Superfoods, raw diet, clean eating, organic, green juices. We’ve all heard about the new food movement, liked the Instagram photos, and watched the dedicated health-food stores and juice bars spring up in our neighbourhood. People are choosing to include raw and organic in their diet for a variety of reasons — in response to health issues, to limit exposure to toxic chemicals or simply to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
My introduction to green smoothies was years ago. At the first signs of a cold, I would gather a selection of green vegetables and fruit from the garden and blend them together with a dash of water. It worked a treat. I recently rediscovered green smoothies after reading The Honest Life. Just one a day boosts my energy levels and reduces my need for caffeine. Now, if I want to indulge in the occasional treat without feeling guilty, I turn to a piece of raw apple crumble cheesecake or raw cherry ripe slice (yes, there are such things, and yes, they’re delicious).
The great thing about raw eating is that you can incorporate as much or as little into your diet as you wish and still benefit. I’m a fan because of the energy this type of food provides, and the taste (it always comes down to taste). When Justin shared his recipe with me, I jumped at the opportunity to share it with you. Enjoy!
Justin’s chunky raw chocolate brownies
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup raw almonds
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
3/4 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut butter
2 cups pitted dates
1/2 cup buckwheat
1/4 cup gogi berries
Coconut oil to bind
- Place the cacao, coconut butter and dates in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Add the remaining dry ingredients and blend until you reach the desired consistency (I like it chunky).
- Add the coconut oil, blending just enough to mix through.
- Push into a lined baking tray and refrigerate until firm.