Hi everyone, I am finally back from holidays and back to reality. I had the most amazing time. Escaped from the hustle and bustle of life and really got time to chill out, de stress and reflect. All of which are so important when looking for balance in life.
Before heading off I managed to squeeze in some baking. I have previous posts here where I explain how I never travel without some handy snacks and this trip was no exception. While I was on holidays I planned on loosening the reigns and enjoying some ‘less healthy’ but delicious foods. However I was conscience of the not so nice plane food and of being peckish at the airport. So I decided to make a few little snacks to carry me through until I got to Bali.
The recipe I am sharing today is so simple it’s hardly even a recipe at all. It is adapted from Deliciously Ella who has been my main source of inspiration since I started this healthier lifestyle.
These brownies are so good, they are chewy, moist and rich, I cannot get enough. So I try not have them hanging around the house too much. As over consumption of any food isn’t wise, even if they are made using 100% natural raw ingredients! If you have a spare 5 minutes, that is literally all you will need, go get your bake on…
Recipe (makes approx. 12 brownies)
2 cups of medjool dates (or regular dates, just soak in warm water for an hour or so to soften).
1 cup of pecans (or your favourite nut)
2-3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder (regular cocoa powder will work too if it’s all you have but you will need to double to quantity)
1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter or any nut butter
2 tablespoons of maple syrup (honey, agarve nectar, use your favourite)
Blend the pecans in a food processor until they form a crumbly mixture
Add the dates and blend again
Add the cacao and maple syrup and nut butter
Place the mixture into a baking tray and press into shape
Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or freeze for one to allow them to set.
Cut into squares
Then keep them in the fridge for freshness
Energy 160kcal 187kcal
Protein 2.8g 3g
Carbohydrate 13.3g 22.8g
of which sugars 12.7g –
Fat 10g 9.3g
of which saturated 1.4g –
I want to briefly discuss the nutritional status of these brownies. I think often people are disillusioned when it comes to eating these treats. People sometimes think that because the ingredients are natural ‘clean’ unprocessed etc. that they can eat them by the bucket load. However just because they are natural by no means makes them low in calories. Just like unhealthy treats they are high in calories as they contain natural sweeteners (dates, honey) and fats (nuts). If you look at the nutritional status above, you can see they are high in sugars, but remember this is all natural sugars. Also if you look at the fat, it is high, however it is low in saturated fats and very high in healthy fats. So while both are similar in calories, the maltesers will contain ’empty calories’ while the brownie will supply ‘nutritional calories’.
So you now need to decide what your goal is; weight loss or health? If you are on a weight loss journey, turn away now and forget you read this blog post! As the maltesers or the brownies will not be your friend. If however you are on a mission to be healthy, feel well, and maintain your weight then absolutely go forth and enjoy these natural, nutritious and delicious treats.
So good with a cup of coffee in the sun!
Hope ye all enjoy
The Wholesome Nut x