NO BAKE FIBRE-FILLED BROWNIE BARS

Ingredients (Makes ~ 8 bars)

  • 3/4 cup raw almonds/ cashews/ peanuts (or can use a mixture)
  • 1/4 cup (unsweetened) desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup prunes
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp. agave syrup

Directions

In a food processor/ blender, add the nuts and pulse until finely ground. Add the rest of the ingredients into the processor, and blend until well combined and a “dough”-like mixture has formed. Line a small loaf tin with baking paper. Press the mixture firmly down. Place in the fridge for several hours before removing from the tin and cutting into squares or bars. Store in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy! 🙂

These No Bake Fibre-Filled Brownie Bars are the perfect snack when you’re craving something sweet but want to stick to your healthy eating habits. Decadent, filling and delicious, you wouldn’t believe that they’re also super-healthy, good for you, all-natural and even adored by kids too! Being free from gluten, grains, dairy, eggs and refined sugar, this really is the perfect healthy snack for both adults and kids alike – as well as anyone looking to cut down (or cut out!) highly processed and sugary snacks.

Healthy and easy to make, this delicious snack is a nourishing, wholesome, guilt-free treat that tastes like a rich, decadent chocolate brownie but nutritionally, is quite the opposite. Packed full of superfoods and rich in amazing nutrients, fibre, protein, heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats and anti-oxidants, these brownies ooze sweetness from all-natural, unrefined sources that won’t cause your blood sugar levels to soar.

They are, therefore, the perfectly compact and healthy mid-afternoon (or anytime!) snack that will satisfy your sweet-tooth whilst leaving you feeling full and satisfied – without the infamous mid-afternoon crash or surging sugar cravings that normally follow a sugar-filled chocolate bar, biscuit or brownie! They also make an ideal pre or post-workout snack and can be stored in the fridge or freezer – ready to grab on-the-go whenever you need some healthy fuel. Just one of these (if you can limit yourself!) will keep you full and satisfied, without the sugar-filled empty calories that do the opposite! I love to keep a batch in a Ziplock-bag in my freezer so I can grab a bar (or two!) whenever I’m rushing out in the afternoon or in need of a late-night sweet treat.

The use of prunes as the dried fruit “base” in place of additional dates (or honey, maple syrup or sugar) means these brownies have a lower glycaemic index (GI) than other raw brownie recipes, and significantly lower than your typical refined sugar and flour laden brownie (with no compromise on taste!). They are definitely the perfect “weight-loss” friendly substitution for any unhealthy indulgence and the addition of nuts (a good source of fibre, protein and healthy fats) decreases the potential insulin spike from the natural sugars even further – keeping hunger pangs and sugar cravings at bay!

Apart from being “guilt-free”, these little brownie bars are also loaded with good nutrition, fibre, antioxidants and a ton of health benefits.