Updated: Apr 29, 2019
If you're anything like me then you love a good dessert. In fact, if you know anything about me, then you know I'm always down for a sugary treat! I seriously loveeee sugar, which means I love dessert...and if you told me I could eat dessert that tastes good and isn't bad for me, I very well might jump up and down like a little kid from pure joy.
Okay. Okay. You may be wondering, can a healthy dessert actually taste good? Believe me, it can! I've been diligently refining my baking skills for you guys to make this dream a reality.
Not only do I love to bake and cook, my last name is BAKER...so this has sort of been a lifelong journey which has led me to the here and now. And it's the beginning of something amazing!
In high school, I would bake birthday cakes for all my friends and bring them to school. I even did it in college. Now here I am, a bit older and wiser, working on recipes that don't require you to go up in jean size!!! Amen.
Get ready for Baking with Baker. An online cooking show? It's in the works. A recipe book? You betcha! But before I share all my exciting plans for the future, I want to share a brand new recipe that I created the other day. It was inspired by a recipe in the Eat Clean Play Dirty cookbook by Danielle Duboise + Whitney Tingle.
My husband, who doesn't usually like 'healthy' alternatives, couldn't stop eating these decedent treats. Please let me know what you think!!! I can't wait to share more of my kitchen creations. It's going to be a journey for all of us. I can't wait to have you along for the ride. Stay tuned and stay hungry for HEALTHY recipes that are as nutritious as they are satisfying.
I now introduce you to.....
OOEY GOOEY BROWNIE BITES
Makes 12-14 Brownies
1 cup Pitted Dates
1/2 cup Almond Flour
6 tbsp Cacao Powder (I use SunPotion's Anandamide)
2 tbsp Hemp Seeds
2 Scoops Vital Protein Collegen Peptides
1 tsp Himalayan Salt
7 tbsp Coconut Shreds
1/2 cup mixture of almonds, walnuts, cashews or choose your favorite nut and use that!
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
handful of sunflower seeds
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup 1oo% pure maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp maca powder
handful of keto chocolate chips (I use Lily's Dark Chocolate)
For the Top Layer:
1 Packet Spirit Dust (Absolutely NOT necessary but it has added benefits and I have these so i figured this would be a great way to add an extra mood boosting enhancement)
1 tbsp maca powder
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup cacao powder (same powder as above)
Drizzle Swerve Confectioners Sugar to finish
In a medium sized bowl, soak dates in boiling hot water for at least 20 minutes till they're nice and soft. Use any kind of baking pan that's apron. 9x13 or along those lines. Use what you have!
In another bowl, mix together almond flour, cacao powder, hemp seeds and salt and Vital Proteins collagen powder. Set aside.
In a hi-speed blender or food processor, add rolled oats, nut mix and shredded coconut till the mixture forms a combined powder and the nuts are broken down. Pour this mixture into your flour mixture from before. Mix together till combined. Grab a handful of Lily's Chocolate Chips and add them to the mixture.
Time to drain your dates! Drain dates in the sink and put them in a blender with the maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Blend until combined. Pour date mix into the dry ingredient mixture and stir until the batter is combined fully.
Place mixture into pan and press ingredients down with a wooden spoon so that it covers the plan fully. Try to make it level and even.
Once the brownie mix is in the pan, its time to add the yummy top layer!! In a small bowl, combine spirit dust, maca powder, cacao powder, almond milk and maple syrup. Stir ingredients together until they form a creamy chocolate-y substance. Drizzle on top of brownies and spread mixture out into an even layer.
Put brownies in the refrigerator and allow them to chill for at least 3 hours. Once they're ready to eat, sprinkle the Swerve Confectioners Sugar on top to add a pretty and tasty addition to your Ooey Gooey Brownie Bites.
Eat and Enjoy!
These brownies are packed with nutrition, protein and superfoods. They're nutritious enough for breakfast but decadent enough for dessert! It's a win-win (at least in my book). I'm a fan and I hope you will be too!
Till Next Time,
Your Friendly Baker :)