Ryke and Daisy's Healthy Brownie Bars
Author: FMA
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw nuts, roughly chopped (such as ½ cup almonds, ½ cup pecans)
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 cups pitted dates, soaked for 10 minutes in warm water, then drained
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup natural salted peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • ¼ cup honey (agave nectar, maple syrup)
  1. Optional step: Toast your oats and nut mixture in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until slightly golden brown. You can leave them raw, however they won't be as rich in flavor.
  2. Process walnuts in a food processor until a loose meal (almost like a powder) is reached. Remove from bowl and set aside.
  3. Add dates and process until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency. (Mine rolled into a ball.)
  4. Add walnut meal and cocoa or cacao powder back in with the dates and process to combine.
  5. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the (toasted) oats and nuts and stir to combine. You may have to use your hands to really incorporate the mixture well.
  6. Next, warm honey and peanut butter in a small skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until combined and pourable. Pour over brownie mixture and then thoroughly using a wooden spoon. (fI found that a spoon just didn't do the job. I placed a plastic bag over my hand, and mixed with my hand. I found it did the job much better.)
  7. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to a 9×13 dish (or similar size pan) lined with wax paper, plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily.
  8. If using a 9×13, **ONLY USE ¾** of the pan so they have the proper thickness. (You want them thick like brownies.) Otherwise, they’ll be too thin. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap and press down firmly to even out the top. Freeze for 15-20 minutes to harden.
  9. Lift bars from pan and chop into 12 even bars (or more if you prefer). Store in an airtight container in the freezer or fridge to keep them extra fresh. They will get a little sticky when left out at room temp.
Calories: 352 Fat: 20 Sugar: 25g Fiber: 7.4 Protein: 8.2
Recipe adapted from the Minimalist Baker, Healthy Granola Brownie Bars - http://minimalistbaker.com/healthy-brownie-granola-bars/
Recipe by Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews at https://feedingmyaddictionbookreviews.com/2015/11/19/exclusive-cooking-class-ryke-daisy-long-way-down/