Do you remember “helping” mommy make peanut butter cookies as a child? Such a special occasion! Mommy has taken time away from her busy day to whip-up some cookies just for you (and you feel so loved). You watch mommy mix together all the ingredients, one by one, and then she uses the high speed electric mixer to blend it all together. You wait patiently, looking for bits to fly from the mixer so you can “help” clean up (with your tongue). After the batter is smooth and creamy, you get to help roll each cookie into a tiny ball. Each ball then gets rolled into suger before being pressed down onto the cookie sheet.
I didn’t know I stored this memory. I have never made these cookies in my adult life.
Like myself, you might think that you don’t remember much from childhood, but its amazing how memories can be recalled from such simple triggers. As I was blending the nuts in this recipe with my hand mixer, creating something not unlike peanut butter, the delicious smell took me back to the kitchen in my childhood home. Then as I formed the tiny date and nut energy bombs by hand, in the same way I did with my momma years before, I thought, “this is the most sentimental raw food has ever made me.”
I also thought, “I wish I was a child still…so I didn’t have to go to work in the morning.”
But then hubby came to the kitchen and gave me a big bear hug and playful booty-smack before eating an unfinished raw brownie. Meeting this guy has definitely been a perk of (my) adulthood.
I guess I’m happy right where I am.
Sentimental raw blondie and brownie bites
1 cup of mixed raw nuts or seeds (Almonds, flax, hazelnuts, sunflower, pumpkin, etc)
1 cup raw dates, pitted
1 Tbsp carob powder or raw cocoa powder
1 Tbsp water (if needed)
1 Tbsp maple syrup (as needed…to taste)
coconut and sesame seeds for rolling
After you have measured up all your nuts, blend them to a fine powder in a food processer or handmixer. Beware! Nuts can be the cause of death for even powerful blenders. I find that it helps to mix by hand the powder with remaining whole nuts to aid the blending process.
After they are blended to a fine powder, place the nuts in a bowl for later. Next blend the dates to a puree in the same food processer (no need to clean it!). You can add a bit of water as necessary…and don’t over stress your poor machine. The object is to keep you both happy at the end of this recipe.
After they are both blended, mix together in a bowl. You should end up with a nice paste that easily sticks together.
These are the blondies. To distinguish from the brownies, I rolled half of the “batter” into balls, and coated with sesame seeds.
With the remaining batter, mix in the carob powder, then roll into balls. You can coat the brownies with anything you like, I used coconut and some sesame seeds.
Easy as that!
Not only are these delicious, guilt-free versions of favorite desserts, they are easy to make and can be stored for weeks. They are packed with energy and can easily be loaded up and taken anywhere your health-conscious soul desires.