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Valentines day is coming up in just a few days and if you’re looking to create some homemade valentines goodies for yourself and your special someone, these raw goji brownie bites are the perfect choice. And they’re perfectly nutritious. Made from nuts, dates, goji berries and raw cacao, these have all the chocolate taste but none of the usual nasties. And there y’re from refined sugars, flour, butter & dairy.
Goji berries have for centuries been used in traditional Chinese medicine to support overall health and wellbeing. Their popularity have since reached the western world, mostly due to their super potent antioxidant content – which is 500 times more potent than that found in fresh oranges when comparing ounce for ounce. Aside from being super charged with antioxidant powers, goji berries are also rich in nutrients, including the antioxidant beauty vitamins – vitamin A, E + C – as well as B vitamins, protein, fibre + iron. In fact, just 4 tbsp of goji’s provides you 180% of your daily value (DV) of vitamin A, 30% DV of vitamin C, 15% DV of iron and 13% DV of dietary fibre!
Adapted from this recipe – Raw Chocolate Brownies
- 150 gm (about 20) soft dates, pitted
- gm (1/2 cup) almonds
- gm (1/2 cup) hazelnuts, roasted
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) raw unsweetened cacao (or cocoa)
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 3 tbsp goji berries, soaked for 5 mins
- 1-2 tbsp water - if needed
- 85% dark chocolate, melted to drizzle on top (OPTIONAL)
- Place goji berries in a bowl and cover them in room temperature water. Leave to soak for 5 mins. Then drain and set aside.
- Place soft dates, cocoa, almonds, hazelnuts and sea salt in food processor and process on low setting (pulse) for about 30 seconds until the dates are broken up and the mixture is thick and sticky.
- Add the soaked goji berries and process again until an almost solid clump forms and the mixture sticks together well. If the mixture does not stick together but is crumbly in texture, add 1 tsp of water at a time until the mixture is sticky enough.
- Transfer the brownie mixture to a piece of parchment paper and flatten into a square. Wrap the sides of the parchment paper around the square and place in the fridge to set for at least 1 hour (or 20 mins in freezer).
- melt dark chocolate and drizzle on top (optional)
- Cut the brownies into little squares or shape of your preference. Serve chilled