…Oftentimes, we crave something sweet, yet we try to avoid carbs and additional sugar…
For the dark chocolate lovers and health nuts, this version of brownies can satisfy a moment of sweet craving during the day or be served as a small snack in the late afternoon!
The sweetness from dried fruit won’t bring you a quick rush, that’s often followed by a crash, but give you a clean burst of energy. Mild bitterness of dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is regarded as an indulgent and healthy snack. A combination of sea salt and roasted walnuts seems to perfectly enhance the brownies’ flavour and texture.
Still, it’s hard to resist temptation when it comes to tasty food. Consuming anything in moderation is a key to a healthy lifestyle after all!
*This recipe is gluten-free and can be vegan (if using vegan dark chocolate).
// ingredients: 9 pieces //
70 g dates (pitted)
70 g figs (dried)
30 ml coconut oil (melted)
15 ml water (warm)
50g walnuts (roasted)
pinch of salt
50 g cacao powder
80 g dark chocolate (finely chopped)
pinch of sea salt flakes (for garnish)
20 g dark chocolate (melted / for garnish)
5 g walnuts (roasted and chopped / for garnish)
// instructions //
Preheat an oven to 180°C. Line a parchment paper on a 8” x 8” baking tray. Soften dates and figs in warm water for 5 minutes. Blend the softened dates and figs with coconut oil and warm water in a food processor until smooth paste. Add roasted walnuts and salt and blend in low speed for 5 seconds. Transfer to a medium bowl, add cacao powder and dark chocolate, and mix by hand using a spatula (just to combine). Press the mixture in a lined baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes. Let it cool for 15 minutes. Melt dark chocolate and drizzle on top of the brownies. Sprinkle with roasted walnuts and sea salt flakes on top. Cut and serve.