After 12 weeks of ice cream, perhaps you were expecting a recipe for salad or juice.
Nope! The reason? This healthy, portable, nut-free and easy treat is too good not to share for back-to-school season.
A lovechild of sunflower double chocolate chip cookies and raw cocoa nibbles, these raw brownies will only take you a few minutes to make and they’re the perfect snack if you’re sending your kid into a nut-free classroom.
If you’re so inclined, you can double or triple the batch and stash them in the freezer…which might be a good idea regardless, since you’ll have a hard time resisting.
I tease about indulging, but really, there’s nothing to feel guilty about here. Sunflower seeds are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, as well as the stress-busting and energy-boosting B vitamins. Medjool dates are full of fibre and potassium, while cacao is high in iron and magnesium. That means these raw sunflower brownies will give you a good dose of energy, help to balance blood sugar levels and keep you feeling relaxed.
Now, go forth and make brownies!
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup Medjool dates (about 10), pitted and roughly chopped
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 1 heaping tbsp Dandy Blend, optional
- In a food processor, grind the sunflower seeds into a rough meal.
- Add the dates, cacao powder and Dandy blend, if using, and blend for a few minutes until everything comes together. When you pinch the dough with your fingers, it should clump together easily.
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and press the dough evenly into the pan.
- Chill, then cut into bite-sized squares.
- Makes about 16 squares, depending on how big you slice them.