You can spend hours in the gym and lose it all in the kitchen. Make good choices when you eat and your body will reap the benefits both inside and out. Muscles need fuel to grow and change, just like they need time to heal after an intense work out. Food is the tool that can create the body you want.
Most people think that you have to give up all the “good” food that you eat to be healthy. I think that you have to change the way you see “good” food to be healthy. I still eat pizza, brownies, cheesecake, and cookies. The biggest difference is the ingredients in those foods. Choose the right ingredients to nourish your body and it will respond.
I have been working on this recipe for days. It constantly changed and I finally ended up with this dessert. I love simple snacks that fill me up and tame my sweet tooth. These brownies have 5 ingredients, no nuts, no gluten, and no bake time.
1.5 c oat flour
1 c (approx 12) pitted medjool dates
1/2 c cocoa powder
1/4 c coconut oil
1/4 c coconut sugar
water as needed
Begin by making your oat flour. You can use rolled oats and process them in a food processor or blender until fine. I left my oat flour a little more coarse than usual and the result was a brownie that tasted similar to a no-bake cookie without the peanut butter. I could have achieved more of a brownie like consistency with a finer oat flour. Keep that in mind when preparing your flour and choose the consistency you want.
Set the oat flour aside and use the food processor to process the dates. The dates will come together very quickly and form a ball. Break the ball into pieces and add the oat flour, cocoa powder and coconut oil. Process until smooth.
Use a silicone mold or mini muffin tins to shape the dough. Press the dough into the baking mold and make sure it is evenly distributed. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to set. When the brownies are set, remove them from the mold and place on parchment paper.
To make the caramel you will need a small saucepan. Add 1/4 c coconut sugar to the pan and just enough water to wet the sugar. You will need 1-3 tablespoons of water. Carefully add the water, you can always add more if you need to. Cook the caramel over medium heat. Try not to stir too much, let the caramel thicken. If you need to stir, use a wire whisk and stir quickly. When the caramel coats the back of the spoon, remove from heat and drizzle over the brownies. Let the caramel set and store these in an airtight container between layers of wax paper. Store them in the fridge and let them set out for about 5 minutes before serving. This will help soften the caramel and brownies.
I have been eating these as an afternoon snack with some coffee. I also eat one or two at night if I need a sweet treat. Food should taste good, and nourish your body while satisfying your flavor desires. If you want something sweet, go make it! Find out what you like and discover new ways to make it better. Once you change the way you look at food, your palette will change as well. Sugary sweets won’t taste as good as they used to, and you won’t crave fat and carbs like you once did.
Everything in moderation, find your balance, and let food be a happy place.