Healthy Treats: Guiltless No-Bake Brownies

These no-bake brownies are as easy as 1-2-3!  Who knew healthy treats could taste so good?! Not only can you make them in 10 minutes or less, but they are actually contain ingredients that are good for you! Walnuts: are especially high in precious omega-3 fats! Walnuts are also a rich source of monounsaturated fat, an important fat necessary in improving cardiovascular health and optimizing brain function. Cacao (nibs and powder): this familiar treat is loaded with powerful antioxidants, minerals and essential fats. In the ORAC rating (antioxidant capacity) raw cocoa powder is at the top of the antioxidant list with almost four times the amount of antioxidants as Goji Berries. Be sure to buy raw and organic cacao! Dates: When it comes to the number of minerals, vitamins, and health-promoting phytonutrients in dates, suffice it to say there are a lot of them! First and foremost, they're easily digested. They are a great source of easy to use energy, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Try using them in baking recipes instead of corn syrup or sugar. Guiltless No-Bake Brownies Ingredients: 1/4  cup raw pecans 1/4 cup raw walnuts 4 medjool dates 1 tbsp raw cacao powder 1 tbsp cacao nibs 2 tsp shredded coconut 2 tsp maple syrup or coconut nectar 1/4 tsp sea salt Preparation: Place the pecans in food processor and blend until small and crumbly. Add dates (be sure to remove the pits first) and process until the mixture sticks together and the dates are well processed. Add the rest of the goodies and process again until the mixture turns a lovely dark chocolatey brown. You can make cute little bite-sized brownie balls or you can go the traditional brownie route and dump the mixture into a small dish and press down firmly using your clean hands. Refrigerate for a couple of hours so they can firm up then it is time to enjoy! Recipe and picture from: http://www.gillianb.com/raw-brownies/  

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