This week is all about clean, raw food. Its day 2 of our raw food cleanse and I am feeling really good. We’re not following any specific cleanse, we’re just eating heaps of fresh, seasonal raw fruits and vegetables. It feels so silly to even say we’re on a cleanse because really this is how we should eat most of the time anyways.
Nature is so abundant in incredible foods. Have you ever stopped to really look at the curves of a pear or the little brissles on a strawberry. Once you start to mindfully take notice of what you are fuelling your body with you start to discover the wonder of real food and once your body gets used to real food again and is not confused by artificial flavours and additives it will start to tell you what it really wants and what it really needs
All that being said eating clean by no means has to be boring just check out what I whipped up for everyone at home: Raw Chocolate and Cherry Brownies. My goodness these are good. My mom in law recieved a christmas gift basket the other day and there were some packaged chocolate brownies in it.
This is the ingredient list of the packaged brownies: Sugar, Bleached wheat flour (enriched with Niacin, reduced iron, thiaminemononitrate, riboflavin and folic acid) soybean oil, semisweet chocolate chunks(chocolate liquor, sugar, dextrose, soy lecitin, vanilla extract) wholeeggs, water, margarine, hydrogenated soybean oil, monoglycerides, sodium benzoate, cocoa(processed with alkali) natural and artificial flavoring, buttermilk powder, soy flour, wheat gluten, corn syrup solids, sodium alginate, salt, baking powder, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate.
Thats 24 ingredients mostly processed and artificial and heaps that belong only in a chemical lab not in our food.
Such an innocent looking brownie yet its enough to confuse the heck out your beautiful body that so badly just wants to be healthy.
Here is the ingredient list for these delicious raw brownies, its made from ingredients that will make your body high five you. They are super rich and decadent but the fresh cherries cut right through the richness.
- 3 cups of pecan nuts
- 3T linseed meal
- 6T cacao powder
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 2 cups of dates soaked for min 30 minutes and then drained
- 4T coconut oil
- 2 T maple syrup
- 1 handful of almonds roughly chopped or crushed with a pestle and mortar
- 15 fresh cherries pitted
- 4T melted coconut oil
- 2 T maple syrup
- 3T cacao powder
- In a food processor blitz the nuts until they form a fine crumble
- Add the linseeds, coconut, cacao powder, dates, coconut oil and honey and process until well combined. You may need to do this in 2 batches depending on the size of your processor.
- Divide the mixture in 2 and gently need one half of the mixture into a square baking tin lined with baking paper.
- Lay the chopped pitted cherries over the top and sprinkle the chopped almonds over.
- Then need the second batch of the mixture over the top. Cover with another sheet of baking paper and press down firmly to even it all out then place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving to "set"
- For the frosting combine the coconut oil, cacao powder and maple syrup. Whisk together until smooth then spread over the top of the brownies using a palette knife.