Dinner

Raw chocolate and nut brownie with ganache frosting

TV nutritionist Amanda Hamilton has created this decadent-looking, all-good-for-you raw chocolate and nut brownie with ganache frosting. It’s a healthy snack with a heavenly dessert appeal.

Ingredients (serves 4)

100g dates

50g walnuts

35 almonds, whole

15g raw cocoa powder

1/4tsp sea salt

30ml almond milk

50g raw dark chocolate, 70% minimum

1tsp Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend

1 tbsp maple syrup

Cacao nibs, optional

Method

Soak the dates in warm water for 10 minutes and drain well. Place 3/4 of the walnuts and all of the almonds in food processor and process until finely ground. Add the cacao powder and half of the sea salt and pulse to combine. Place to one side. Now add the dates to the food processor and process until only small bits remain. Return the blended nuts to the food processor and pulse until a dough consistency is achieved, adding more dates if the mixture does not hold together when squeezed in your hand.  Add the brownie mixture to a small parchment-lined dish. Then press down with hands until it is flat and firm. (Lay down a piece of plastic wrap to prevent sticking and get it really flat.)  For the ganache, add the almond milk (or soy or coconut) to a small saucepan and gently heat. Take off the heat and immediately add finely chopped dark chocolate to the warm milk and loosely cover. Don’t touch for two minutes to allow it to melt. Add the remaining salt and whisk to incorporate, then the Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend (coconut oil also works) and maple syrup and use a whisk to mix. Set in fridge for 10 minutes to thicken. Remove from fridge and spread the frosting generously over the brownie mix and top with the remaining walnuts chopped up and cacao nibs. Refrigerate again until the frosting has set and slice into even squares before serving. Store brownies in an airtight container to keep fresh. Will keep for three to four days at room temperature, or in the freezer for at least a month.

Recipe courtesy of Udo’s Choice

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