Beautifying Brownie Recipe

This recipe is part of Dig Inn's Wellness Series. Dig Inn is a farm-to-counter restaurant serving up real, good food here in NYC with a focus on seasonal, vegetable-friendly cooking.

These brownies are moist, gooey, chocolaty and sweet. But, guess what? They are also good for you! You can eat these date-sweetened treats as a snack, breakfast or the perfect dessert.

You may be thinking to yourself, a brownie recipe that makes you feel and look beautiful!? Sign me up! Did you know that raw cocao is rich in magnesium, dietary fiber, and antioxidants including flavnols and polyphenols? The antioxidants found in cocao prevent premature aging. These nutrients protect our cells from premature oxidation or destruction and can keep us looking and feeling younger longer. The more cocao you eat the more you will notice glowing skin and improved skin texture. In 2006 the Journal of Nutrition found that women who drank cacao with at least 326 mg of flavonals a day had better skin texture, improved microcirculation, increased oxygen saturation, and improved skin hydration than those didn’t.

Did you know that cocao can prevent sunburns? A recent study by London scientists found participants who ate 20 grams of cacao for 12 weeks were able to stay in the sun for twice as long as those who didn’t, without getting sunburned. In addition, German scientists found that cacao may protect against harmful UV rays that cause cancer. 

Cocao is also known to fight tooth decay. Recent studies from Tulane University discovered that an extract of cocoa powder was even more effective than fluoride in preventing cavities. This crystalline extract similar to caffeine helps harden teeth enamel.

Cocao’s high sulfur content also makes your hair shiny, gives you stronger nails, and detoxifies the liver and pancreas.

Add raw cocao to your coffee, oatmeal, smoothies, and brownies, and you’ll begin to glow! 


  • 1 cup cocao powder
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  •  1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  •  ¼ cup and 2 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  •  1 tsp. baking soda
  • 9 medjool dates


1.    Preheat oven to 350’F.

2.    Grease and dust flour over a 8 x 8 nonstick pan. 

3.    Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until mixture is gooey and thick. 

4. You can add a bit more almond milk to make the batter gooier. Spread batter evenly over pan. 

5.    Bake for 20 minutes.

6.    Cut brownies into squares and dust brownies with cocao powder. 

Raw Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter

I've been coming across fudgey raw brownie recipes lately, and they've been calling my name. So I finally decided to give in and make a batch. Of course they didn't disappoint. Chocolate goodness topped off with creamy peanut butter. No added sugar, just pure all-natural raw, vegan and gluten-free ingredients.

These would be great to make for friends, or a dinner party. I know you'll want to eel them all to yourself once you make them, but spread the love, or the brownies in this case. ;) Hope you enjoy!


Makes 8 brownies 

  • 3/4 cup almond or cashew flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 cups soft dates (soak for 5-10 minutes in hot water if hard)
  • 3 Tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 Tbsp. brewed coffee
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of creamy salted peanut butter 9to spread on top)

1. Blend all ingredients except the peanut butter in a food processor until fully combined. You may need to add a bit more flour if batter is too gooey.

2. Put wax paper in a loaf pan. Spread batter evenly.

3. Spread peanut butter on top, you can add more if you'd like. Lightly sprinkle more salt on top.

4. Place in freezer for about 2 hours.

5. Cut and serve. Enjoy!