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Real Food Brownies

Chocolate isn’t such a terrible thing. Let’s face it – MOST of the chocolate we buy for our kids is about three things: sugar, crappy oil, cheap cocoa. Unfortunately. But the good stuff has CRAZY amounts of antioxidants (a free radical killer), loads of minerals (especially magnesium) and it JUST MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY (oh, endorphins).

And that’s why you get to embrace these yummy chocolate real food brownies COMPLETELY GUILT-FREE. Because there isn’t a whole lot of badness in them anywhere.

Kids get a taste for crappy, cheap chocolate. And it’s partially our fault. We could certainly provide better options. But how? Well, I’ve got your solution. They’re moist. They’re sweet, but not TOO sweet. They’re nutritious. They’re tasty. I send these with my kids for Valentine’s Day at school. And they’re none the wiser.

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  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • 2. Throw soaked dates into the food processor with 1/3 cup soaking water and puree and until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • 3. Add chickpeas and eggs to the processor and puree until smooth. Add to the bowl of pureed dates.
  • 4. To the mixture add cocoa powder, melted honey and coconut oil, vanilla and mix really well.
  • 5. Mix in the cinnamon, baking powder and optional nuts (if using).
  • 6. Transfer to an oiled square pan (8 x 8). Lift pan up and bang a couple times on the counter to remove air bubbles.
  • 7. Place in oven and bake 45 minutes. Cool and but them into desired sized pieces. They freeze well, also.

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