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No bake gluten and dairy free chocolate, banana and macadamia brownie

No Bake chocolate brownie

Makes approximately 15-20 squares as you only will need a small square … they are quite rich

Since Christmas I have put myself on a bit of a health kick or a lifestyle change as I would more like to put it. I have decided that for as long as I can go I am off all flour, gluten and white carbs and also eliminating sugar from my diet. Now I do have a bit of a sweet tooth so to curb my cravings I did some research on some little sweeties or wholesome healthy sweet bites that would do the trick and satisfy when I need a bit of a sweet hit. This is my recipe for almost raw food chocolate brownie.

130g fresh dates, pitted
2 lady finger bananas or 1 ripe Cavendish banana
¼ cup cocoa nibs ( optional) these are available from health food shops and give a great chunch to the brownie
4 tblsp of raw cocoa powder ( unsweetened) you can just use normal cocoa powder
¼ cup coconut flour ( available in health food shops)
½ cup ground almonds ( almond meal)
1 cup raisins
½ cup raw macadamia nuts, chopped
1/3 cup shredded coconut, toasted

In a food processor combine all the ingredients except the macadamia nuts and the shredded coconut until smooth. Fold through the macadamia nuts and press the mixture into a tray lined with baking paper to a thickness of about 1 ½ cm. Sprinkle over the toasted coconut and press lightly onto the mixture. Refrigerate  for a few hours until firm, cut into squares and store in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also roll the mixture into balls and then into the coconut.