Mmmm.. brownies. In her first recipe for lowtrees.net, Linda Coogan Byrne non-bakes up a batch of nutty treats.
I love how easy these nutritional little treats can be to prepare. Especially when you are in need of a boost and for the glucose levels to perk up. They are what I call ‘pick me up’ snacks. This recipe requires that you have a food processor but includes no baking at all!
Medjool dates are packed with calories, carbohydrates, proteins and yet no fat. Hurrah! They have sugar in them which is broken into glucose, fructose and traces of sucrose and maltose. They allow for a healthy digestive system and help keep cravings at bay by being a slow energy release food. They also have an abundance of dietary fibre making them great for avoiding constipation. Its high content of potassium outdoes that found in bananas and they even make you look better by aiding with muscle tone so these guys are perfect for when you are training and in the throes of an exercise regime!
The recipe is easy and can be altered once you get the general gist of making them. For instance you can even add cranberry or gogi berry, hemp seeds, anything really that takes your fancy in the berry or nut department. Today, I used brazil nuts, pistachio and walnut with dried shredded desecrated Coconut as the protein base. The raw brownies are yum eaten straight away or else left in the fridge where they can go that little bit harder. They can last about a week or more too. So make a great meal prep energy food to tuck into throughout the week!
No Bake Gluten Free Vegan Brownies
Frozen Coconut mousse
- 1/2 cup of pistachios
- 1/2 cup of Brazil nuts
- 6 medjool dates
- 2 tablespoons of cacao powder
- 1 small tablespoon of vanilla essence
- 1 small tablespoon of coconut palm sugar
- 1/2 cup of gluten free oatmeal
- Drop of water
1. Mix the nuts in a processor first, mix well
2. Add the oatmeal and mix again.
3. Add the chopped medjool dates, cacao, coconut palm sugar, vanilla essence, and drop of water.
4. Mix. Then it is ready to shape!
5. Separate the mixture from the processor and mold into either protein balls or brownies/bars. Simply crunch down some left over walnut and desecrated coconut and then sprinkle on top. Enjoy!
Linda writes and contributes to various food blogs, maintaining the nutriional qialities of her recipes. Her own food blog is called Daily Vegan Life and can be found here www.dailyveganlife.com