently the mix and set it aside in the fridge for 15min. This will help the mixture getting a bit thicker.
After 15min, you can take out from the fridge the brownies and the bowl. Pour the coat on top of the brownies, and bring it back to the fridge. Leave it there for at least 2 hours so the coat can get solid.
Before serving, lift the baking paper and cut the brownies in squares. Or transfer the brownies to another serving plate... and ENJOY! :)
PS: This recipe has been fully inspired by the Minimalist Baker.