It’s great when a recipe comes together by chance! I was supposed to make some homemade Nutella but I added the cacao powder too early, meaning it wouldn’t turn into a chocolatey spread! However I used my imagination, added a few more ingredients and a delicious brownie was born. The pictures don’t do this recipe justice, they are lovely and gooey with a subtle hint of roasted hazelnuts. This is a clean treat that tastes really indulgent but you won’t have to feel guilty about this one. I also added protein, making the brownies a good pre/post workout treat.
- 1 cup hazelnuts, roasted
- 3 Tbsp raw cacao
- 1/3 cup dates
- 1/3 gluten free oats
- 1 scoop vanilla protein (If you are using plain protein, add some vanilla pod/extract)
- 1/2 cup water
1. After roasting the hazelnuts, transfer them to a clean tea towel, and wrap the top tightly over the nuts. Roll around on your counter and the friction with remove the skin from the nuts.
2. Add the hazelnuts, cacao and half the dates to the bowl of your food processor. (Add the water a little at a time as you may not need it all) Let the mix run for about 5-10 minutes until the oils are released from the hazelnuts. Add the remaining dates, oats and protein and mix for another 3-4 minutes. Press the mix, and if it sticks together its ready.
3. Roll out some parchment paper in a rectangular oven dish. Scoop out the mixture, and spread it out pressing down at all times with a spatula. Smooth it out and decorate with some extra hazelnuts. Place in the freezer to set.