Today’s recipe isn’t just a chocolate-filled one, but also a nutritionally-packed one!
Plant-based foods are FILLED with nutrients, and one of the benefits of getting these nutrients from plant-based foods is that you’re getting the directly from the source they come from: the soil and the plants themselves. Which makes today’s recipe perfect because it’s filled with these nutrients and more … plus, there’s chocolate involved!
Ingredient Highlights of These Brownies:
Cacao is a great source of iron, magnesium, zinc, fiber, and potassium as well as many amino acids. These all contribute to a healthy heart, mood, and improve skin appearance along with brain function.
Oats are one of the most protein-rich and nutrient-dense grains you can eat. They are also the one grain most related to heart-health and weight benefits.
Figs and raisins are dried fruits that are higher in sugar than many fresh fruits, but they are also two of the most nutrient-dense fruits you can eat containing large amounts of iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These two fruits help improve mood, relieve constipation and can help reduce high blood pressure along with increase energy.
So, why not consume all these amazing foods in the form of a tasty brownie that’s actually good for you too? 🙂
- 8 dried figs - you can use dates instead, I just prefer figs + soaking water
- 1/4 cup organic raisins (or mulberries would also work)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (or sub equal amounts more oats if desired)
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or sub cocoa powder)
- pinch of cardamom (optional)
- Soak your figs and raisins overnight (preferred) or at least 20 minutes in water (but not boiling or ice cold) water.
- Soak them with just enough water to cover (about 1/2 cup)
- Drain the dried fruit, and save 1/2 the soaking water (about 1/4 cup).
- Add the fruit to a food processor along with the other ingredients.
- Top with the soaking water, and then process.
- Pulse until a thick dough forms.
- Scoop out the dough, and put in an 8x8 inch glass pan ( I used a Pyrex dish).
- Press the dough down into the dish until it's flat and is even.
- Cut into 9 squares with a knife.
- Top with additional coconut for garnish (if desired, but totally optional).
- Freeze for 10 minutes to set (or refrigerate for 30-45 minutes).
- Serve, or portion out into small baggies for easy grab-and-go snacks to have all week.
- *These should be kept in the fridge or you can cover and store them in the freezer.
Ingredients I used:
- Fruit Bliss Organic Figs (my fave!)
- Newman’s Own Organic Raisins
- Bob’s Red Mill Extra Thick Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
- Navitas Naturals Raw Cacao Powder
- Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Shredded Coconut – medium texture
- Simply Organic Ceylon Cinnamon
- Simply Organic Cardamom
What’s your favorite healthy way to enjoy chocolate?