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No-Bake Superfood Brownies

I was really looking forward to trying to experiment with black bean brownies this week… until our air conditioner broke. What to do instead, since it was WAY too hot to turn on the oven? No-bake brownies!  And why are they “superfood?” Well, because I tried to pack as many superfoods in them as I could!

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What is a superfood? Well, the term “superfood” has no set scientific definition. Basically, I think of a superfood as something that really packs a nutrient-dense punch. The following brownie ingredients are what I’m considering superfoods:

  • Hemp Seeds
    • Contain all 21 known amino acids, including the 8 essential amino acids.
    • Contain a perfect balance of essential fatty acids or EFAs (which is helpful is replenishing EFAs in breastfeeding mothers!)
    • High protein (great protein source for vegans) and high fiber
  • Raw Cacao  (nibs and powder)
    • Most antioxidant-rich food in the world (make sure you get raw, not processed for the antioxidant benefits!)
    • Promotes the release of neurotransmitters like endorphins and serotonin (can you say mood booster?)
  • Chia Seeds
    • The richest natural source of omega-3
    • High energy food (prolonged, sustained release of energy)
    • Absorb 10 times their weight in liquid, so can help you stay hydrated
  • Spirulina
    • High protein- gram for gram, offers more (almost 3 times more) protein than steak
    • Increases your body’s oxygen levels
  • Goji Berries
    • High vitamin C – gram for gram, more than an orange
    • Have long been associated with longevity in China (and modern research confirms that certain oils in the berries increase your production of human growth hormone… no other plant has been shown to have this effect on hormones!)

The superfoods are great, obviously, but the other ingredients in these brownies aren’t half-bad, either. 😉 Walnuts, coconut, oats, dates, vanilla, salt and water.  Say what? No sugar?  Nope!  These are naturally sweetened with fruit. And you don’t even have to turn on your oven!

 

No-Bake Superfood Brownies
 
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These brownies are a moist, rich, decadent treat. What's even better than that is that they are naturally sweetened with fruit, and contain no flour or butter. And it's no-bake, to boot!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ¾ cup coconut
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup cacao powder*
  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp spirulina
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • ½ tsp salt
For topping: ½ cup dark chocolate wafers (or chips), 1-2 tbsp. goji berries, 1 tbsp. cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. In food processor, combine walnuts, coconut, hemp seeds, oats, and chia seeds until flour-like consistency.
  2. Add all other ingredients (except topping ingredients) and process until a thick dough has formed. (Scrape down sides as necessary).
  3. Press dough into an 8x8 glass baking dish until flat and smooth. Set aside.
  4. Melt chocolate in a double boiler until smooth. Spread over brownie base, and sprinkle with goji berries and cacao nibs.
  5. Store in refrigerator for up to a week, or the freezer for a couple of months.
Notes
*Raw cacao has many health benefits, whereas cocoa powder is stripped of 90% of its nutrients. If cocoa (not cacao) is all you have on hand, you can use that, but it just wouldn't be quite as healthy 😉

 

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I’d love to hear from you! Do you include superfoods in your diet? What is your favorite no-bake treat?  Leave me a comment, below!

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