Elena Sprick from Whole Foods Bee Cave shares a recipe for an easy and delicious Valentine's Day treat.
The rich, chewy brownies are loaded together with chocolate flavor and no baking is required.For a new spin, experiment with using dried apricots in place of the dates, and pecans or almonds in place of the walnuts.
The recipe is as follows:
3 cups raw walnut pieces
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup pitted dates, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes to soften
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
-In a food processor, blend walnuts and cocoa powder until nuts are finely ground.
-Drain dates and squeeze out any excess water. Add dates and vanilla to the food processor.
-Process until mixture sticks together and forms a ball.
-Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, if desired, for moister brownies.
-Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
-Press brownie mixture into the prepared dish.
-Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set and then cut into 16 squares.
-Refrigerate brownies in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.