Back in the UK about 10 kilos ago, when I could eat whatever I liked without gaining weight (the glory days). I would buy a selection box of cream cakes from Marks & Spencers and demolish the whole lot in one sitting without a second thought.
Fast forward some years, my metabolism has slowed down, I have turned fully vegan as opposed to vegetarian and have come to realise the perils of a diet high in sugar.
I used to think sugar was a thing to avoid purely because it rotted your teeth, and as my Mum pointed out I didn't want to end up with teeth like a pirate. But as my teeth seemed to be fairing well I didn't give it much more thought.
Now I know better and I shudder when I scan the ingredient lists in supermarkets and find sugar in, well, pretty much everything. From 'healthy' breakfast cereals and 'diet, low calorie' foods, sugar has insidiously creeped in to almost every food source.
As I learnt some years ago, sugar used to be a status symbol. A representation of wealth from those who could afford this exotic produce.
Fast forward a couple of centuries and it's hard to believe we used to live without what has now become to be known as 'white death'.
Not only does sugar rot your teeth and make you fat, it also has far more serious consequences. It is a leading contributor to the incredible rise in diabetes, it causes liver disease and high cholesterol and perhaps most seriously it literally feeds cancer cells.
It's simply not natural to consume so much sugar and it overwhelms our systems and defences.
So what is a sweet toothed girl like me to do?
Get creative that's what!
As people are catching on to the dire health consequences associated to sugar there is a rise in sugar free baking.
I'll be honest, these brownies were a case of trial and error. At first my results were simply not satisfying enough until I created a hybrid of a few different recipes which hit the nail right on the spot.
At a little tea party I hosted the other day almost everyone contested the ingredients. 'They can't be sugar free'. 'They can't be healthy'. 'Why?' 'Because they are far too delicious!'
I have to agree, they do taste far too delicious to be almost everything free and they are seriously moreish.
They have even fooled my kids, who think they are getting a delicious treat every time they eat them.
Have a go yourself and let me know what you think below!
1 cup of walnuts
1 cup of cashew nuts
1 cup of pistachio nuts
3 cups of dates (I used medjool dates)
1 cup of raw, unsweetened cocoa powder
a dash of sea salt
quarter of a cup of rice milk
50 g of at least 70% dark chocolate (make sure it's dairy free)
quarter of a cup of raw, unsweetened cocoa powder
1tbsp of agave syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
Place all of the nuts, apart from a few walnuts in to the blender and pulse until a powder is formed.
Remove and place in to a bowl and sift in the cocoa powder and salt and mix well.
In the meantime place the dates in to the blender and pulse until they are broken down in to little pieces (nb ensure you remove the seed).
Remove the dates and set aside and then place the nut and cocoa powder mixture back in to the blender. Add the dates a little bit at a time whilst pulsing until a nice dough is formed. Remove and set aside and break the remaining walnuts in to small pieces and add in to the mixture.
Line a baking dish with baking paper and grease with a little bit of coconut oil.
Scoop the dough in to the baking dish and flatten in to the shape of the dish.
To make the sauce place the milk in to a saucepan and put on a medium heat. Add the chocolate and continuously stir until the chocolate melts in to the milk. Add in the sifted cocoa powder a little at a time stirring continuously. If the sauce seems too thick add more milk, if it seems to liquidly add more cocoa powder. You want it to be a thick pouring sauce. Once the desired consistency is achieved add the agave syrup, touch of sea salt and coconut oil and stir in.
Remove and pour the topping sauce over the brownie mixture.
Place in the freezer. After one hour remove from the freezer and cut in to squares.
You can eat immediately or store in the fridge.
Warning, these are seriously good!!!
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