REAL, FRUGAL, HEALTHY, and FUN!!!
I know, I know, it seems like I’m always cooking and baking. I kind of am. For the most part, I buy raw ingredients. Convenience foods typically cost more, and I can only stand reading ingredient labels for so long before I give up on it and commit to make everything myself. They put too much weird, unnecessary, and often times, harmful stuff in food. I would like to emphasize the word unnecessary. I can’t figure out why they do it. If food is fuel for our bodies, and I can make it taste good using real ingredients, why can’t they?! I’m just one person, they’re entire, huge companies. It baffles me.
I decided to make a treat, and chocolate is the key to my husband’s heart. Honestly, that’s why I do so many chocolaty treats. His face kind of lights up when you offer him a chocolaty treat, and I just love seeing that so much! So, I made him these brownies. Any of you brownie lovers know that brownies can be fudgy, gooey, or cake-like. These brownies are cake-like. I do have a recipe for gooey brownies for those of you who prefer that type of brownie. I like to mix it up.
2 cups cashews
8 oz chopped dates
2 cups of water
3 Tbsp cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Directions: Place cashews, dates and water in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-4 hours. After 4 hours, preheat oven to 350′ and grease a 9″x13″ pan. Pour cashews, dates, and the water into you high-speed blender. Add eggs, cocoa, and baking soda. Turn your blender on and puree until completely smooth. It takes a few minutes to get the dates and cashews completely smooth. Once it’s smooth, pour batter into pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the batter and swirl them into the batter a bit with a spoon. If you prefer, you can pour the batter into a mixing bowl to add the chocolate chips, but getting a mixing bowl dirty just to stir in chocolate chips seemed wasteful to me when I could just swirl them in in the pan. It’s up to you how you want to do it. Either way, once your batter is in the pan with the chocolate chips mixed in, you can bake it for 35 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.