Recipe For Health: Raw Brownies

by Sandy Todd Webster on Jan 15, 2014

Food for Thought

Valentine’s Day is often filled with decadent sweets and overall indulgence. With so many temptations around us, it can be easy to overindulge in the wrong kinds of foods and then feel bad about it. But this day of love wouldn’t seem complete without some chocolate!

Fitness professional Hayley Hobson, author of Hayley Hobson’s Hip Guide to Creating Your Sexy & Abundant Life (CreateSpace 2013), says she likes to feel she can eat the most lip-smacking sweets without feeling sick to her stomach, tired or guilty the next day. “I went on a mission to find the most scrumptious, delectable desserts that not only kicked my sweet tooth to the curb but actually made me feel sexy and alive. I use real, raw food. You don’t have to feel guilty about this one. Enjoy!”

  • 21⁄2 C Medjool dates (pitted, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes)
  • 2 C raw walnuts
  • 1⁄2 C unsweetened cacao
  • 1⁄2 C unsweetened cacao nibs (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 1 C raw almonds (chopped, and soaked overnight)
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • For sweeter brownies, add 1 T of agave nectar.
  • pinch Himalayan crystal salt

Recipe Key:

C = Cup – T = Tablespoon

Source: Hayley Hobson’s Sexy and Abundant Life. Reprinted with permission.

In a food processor, blend walnuts until finely ground. Add cacao powder and salt; pulse to combine, then add dates individually until the mixture becomes “crumbly.”

Press the walnut/cacao mixture firmly into a 9- by 9-inch pan. Press the almonds, chia seeds and cacao nibs into the mixture. Freeze for at least 2 hours and then slice into 18 squares.

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Sandy Todd Webster

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Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.