Dates are the key ingredient here, and it is not just any date. Medjool dates, the superior to all other types of dates. They are exceptionally soft and moist making them an excellent sweet treat! Medjool dates are also packed with vitamins such as vitamin A, K, B6, calcium, iron and beta carotene to say the least! These wondrous fruits even contain amounts of protein and amino acids! Dates are also excellent pre-workout snacks because of their sugar content. These sugars are easily absorbed into the body, providing it with a burst of energy.
Carob, a close relative to chocolate, has all the same flavor and versatility of cocoa except without all the needed sugar and caffeine. Yes, that is right, a chocolate without caffeine! Carob is a naturally sweet flowering shrub related to the pea family. This nutritious powder can help ease digestion, lower cholesterol, fight against osteoporosis and help ward off lung cancer! Carob is also low in calories, which makes its an excellent addition to both baked goods and smoothies.
Mila, a superfood at its finest, is about all there is to say! Mila is made from chia seeds which are then specially sliced to produce maximum nutrition. These unique chia seeds have been a long time staple of the Inca, Aztec and Mayan Native American cultures. Mila is a whole, raw food which is currently used by many to aid in both weight management and day to day health! To learn more about this awesome product, visit their website!
The Ultimate RAW Brownie
1 cup medjool dates, pitted (fresh juicy ones are best)
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/4 cup raw carob powder*
1/4 cup cocoa powder (or more raw carob)
2 tbs maca powder
1/2 cup Mila*
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
2 shakes cayenne
1 tsp spirulina powder (completely optional)
1/2 tsp course sea salt + more for sprinkling (completely not optional!)
2 tbs filtered water
Add the walnuts to a high speed blender or food processor, pulse until finely ground. Next, add in the pitted dates and blend/process until a paste has formed. Now, add in the rest of the ingredients including the water. Continue to blend until the spices are fully incorporated.
To assemble, pour the date mixture into a small pan (or any small container you want) and firmly press down so that it sticks together. Cut your brownies into any desired size. Garnish with a dusting of carob powder, sea salt and fresh mint. Recipe makes 4 large brownies or 8 mini ones. Enjoy!
*If you absolutely cannot find or buy Mila, freshly ground chia seeds will work as well.
*If you are not concerned about this recipe being completely raw, feel free to use roasted carob powder.