Recently, I made some fabulous homemade almond milk, which I then fermented into fermented almond milk kefir. Super yummmmy! It left me with a whole load of raw, slightly damp, almond meal.
I knew just what I wanted to make - raw balls! Then as I was rolling them, I decided to do raw brownies instead. See, this is how I cook, or not cook in this case... I go by feel and mood, and often forget to take photos or write notes. So most of the recipes on this site I have made numerous times taking notes, so I can share them with you.
They have two different additions to most raw balls or raw brownies:
1 - black mission figs, the only reason I used any dates at all, was that I ran out of the figs, the figs really made a difference. I made another batch with only dates (I was out of figs) and it was good, but not as good as the batches with figs. So in short, use figs!
2 - peppermint extract, the flavor pulled the whole taste together perfectly
- 1.25 cups of slightly damp almond meal OR 1.5 cups of dry almond flour
- 1/2 cup of black mission figs (ideally soaked for a couple hours)
- 1/2 cup of dates (ideally soaked for a couple hours)
- 3/4 cup of coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder (more or less to your taste)
- dash of Himalayan pink salt
- 1/2 Tablespoon of peppermint extract - shhhh, this is the secret ingredient
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until it forms a ball
- Taste, see if you want to add anything at this point, then add
- Scrape down the sides, smash the ball, and blend some more
- The less blended the more texture - if you blended it a lot, but like more texture, add some extra coconut flakes or hemp seeds right at the end.
- If it is too dry, add some of the liquid from the soaked figs/dates
- Prepare a glass baking tray by putting a layer of coconut flakes in the bottom
- Press in the brownie mixture
- Set in freezer for 3-12 hours, then cut into very small brownie bites
These can then be stored in the freezer for months or in the fridge for a couple weeks - but they won't last that long! My kids love them, and they go great with a glass of homemade almond milk kefir.