Fudgy No-Bake Brownies

*Two of the Daily Dozen ✔︎ (Other Fruits and Nuts and Seeds)

Having women over in the mid-afternoon, what snack or treat to serve. Of course, it depends on why we are getting together. For current events, wine might be a good choice. This week, I was having a small knitting group over to share and work out pattern issues, so forget the wine.

The thought of serving something full of sugar or fat did not appeal to me. With hours to spare, my solution was a five ingredient recipe that was 100% whole food and healthy. No fat, sugar, or salt. Fat in nuts and sugar content in dates don’t count. They come along with other ingredients that together make them healthy. Dates are touted as the “richest source of dietary minerals.” Like other dried fruit, they are calorie dense.

How did the Fudgy No-Bake Brownies taste to my knitting sisters? Susan D. said it tasted great and then reached for a second piece. Beth declared, “It’s like heaven. I could eat every piece left on the plate.” Finally, Barbara A., a self-declared sweet toother, said it was so sweet that eating one piece more than satisfied her urge for a sweet treat. Then two  took home a piece for hubby.

Ingredients:

1 cup walnuts

1 1/3cups pitted dates

1/2 cup almond butter

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup crushed pecans

Directions:

Grind walnuts and dates in a food processor until finely ground. Add almond butter and process until well mixed. Add cocoa powder and pulse to mix well.

Transfer the brownie mixture to an 8 inch square baking pan. Line pan with parchment paper to make it easier to remove brownies from pan. Use your fingers to press the mixture evenly into the pan. With brownies firmly pressed into the pan, sprinkle the top evenly with crushed pecans. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting into squares or triangles, or small clouds. ⛅️

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