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Absolutely delicious raw chocolate brownie!

Last year we had a Thermomix conference for the Irish demonstrators in the beautiful village of Kinsale (in the south of Ireland) and one of the participants, Liz, presented us a gorgeous recipe of raw chocolate brownie that has the added bonus of being absolutely healthy! Her recipe is so simple and tastes so amazing that I have done it time and time again ever since. She kindly gave me the permission to share it with you today and I must beg you to try this little gem of a treat because it will send you for more! There is very little cooking involved (just enough to melt the chocolate) so with the right chocolate, this could be suitable to raw foodies as well. When I told you this was a gem, I wasn’t kidding! You can check Liz’s website: www.mygoodness.ie.

For this recipe, I have used Nu3 Goji berries, which I was kindly sent to use in a recipe. They are guaranteed to be sulphur-free, GMO-free with no additives or preservatives, thus contributing to the high health benefit of this recipe (see below for its vitamins/nutrients content).

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Source: Liz Nolan

Ingredients

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75g sesame seeds
150g ground almonds (or whole almonds)
150g dark chocolate 70%
30g coconut oil
30g coconut palm sugar (or honey or rapadura sugar)
50g dessicated coconut plus extra for sprinkling (I didn’t use any)
2 tbsp Goji berries
2 tbsp cacao nibs (I omitted)
zest of 1 orange
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method: 

  1. Grind sesame seeds with the zest and salt for 20 secs/speed 8 (if using whole almonds, grind them at this stage also). Tip into a bowl and set aside.RawChocBrownie_002
  2. Break up the chocolate and add to the TM bowl and grind for 6 sec/speed 6.
  3. Then add the coconut oil, sugar and vanilla extract and melt 3 min/50C/speed 2.
  4. Add in the ground almonds, dessicated coconut, sesame mixture and combine 20 sec/speed 4.RawChocBrownie_003
  5. Add cacao nibs and Goji berries 10 secs/speed 2.
  6. Spread out onto a small baking tray approx 30cm x 20cm and press down firmly with a spatula and level.
  7. Sprinkle with Sesame seeds and Goji berries and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.RawChocBrownie_004
  8. Cut into squares and serve. Keep in a plastic lidded box in the fridge or freeze. Keeps for at least a couple of weeks if it lasts that long!

Nutritional Info: 
These brownies apart from being delicious are very good for you.
The dark chocolate and cacao nibs are very high in antioxidants and magnesium which helps to relax muscles and can lower blood pressure.
The goji berries and orange zest are high in antioxidants which hep the immune system to stay healthy. Goji berries are rich in vit B, B12, iron & carotenoids.
Coconut oil is anti viral, anti bacterial and anti microbial and apart from using in cooking curries and soups (it has a high burning point so can be heated to a high temperature) it makes a great dairy free alternative to butter in baking.
Himalayan salt contains a huge amount of minerals it is like taking a mineral supplement! 
Sesame seeds
 are very high in calcium and soluble fibre and good omega oils and lastly 
Almonds 
also contain great amounts of calcium and provide excellent protein and soluble fibre.