I've been meaning to make these for ages but couldn't find the raw cacao powder anywhere - I know I can get it online and at some health food shops, but I just never seemed to get round to getting my hands on some. Anyway, that all changed when I saw it in Tesco. I snapped up a jar, quite pricey, but totally worth it, and then got the other ingredients together - pecan nuts and dates.
The magic of cacao powder is that it's made by cold processing raw cocoa beans, which keeps the living enzymes in, but not the fat. Meaning that it helps do loads of wonderful stuff like reduce blood pressure, protect the nervous system and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
It can even help to slow down the aging process, which I think is pretty impressive for something that tastes divine. Needless to say I will be drinking a lot of hot chocolate made with this stuff from now on and eating these brownies, which were ridiculously easy to make. You basically just chuck everything in the food processor and that's it!
I worked off this recipe from Deliciously Ella.
I'm a little bit in love with this site to be honest, I've tried out three of the recipes from there so far and they've all been lovely. (Even the courgette pasta which I was totally sure would taste terrible.)
Next time I make them I'm going to increase the maple syrup, use less dates and maybe add a little coconut oil.
Ella doesn't really give measurements - just to use the same cup size, and I think my levels on my first attempt might have been a little out. However, the batch didn't last long. Gone in two days. It's quite addictive stuff, every time I opened the fridge I seemed to be eating some so next time I need to store it right at the back of the top shelf, just so they last a little longer.