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.