An unexpected package came the other week from Navitas Naturals….in it was the simply stunning cookbook Superfood Kitchen: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods, by Julie Morris, that came out this winter. Tucked in with it was a package of Sweetened Cacao Nibs, a boozy tasting chocolate treat. I happen to have a huge love affair going on with their products, of which if you have a local Whole Foods, you can find a vast assortment of their products. Julie’s book uses a wide range of the ‘super foods’ that Navitas carries, although there are of course other sources (I happen to like Navitas due to the freshness and quality). While the book is a traditional cookbook, I found quite a few recipes I could use for dayhikes and backpacking trips. Bars, breakfast ideas, lunches, desserts.
I snuck away and sank into the book, my mind dreaming of trying the recipes, inspired by the lush photography. The book is simply gorgeous. Plant-based diet, superfood heaven. Julie walks one through what a ‘super-food’ is, how to use them and why you should even care about them. And I love desserts, especially raw and mostly raw ones. Recipes like these double chocolate raw brownies carry well as trail treats. And even if they happened to fall apart, well, no loss. Sprinkle any crumbs over morning oats, add to trail mix, etc.
No-Bake Brownies (adapted from page 187)
- 1 cup raw walnut pieces
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted and packed
- ½ cup Raw Cacao Powder or cocoa powder
- Pinch sea salt
- ¼ to ½ cup Cacao Nibs Sweetened or small chocolate chips
Line a 8×8″ pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper.
Place walnuts in a food processor and grind to form a course flour. With the machine running, add pitted dates, cacao powder and salt, processing until a moist, crumb-like dough has formed. If your dates were on the drier side, you may need to add a little water. Start with a teaspoon and process in, so that the crumbs of the dough stick together when pinched.
Spread crumbs in prepared pan, pack down firmly to compact. Sprinkle with cacao nibs, press down. Decorate with walnut halves, if desired.
Chill, then remove from pan by pulling up wrap, and cut into squares. Store in refrigerator, in an airtight container. To carry on hikes, wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
Or, make balls of the dough, then roll in the nibs for energy bites.
A certain small toddler helping himself…..
FTC Disclaimer: We received a review copy and products used in this recipe.