Friday, June 17, 2011

Recipe for Cookie-Crumb Brownies (Gluten-free) (Yummy) (Unbaked) (Dairy-free) (Vegan)



Well, here I am at home alone while my hubby is off in the Honduras helping on a school-building project with Maranatha Volunteers International.  I have been dutifully and even gleefully walking Zoe up and down a long hill to the ocean twice a day, and taking her for another long walk in the evening, plus rebounding 30 minutes a day, and other active things.  I have been eating lots of dopamine-producing foods and honestly haven't had any cravings for sweets.  And suddenly... well, I invented the most delicious unbaked (not all the ingredients are "raw") brownies that smelled like oreo cookies when I took the top off the food processor.  I will try not to eat the whole pan myself, although that will be hard.  Here is the recipe, but I suggest that you jiggle around with the ingredients to get the exact taste that you want... it's not hard, just put in a little extra of what you like, and take out what you don't like, or substitute something you like for something you don't like/don't have.  You could, for example, try a little oatmeal for the dehydrated buckwheat crispies (although I think that would be a shame, really, because they give it the 'cookie crumb' texture-- maybe you could try rice crispies?)

Melt about 1 T. of extra virgin coconut oil in a dish over hot water.

Grind up about 1/2 C. of Buckwheat Crispies into a flour using a coffee bean grinder or a vitamix.

Add the above to a food processor along with:

  • 1/2 C. organic Cocoa powder
  • 1/4 C. Walnut Pieces
  • 1/2 C. Shredded Coconut
  • 8-12 soft Dates without pits
  • 1/4 C. organic Peanut Butter
  • Shot of Vanilla extract (your call)
Pulse until all combined... batter will be a little sticky but still fairly much of a cookie crumb texture. If it is too dry in your opinion, just add a little bit more peanut butter or a little almond milk... but not much.  Press it into a small pan (8x8 or smaller) and put into the freezer until it sets (very quickly).  I actually cut mine with a pizza cutter before putting it into the freezer for convenience's sake.  Tastes very yummy with banana "ice cream" (actually just frozen bananas whirred up in the vitamix with a little vanilla and a couple of ice cubes).

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4 comments:

  1. this sounds yummy cynthia,why the EV coconut oil and what can I sub for it as I do not buy this. I will also just use the regular not organic ingredients I have in the house.
    sigrid

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  2. it is yummy Phil Brewer (Silver Hills)gave a big thumbs up to EV Coconut Oil... it actually allows for a nice set (that's the aesthetic part) but is a "healthy" oil (eaten in moderation) as well that provides lauric acid with medium-chain omegas. My question to you would be: why do you NOT buy it? It is actually the only oil you should stir fry with (if you do that) because it doesn't mutate at the lower temps that other oils do. Read more about the health benefits here: http://search.mercola.com/search/Pages/results.aspx?sq=1&k=coconut%20oil%20benefits

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  3. So excited to try out this recipe. While I don't have a sweet tooth, I'm currently trying to do a strict 30 days (or more) of Paleo. So far it's going swimmingly, but it'll be even better once I have a couple of these delicious treats!

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  4. Hope you enjoy this Penn... I ended up eating it with fresh strawberries a couple of times (from my own patch) and it was terrific. Good with plain yogurt too. I guess I have to make some more..:D

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