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! 


Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions: 

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. 




Chocolate Overnight Oats With Peanut Butter Crunch Nice-Cream

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Being a foodie and following a plethora of health and food related Instagram accounts, always gets my creative juices flowing. When I first began my journey into eating a plant-based vegan diet, I realized there are so many recipes to create out there! I even realized how much more I enjoyed the taste of veggies compared to meat. Everyone is different, this is just my own personal preference at this point in my life.

By following all these foodie accounts I not only became inspired to try new ways of cooking, but I also re-discovered my love for cooking! It also pushed me to mix up my daily menu. You know when you get in the rhythm of cooking the same 3-4 staple meals almost every week for a while, and then you feel as if there are no other simple recipes on the planet to make? An then become overwhelmed with cooking all together? Yeah…it happens to the best of us. The best thing I can recommend in times like this, is to look online and see was inspiration is out there!. It doesn’t have to be a grand meal, it can be a simple 4 ingredient meal. You can even type in to your search engine what ingredients you have in your kitchen to see what you can make out of them. Or just type in something that you are craving.

I’ve following other accounts for a while now, posting decadent vegan desserts and breakfast jars, and my mouth has been watering and waiting to create a recipe similar!  So I grabbed inspiration from a few pictures and recipes I saw, and tada! A masterpiece was born! I have to warn you, once you make these layered jars once, you will never go back! That’s the thing I love MOST about cooking with whole foods, you don’t have to do much to make the food taste good, because your ingredients will shine through no matter what! (As long as you pair flavors together well, of course).

This is a great breakfast for in the summer time, or as dessert! The overnight oats are creamy, rich, and chocolaty, and the banana-nice cream mixed with peanut butter is the perfect mixture! The toppings add a crunchy chewy texture and will have you scooping around for more! Have fun, and mix up whatever flavors and toppings you have in your kitchen!

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Yields 1 Serving

Ingredients:

 Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal:

  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP cocao powder

Peanut Butter Nice-Cream:

  • 1 ½ frozen banana
  • 1 ½ TBSP unsalted peanut butter
  • 3 TBSP unsweetened almond milk

Chocolate sauce:

  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 TBSP cocao powder
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup

Layers and toppings:

  • Dates
  • Shredded coconut
  • Cocao nibs
  1. Make chocolate oatmeal night before. Mix together ingredients and store in fridge overnight.
  2. Add layer of shredded coconut on top of oatmeal.
  3. Blend together peanut butter nice-cream ingredients. Add on top.
  4. Mix together chocolate sauce ingredients. Pour on top.
  5. Sprinkle on top cocao nibs and sliced dates. Enjoy this gooey heavenly jar!