Raw Chocolate Brownie with Goji Berries

I’m always looking for ways to get the Super Hero foods into my kids diets and this recipe has come out on top!  All four of my kids love chocolate and there are some GREAT raw chocolate bars out on the market now – but with four kids, I can’t keep up with their demand and rushing out to Whole Foods all of the time!  So, I whipped this up over the weekend and as I type this on Sunday – they’ve all been greedily consumed!  I think this is going to be a household staple.  And the good news….. it’s SO easy to make!

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But the other goodie about this recipe is that it’s NOT made with refined sugar but instead made with the whole foods, a natural sweetener called DATES!  Fresh dates are composed of soft, easily digestible flesh and simple sugars like fructose and dextrose. When eaten, they replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly.  Dates are also rich in dietary fibre, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut.  Additionally, the fibre works as a bulk laxative whereby helping to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.

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Dates contain health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to possess anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic (prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties.  They are also an excellent source of IRON!  Yes, iron… can you believe it?!  And potassium is right up there as well as calcium, manganese, copper and magnesium.

So you can see, I’d much rather have my kids eat dates than refined sugar (which BTW has NO nutritional value whatsoever…..)

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So grab these ingredients if you don’t already have them!

Serves 16

2 cups walnuts

2 cups pitted dates (medjool best)

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

1/4 cup carob powder

1/4 cup goji berries

1TBSP coconut oil

1 cup almonds, chopped

1 TBSP coconut palm nectar, agave or maple syrup

sprinkling of sea salt or pink himalayan

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In  your food processor, pulse the walnuts until nicely ground.  Then add the salt, cacao, carob and continue to mix in the food processor.  While the food processor is on, add the dates one by one until you get a nice paste.  Once you get this lovely paste, add in your sweetener (coconut palm nectar, agave or maple syrup)  and the coconut oil.  Remove the paste into a mixing bowl and using your hands (much easier than a wooden spoon) mix in the chopped almonds and the goji berries.

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Place the mixture in either a 8×8 or 9×13 baking tin lined with parchment paper and press the mixture down so that it won’t fall apart.  Finally place in freezer for 30 minutes.  Once the 30 minutes are up, cut into squares and then try not to eat the entire batch!

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116 thoughts on “Raw Chocolate Brownie with Goji Berries”

  1. I just got done making these brownies for a vegan thanksgiving potluck tomorrow! Oh my gosh they were so easy to make and you better believe I buried my hands in that mixture! It was better than looking off cookie dough! So good. I have them in the freezer now. After 30 minutes can I just store them in the fridge till tomorrow or can I leave them out?

    Thanks for the great post!

    Justine

  2. I’m so glad that you followed me and alerted me to your blog. It really has come at the right time. I’m vegetarian, and have been for 13 years now but in my adult years, I’m not eating a diet that’s making me feel energized and something has to change. So I’ll be having a look at your blog in more depth over the Christmas period to inspire me for new year!

    Thanks, and thanks for the like.

  3. Wow! What a lot of GREAT information. I am highly interested in nutrition and you have a great blog for learning a lot! I’m definitely saving this page and trying these recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  4. So glad I found your blog! Thank you for the follow on my poetry blog. Please be aware that my blog is a bilingual one. So you may get links to some poems in English as well as to some in Italian… I’m trying to keep the posting balanced between the two languages.
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  5. I am making something similar since years and the kids love it.We call them muesli bars and they contain raw tehina=sesame paste,peanut butter,coconut fat,some cornflakes to make it crunchy and sesame seeds,sunflowerseeds and finely chopped nuts,depending on what we can get.I add some dark cacao powder and a spice mix from Germany,that is used for “Lebkuchen”and contains cinnamon,cardamon,cloves and nutmeg.I will try something with date puree,since we got lots of it,grown in our area.Thanks for your post….

  6. HEART this recipe and plan to make it soon! Your children are so blessed to get this scrumptiously delicious nutritious fate.

    By the way, probably asked already but hard to scroll down your super popular post comments., but very curious why you also included the carob powder when the cacao powder is already there? Is there additional
    benefits to carob that cacao doesn’t have???

  7. Hi! This looks really nice, but I am just a little confused over your assertion that polyphenols CONTAIN iron… I thought that tannins bind with iron from plant sources, which means that they actually inhibit the body’s ability to absorb iron. This is why it is recommended that people with low iron levels reduce the amount of black tea they drink because it contains high levels of tanins. Would be good to hear your thoughts on this.

    1. Ah, I may have misread. You must be referring to dates containing iron. My mistake! 🙂 Would be interesting to know though whether the tannins in the dates cancel out the iron they contain.

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