Unusual recipe: brownies with beans and Brazil nuts are not baked, so they are also suitable for those who are into a raw food diet. I used walnuts and Brazil nuts in the recipe. The walnuts are extraordinarily rich in plant omega-3s fatty acids, and the Brazil nuts are rich in selenium.
Selenium is needed to support the immune system. It is also important for metabolism, and cardiovascular health, and helps with beautiful skin, hair, and nails. The beans in the recipe are a source of isoflavones (a type of phytoestrogens that are especially important during menopause, premenopause, and other estrogen problems). Legume seeds (lentils, beans, peas) are the richest sources of isoflavones, including genistein and daidzein.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 4 handfuls of pitted dates
- 1 cup boiled black beans (you can take canned, drain the water)
- 1/2 cup raw cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons walnuts
- 8 Brazil nuts
- Salt on the tip of a knife
- Some water
- For decoration (optional): 1/4 cup goji berries and/or 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- Mix all the ingredients for the “dough” except the nuts in a food processor, adding water as needed.
- In the end, add chopped nuts and mix – with a spoon or in a food processor (the nuts should not be completely crushed into flour).
- Take a baking dish and lay out the “dough”, pressing it with a spoon. The thickness depends on the size of your dishes, ideally 1-2 inches.
- In a blender, mix the goji berries with the coconut flakes until the berries are completely crushed.
- Sprinkle the mixture over the brownies and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, brownies can be cut into squares 2×2 inches and wrapped in plastic, and frozen.
- Defrost time – 1 hour at room temperature.