Peanut Butter Brownies
If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know I’m a little peanut obsessed. Here’s another one to add to the collection!
- 1 1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 1 cup Pitted Dates
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 cup Desiccated Coconut
- 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
- 1 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
- In a food processor, blitz the peanuts until finely ground.
- Add the dates and process until they are well blended with the peanuts.
- Add the cacao, coconut, honey and vanilla essence. Process until the mixture looks crumbly but will stick together when pressed between two fingers.
- Press the mixture into a rectangle 8cm x 10cm cake tin lined with baking paper. Freeze for at least an hour, until firm. Cut into rectangle bars to serve.
- For a really moist brownie, substitute 1/2 cup of peanuts with 1/2 cup of organic peanut butter. It’s stickier but melts in your mouth!
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A word from The Raw Food Girl
So… just in case you were wondering why this recipe calls for dry roasted peanuts rather than raw peanuts (I mean, this is a raw food website isn’t it?), let me explain myself.
Firstly, peanuts are actually a legume, which means they are digested differently to regular nuts. They’re harsher on the digestive system, especially when eaten in their raw form.
Cooking or roasting legumes can make them easier to digest – and that’s a good thing too, because in my opinion raw peanuts taste as nice as my sweaty gym socks after a Leaner class.
Raw peanuts are not poisonous to eat, but they are a crop that have to be dried properly. If peanuts are not dried correctly they are prone to growing moulds, in particular one called Aflatoxin, which over time can lead to cancer growth in the liver.
Each country has it’s own regulations and standards on food production – so it’s a good idea to check the source of your peanuts before you buy them. Both Australia, the U.S. and Canada have strict safety requirements when it comes to food, so buy locally when you can.
Peanuts provide an excellent source of plant protein (around 33%). They are also provide fibre, some vitamins, minerals and fat, so you don’t need to be afraid of them. Just eat them in moderation and buy from quality suppliers.