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Chocolate, orange and pecan brownies

November 2, 2014

 

In the days before we knew about the damage refined-sugar and packaged food did to our body, brain and emotional health, we must admit, we cracked open a few Terry's Chocolate Orange balls. The flavours of chocolate and orange are so amazing together, we needed to come up with a recipe to satisfy our now sugar-free taste buds, using real food as a healthy treat. We have served this warm with coconut ice cream for dessert, as an afternoon power snack with a cup of lemon and ginger tea and a quick breakfast on the run. They are simple to make and as an added bonus, full of good healthy fats, magnesium and Vitamins C & E. Enjoy!

 

Step 1: Prep

15 medjool dates

Remove pips from dates. Cover with boiling water and soak for 30 minutes.

Zest peel of 1 organic orange - then juice

Line a slice pan with baking paper

Set oven to 150 degrees (fan-forced) 160 degrees conventional

Zest peel of 1 organic orange

 

Step 2: Prepare dry ingredients and mix in a big bowl

3/4 cup of pecans blitzed to a meal (you could also use almond meal)* 

1 tsp. of baking powder (Bob's Red Mill a good aluminum-free choice)

1 cup of cacao powder

Pinch of sea salt

 

Step 3: Prepare wet ingredients

1/3 cup brown rice malt syrup

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Juice of 1 orange

4 eggs beaten lightly

 

Step 4: Make the mix

Remove dates from water and blend to a paste. Add in all other wet ingredients mix until combined. Add in dry ingredients, mix until combined. If mixture too dry, add a little left over date water.

 

Step 5: The cooking

Pour batter into lined baking pan.

Arrange 12 pecan halves (arrange on slice 4 x 5 rows)

Bake for 15-20 mins - looking for edges to just be shrinking in from the side of the pan but still a soft middle.

 

Step 6: Final flair

Turn oven down to as low as it can go. Dry orange peel for 10-15 mins (use to decorate once brownie is cooked and sliced).

 

Will keep in an airtight container for 5 days in the fridge. Makes 20 brownies.

 

*we used 2die4livefoods activated pecans, but you can soak pecans overnight to activate as well.

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