So. Yesterday was Valentine’s. And while the hubs and I have a standing agreement that he will be in OODLES of trouble for buying me flowers, he managed to get me a super sweet card. And I got him a scale.
Does that make me a bad wife? We are both working hard to get healthy, and I figured that a scale would be motivating…right?
Anyways…Getting a new scale means that I’m now officially 5 pounds heavier than I was yesterday. Stupid broken scale.
Now, I understand that it all depends on the time of day, how hydrated you are, and what you’ve eaten (or not) previously. This is why I strive to only weight myself once a week, but it’s hard, y’all. I’m a scale junkie.
SO. I was feeling sorry for myself so I decided to make some brownies to make up for it. But I wanted to be healthy, so I made raw vegan brownies. Now, some of you hard-core vegans will object to my use of honey, but I never felt it was an issue during my vegan period.
If it bothers you, you can achieve the same result using agave nectar, okay? If you really want to get in-depth on the honey debate, go for it. To each his or her own, right?
What was I saying? Right. Brownies. So I got it all mixed up and then I decided to just eat the batter.
Or, at least, most of it. It was THATGOOD. Okay, fine. I ate ALL of it.
I refuse to feel guilty. Okay, maybe I feel a little guilty…I probably should have shared with Ish. When you make this, share it, okay? Oh, and make it into brownies? It would be more dignified that way.
The nice thing about these brownies is that they really aren’t that bad for you, we’re talking dates (I prefer delget noor dates if you can find them), almonds, cocoa powder or cacao, some vanilla, and honey (or agave for you die-hard vegans).
And, if you can help yourself, these made great snacks-just be sure to wrap them in parchment and store them in the fridge. I love sending these and my power balls with the boys for their lunches-they’re always a huge hit and they’re a great natural energy source.
No-guilt Raw Vegan Brownies
- 1 cup raw almonds, soaked for 1 hour
- 3/4 cup dates, pitted
- dash salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup raw agave or raw honey (use less if you want truly ‘dark chocolate’ brownies)
Put the almonds and dates into the food processor, and process until chunky, but not a paste. Add in the salt, vanilla, cocoa powder, and agave.
Blend into a batter. Pour your batter into an 8-inch by 8-inch cake pan lined with parchment paper.
Freeze them for 1 hour, slice into squares, and enjoy! Feel free to make these your own-they are awesome with added dried fruits, nuts, and even seeds.
Have you tried my raw vegan brownies yet?