Take a Raw Bite …..
Over the years I have been dabbling with “raw” foods and finally decided that I would share one of the most basic raw desserts that you’ll ever find. If you haven’t ever tasted a raw dessert, or made one, now is the time. 😉 Generally, I try to stick with recipes that the average person has ingredients for in their pantry, so if you aren’t a health fanatic you might have to purchase an ingredient, or two, to make these little babies. Once you discover the benefits that this type of treat offers you, you might find yourself running straight to the store. (Or if you are like me, straight to Amazon prime!)
The ingredients are few, simple, raw, GMO free, and organic. While the “organic” label holds very little weight with me I am trying to increase my supply of non-GMO items. While one bite contains 130 calories it is packed with 6 grams of easily digested protein, 5 measly net carbs, and 3 grams of unrefined sugar.
Honey – If you can get raw honey that is best, if it is local, that is even better! Honey is full of antioxidants, and flavonoids, it is anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. If you buy local it can also help with your seasonal allergies.
Natural Peanut Butter – The only ingredients in your peanut butter should be PEANUTS, and possibly some salt. Peanut butter is a great source of healthy fats, vitamin E, and potassium.
Raw Cacao Powder – This should not be confused with its oh so popular relative COCOA powder. Cocoa powder is cooked at a high heat which kills all the good stuff. Cacao powder is full of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, polyphenols, and a ton of B vitamins.
Hemp Protein Powder – Don’t be afraid, no THC here. I’ve talked about Hemp Hearts before, but consuming Hemp protein in powder form actually increases the protein, and fiber, and is filled with healthy fats!
Unsweetened Coconut – Make sure that you buy UNSWEETENED. Shredded coconut is amazing when you are searching for healthy fats, iron, and other minerals.
There you go, your first lesson on simple raw ingredients. 😉 These Raw Brownie Bites are an absolute power house of goodness. They are very rich, just like a fudge brownie, and very satisfying. I wouldn’t recommend eating the entire batch, but you could eat a couple guilt free. While the quality of ingredients has a huge impact on how your body processes calories, you can still go overboard, even with healthy food, if you over indulge on the purest food. These bites are simple to make, the only tip I can really give is when you are rolling them first squish them flat, then carefully roll them into little balls. The heat of your hand will help to bring them together. At first they act as if they want to crumble, but if you are gently they will come together, and stay together. Dive into a raw dessert adventure, then you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy!
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Raw Brownie Bites
By Angie Gouchenour
½ cup natural crunchy peanut butter
¼ cup hemp protein powder (I used Viva)
2 Tablespoons cacao powder (I used Viva)
2 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut (generic)
1 Tablespoon honey
Roasted Cacao nibs (optional)
In a medium bowl stir together the peanut butter, hemp protein powder, cacao powder, unsweetened coconut, and honey
It may seem as if the mixture is dry, but just use the back of your spoon and cream the ingredients together
Using a 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop 8 balls onto wax paper
Flatten each ball and using the heat of your hand press them into bites, kind of like Play-doh until they form glossy round bites
Stud with roasted cacao nibs if you’d like
Store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator
1 bite- 130 calories