I’m not a raw foodist by any means, but I do appreciate the point and it’s benefits. Usually when I make something raw, it’s because I don’t have a lot of time but still want to enjoy a sweet treat. You don’t have to spend all your days slaving over a hot oven, waiting for dough to rise or for cookies to cool. With raw treats, you simply throw all your ingredients into a food processor or blender. Most of the time I don’t even measure my ingredients because it’s really easy to just add something if the flavour or consistency isn’t right. You can also eat the mixture as you go, though I don’t know if that’s a good thing…
This slice is what I suppose other people might call a ‘brownie’ but it really isn’t. There’s nothing else like a brownie, end of discussion. These are really good though, and certainly do satisfy a chocolatey craving. They’re pretty nutritious too– loaded with the goodness of flaxseeds, chia, coconut, almonds and hemp, but most of all they’re just really delicious! Dates and goji berries sweeten the mix and I’ve topped mine with a simple cacao-avocado mousse and sprinkling of berry boadicea from the staple store.
Hemp seeds are probably one of my most used ingredients in all my recipes. They’re one of very few plant-based sources of complete protein and they have such a neutral flavour that you can really eat them with and in everything. The funny thing is, they’re actually illegal for human consumption in Australia (oops) and are sold under the guise that they’ll be used externally only– apparently they make a beautiful body cream. At $60 a kilo though, there’s no way I’ll be using my precious hemp seeds on my skin. Although hemp seeds do come from the same plant mother as cannabis, they contain such a low amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (the stuff that makes you ‘high’), that eating them won’t cause you harm.
- 1/2 Cup Almonds
- 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Flaxseeds, ground
- 3 Tablespoons Hemp Seeds
- 3 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut
- 3 Tablespoons Cacao Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Goji Berries
- 1 tsp Coconut Oil
- 1 Cup Dates, soaked overnight or quickly softened in boiling water
- Throw all the ingredients into your food processor and whizz until well combined.
- Press mixture into a lined tin or roll into balls.
- Eat immediately or store in the fridge.