Cacao is an amazing source of iron, magnesium, calcium, flavonoids, antioxidants and neurotransmitters. It contains over 300 different compounds for overall health! The antioxidant content of raw cacao is more than blueberries and green tea combined! Theobromine, a natural mental stimulant, is known to improve focus and help reduce depression symptoms. It even contains phenethylamine, a compound that is released by the brain as a natural stress and pain reliever. PEA also increases the secretion of endorphins and serotonins, the natural feel good, happy hormones! Raw cacao contains insignificant amounts of caffeine, so you can enjoy a late-night treat too. With all of these incredible health benefits, it's easy to see why it's called the food of the gods.
Raw or "UnBaked" Brownies
This recipe is based on Chocolate Covered Katie's Unbaked Brownie recipe, I made minor tweaks with what I had/preferred, but this recipe is a win with kids and adults alike. With the chewiness, I'd even call this raw fudge! She eats chocolate everyday, sometimes twice a day--just like us!
Makes 1 8x8" pan
Blend all brownie base ingredients in a food processor until a well incorporated dough forms. If you want some crunch, only process until you see some small nut pieces. If it is a weak processor, you might need to blend for 1-2 minutes each time and give the machine 5 minute breaks to prevent overheating. (I use a 10-cup Hamilton Beach processor I got at Walmart for like $45. I could blend for a few minutes before it felt a little warm.) Once done, grease a 8x8" pan with warmed coconut oil or butter and spread the dough evenly. It is a sticky mixture, so I like to take a piece of parchment paper or wax paper and lay it on top, then press my fingers down and brush back and forth until glossy smooth.
Next, whisk the frosting ingredients in a small bowl, then pour on top of the brownie base. Use a rubber spatula to smooth. Pop it in the fridge for about an hour before serving. You can store these yummies for a few weeks in the fridge or few months in the freezer in a sealed container.
Rachel's Note: I've made these twice now and they never get old. I grab one when I'm hankering for fudge or something gooey good. I'd LOVE to hear on our social media, on this blog, or tell me in store what spins you put on this. Next batch I'm attempting a caramel swirl, or maybe a cheesecake swirl!