Raw Brownie Batter that’s egg-free, paleo, and perfect for whipping up any time a chocolate craving hits!
People ask me all the time what I do with the food I make, and does it all get eaten.
First, I can assure you that everything gets eaten (I hate to waste, even things that might be thought of as nothing more than compost). If it’s a savory dish, it was most likely brunch, lunch, or dinner for Mike and/or I, or occasionally it was something we served to guests (that is, if it’s a dish that can be made ahead of time, since for some reason I’m still not comfortable taking photos of my food in front of guests at my own dinner parties, even though I have no problem taking photos of my food at restaurants…just weird like that I guess, lol!).
I know a lot of my recipes make a relatively large amount of food, which works out well for us because we love leftovers (even after they’ve been frozen)…or maybe I should be more specific, and say that I love having a few nights off cooking and Mike doesn’t mind eating leftovers.
On the other hand, most of the sweets I make are immediately gifted to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I always taste what I make (quality control, of course ;) ), but then I immediately send it away because aside from a select few desserts, Mike really isn’t much of a sweet tooth, and although I have a huge sweet tooth, I really don’t indulge it very often (girlish figure and all that nonsense). This means that at any given time, we typically don’t have sweets just lying around the house. But that isn’t to say that I don’t get the occasional longing for a sweet treat.
On such occasions, I usually do one of two things: grab a small piece of dark chocolate, or whip up a little something to satisfy my craving. What do I whip up, you wonder? Ok, here’s where a little confession comes in…I’m a cookie dough/cake batter lover from way back. In fact, there are some cookies (ahem…chocolate chip) for which I actually prefer the dough over the cookies. So, what I typically make to satiate a craving for sweets is a two-serving portion (one for now, one for tomorrow) of some kind of raw cookie dough (all egg-free and safe to eat raw).
In addition to tasting pretty fantastic, there are a couple other things I love about my raw doughs. They’re quite a bit healthier than their bakeable counterparts, since they’re fairly high in protein and can be sweetened naturally. If you have allergy concerns, not to worry because most of the varieties I make are gluten-free and can also easily be made vegan by using your favorite kind of vegan milk. Maybe the thing I love most is that since I make them in two-serving portions, there isn’t a ton of leftovers sitting around the house to tempt me.
If you have a couple minutes to spare out of your afternoon and are looking for a little healthy chocolate indulgence, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try!
- 1½ oz (43 g) unsweetened chocolate, melted
- 4 Medjool dates, pitted (soaked in hot water and drained if not soft)
- 4 tablespoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 pinch instant espresso powder
- 2 to 4 tablespoons plain, unsweetened almond "milk" (or any kind of milk you like)
- Shredded coconut
- Chocolate chips
- Raw, unsalted nuts or seeds
- Chia seeds
- Hemp hearts
- Fresh berries
- Mash the dates into the melted chocolate, and then stir in the tahini, maple, cocoa, vanilla, salt, and espresso powder. Gradually add milk until it reaches your desired consistency (I like mine pretty thick).
- Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 2 days before serving (the batter will thicken as it chills; let it come to room temperature before serving).
Update (January 26, 2016): I made this dish again and snapped a few pictures, so I decided to update the photos in this post. As a point of comparison to show how much my photography has evolved, I kept one of my original photos (below).