Lentil Brownies

Okay, I know this recipe might sound a bit weird and you are probably thinking, ‘is she serious?!’  But yes, I am serious!  I urge you to try this because I promise you, these brownies are so seriously good and gooey!  They do not disappoint if you are looking for an indulgent treat that is healthy too!

There are many benefits to eating lentils, such as promoting digestion and preventing ill health. The great benefits of eating lentils stem from the wealth of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and dietary fibre contained within. They are especially rich in potassium, calcium, zinc and vitamin K which all contribute to essential biological processes in the body!

To make twelve of these brownies for yourself you will need the following ingredients:

2 x 400g tin of lentils, drained and rinsed
12 Medjool dates (make sure you are using soft dates and Medjool are the softest!)
60g of almond butter
40g of cacao powder
1 Tbsp of honey
1 banana
½ tsp of baking soda

The first step in making these brownies is to preheat your oven to 200C. Next, in a food processor, pulse the lentils until they are mixed.  You can then add the almond butter, banana, cacao, honey and baking soda into the food processor and blend again.  After a few moments, scrape the sides to make sure everything is mixed together.  The next step is to add the dates and then blend again. Finally, in a greased 8×8 square pan, pour the mixture in and bake for 15 minutes.

Once this time has passed the brownies should be gooey, so if they are then that’s perfect! Remove from the oven and allow them to cool before slicing into bars. You can either enjoy them right away or place them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.

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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