Raw Pumpkin BrownieSep 19, 2020
This is a wonderful treat to have for Thanksgiving or anytime in the fall for that matter!
Years ago, I had to make the decision to stop eating so much refined sugar and I delved into raw treats and love them.
When I used to eat homemade cookies, crumbles, pies, cakes and muffins (yes I like to bake), I could never eat just one, or two, or three, you get the idea. Because I never felt satisfied and my brain lit up like a Christmas tree wanting more and more and more, until sometimes I had polished off the lot! Yikes.
As much as I’d like to be an “all or nothing” person and never touch anything with sugar again (because when I did do it, I felt incredible), I could not 100% sustain that adventure. So, I’ve found & created some delicious recipes that satisfy my sweet tooth while at the same time are nutrient dense so I can’t eat more than 2 or 3 because I was satisfied. (This all has to do with blood sugar levels which I knew nothing about at the beginning of my adventure).
I have many more treats to share and tips in my book Cookie Dough in the Dark, that you can pick up here
Raw Pumpkin Brownies
For the brownies:
1 cup almonds
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup pecans
1 cup pitted packed Medjool dates, soften in hot water if needed (discard water)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cacao powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon water or the date water
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1. Grind the almonds and coconut in a food processor into crumbs.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and process until they’re all ground down and the mixture forms a dough.
3. Press into an 8×8″ pan. Set aside. Can line with parchment paper if you’d like.
For the pumpkin frosting:
1 ½ cups canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling, just pumpkin)
½ cup dates, soaked in ½ cup warm water for 30-60 minutes
¼ cup soak water
2 ¼ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice or 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp nutmeg, ½ tsp cloves, ¼ tsp allspice
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup melted coconut oil
1. Blend all but the coconut oil until completely smooth in a high speed blender.
2. Add the oil and blend again. Spread over the brownies. Chill in the fridge for 6-8 hours.
For the cinnamon chocolate icing:
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 ½ tablespoons raw cashew butter or almond butter
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cacao powder
½ to 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small jar or a food processor.
2. Drizzle over the chilled brownies. Or spread a thin layer over brownies
Keep refrigerated until ready to eat. Freezes well.
Looking for what to do with the rest of the pumpkin in the can?
Check out this latte recipe that will leave you feeling oh so cozy warm without the sugar spike and amazing looking skin to boot!!
It’s another small shift I have made when it comes to this time of year that benefits my skin, hair, nails and joints.
Yes, I want to crush my cravings >> get your guide here
I’m a wife and mum, personal trainer, fitness/pilates instructor, Behaviour Change Specialist, Nutrition Coach, Pain-Free Movement Specialist, author of Cookie Dough in the Dark, creator of Vibrant Living Membership - your ONE STOP shop for movement + nutrition + mindset..... among many other things!! I’ve had many issues dealing with the scale going up and down, a muffin top that wouldn’t disappear, emotional eating binges that did not involve carrots and struggling with insecurity! Through all of this I just wanted to feel normal. I wanted to be happy like everyone else!
In my teens and 20’s I wanted the quick fixes, the magic pills, the fairy dust – whatever I could get my hands on to make me a lean, happy and sexy machine. Yup, found out it doesn’t exist. I wanted to cry!! I was so frustrated. I felt like I was going around and around until I was completely exhausted and back at the starting point. And when I talk with other women they feel that way too. So, I delved further into holistic health – the emotional, mental and physical – wrote a book, and have been in this field for many years helping 1000’s of women.
I discovered that by being smarter, not working harder, I could get the results I wanted and also for my clients. It started with some really small shifts that I will share with you over time. With this new knowledge, I felt ALIVE, VIBRANT and COMFORTABLE in my own skin. And my clients felt this way too!
My mission is to continue to help women step into the body they WANT. To feel confident & sexy, in control of their food choices and have their clothes fit just as they should while having the energy to live a VIBRANT life.
Ready to elevate your health? As a certified Behaviour Change & Nutrition Coach, I'd be happy to chat with you. Contact me at [email protected].
I look forward to seeing you inside the 5 day stronger to the core challenge
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