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Fresh Bites: Mint Cacao Brownies
Written by Joy Houston   

mint cacoa brownie

According to Joy Houston, the chef behind the online gourmet raw cuisine class Rocking Body Raw Food, many peoples' first experiments with raw cuisine are dessert recipes. "Raw Desserts are the gateway drug to gourmet raw cuisine. Once you taste the gluten free, dairy free, naturally sweetened desserts that are possible with raw food recipes, you open your eyes to the fact that healthy eating can be unbelievably delicious. The initial attraction is taste; what keeps you coming back to learn more is the way you feel when you eat plenty of whole foods. Eat a brownie whipped up from a pre-made mix and most people will want more and more. That happens because what you are eating has had all the life processed out of it. Your body gets a tease of what it craves, but no real food. Contrast that with eating a raw cuisine brownie, which delivers whole, live foods with all their nutrients and enzymes intact. You will feel the difference. That elevated feeling is what piques curiosity and excites people to seek more raw recipes like a man with his head on fire seeks water. Life is too short not to eat this way." Obviously, these are the words of a passionate leader in the raw foods movement, so we asked her to deliver a few sweets that she thought might entice you down the road to incorporating more whole, unprocessed foods into your diet. She has shared three desserts from her Rocking Body Raw Food class.

Mint Cacao Brownies

Brownies:

  • 1 cup almonds (soaked 8 hours, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked 8 hours, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup chopped dates, pits removed
  • ¾ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 10-15 mint leaves or ¼ teaspoon organic mint extract
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

Pulse all brownie ingredients in the food processor until well combined. Process until mixture becomes a dough of uniform consistency. Transfer the mixture to an 8” by 8” square glass pan. Press the mixture into the pan to form an even surface. Top with the Cacao Pudding and refrigerate until the pudding sets to form a creamy, light frosting. Serve garnished with mint leaves. Grab one for yourself before you serve them or you may not get one!

Frosting:

A full batch of the Cacao Pudding.

Cacao Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • ½ to ¾ cup maple syrup or agave
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla pod or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of sea salt

Put all ingredients in the Vita-Mix high-speed blender and blend. Stop to scrape down sides. Blend again until warm. Serve warm. This make a great pudding parfait. Layer with slices of ripe banana and sliced almonds or your choice of fresh seasonal fruits. Variations on this recipe can be made by adding mint, or by reducing the amount of sweetener slightly and replacing it with fresh squeezed orange juice. The possibilities with this pudding base are endless. It also makes a fabulous frosting as you will see with the Mint Cacao Brownies because it firms to a totally different texture when refrigerated.

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Joy Houston -

Joy Houston is the head chef at The Delicious Revolution, a collective established to help people find the best diet for their unique physiology. The process starts with a cleanse, tracks the reintroduction of foods, and forms a Body Battle Plan, meal plans based on what fuels each individual best. Email joyhouston@gmail.com or visit www.thedeliciousrevolution.comRocking Body Raw Food web site.

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