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Double chocolate cheesecake brownies: gluten free, dairy free, sugar free

Posted Oct 01 2012 12:03pm

The idea that you could ever make a Double Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie really healthy seems almost ridiculous. It’s just not the kind of food that you’d imagine could ever nurture your body. Except yesterday I achieved the near impossible and invented the world’s healthiest version and wow was it awesome! I mean seriously out-of-this-world good. So good that I may have eaten seven in a row, but who’s counting! The beauty of them is that they don’t taste even a little bit healthy, yet they are actually so good for you, and as I demonstrated yesterday you can enjoy as many as you like without any negative effects – no bloated stomach, no heart palpitations, no blood sugar crashes, no nothing… just pure happiness after every bite!

I think it’s the combination of the brownie bottom and cheesecake top that really makes these so outstanding, as they contrast together so perfectly to make the bite. The top layer is just so insanely deliciously thick, light, soft and creamy. It’s actually kind of insane and it melts perfectly against the wonderfully firm, yet ever so slightly gooey, nutty base. It’s total heaven. I am seriously in love. Perhaps my best cake yet. Nothing so healthy should taste this good!

You really can’t feel bad about it though as you’re taking in so much goodness while indulging!

The top layer consists of about 80 percent avocado, which is just crazy. It sounds so weird but it works so unbelievably well, no one could quite believe that was what they were eating. All of the natural avocado flavor disappears under the delicious combination of raw chocolatey cacao, cinnamon, coconut oil and dates, and just the awesome creamy texture remains. Everyone knows avocados are a super food too, so now you can gobble up all its goodness in a whole new way!

The base is simply a nuttier version of my favorite raw brownies, which are made from just almonds, pecans, dates, cacao and a little agave. So it is bursting with great protein and fibre.

If you needed one more reason to make these then you’ll love this. Not only are they super easy to make but there’s no washing up! All you need is a food processor and that can go straight in the dishwasher. So it’s totally fuss free.

On a totally different note I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who voted for me on the Cosmopolitan blog awards, I really really appreciate you taking the time to do it. It means so much. You are all awesome! The results are this thursday and I’ll of course keep you posted.

Makes 20 squares

For the brownie layer:

- 1 and a 1/2 cups of pecans

- 1 and a 1/2 cups of medjool dates

- 1/2 a cup of almonds

- 2 tablespoons of agave

- 2 tablespoons of raw cacao

For the cheesecake layer:

- 5 avocados

- 4 dessert spoons of raw agave syrup

- 8 medjool dates

- 2 and a 1/2 heaped dessert spoons of raw cacao powder

- 1 dessert spoon of coconut oil

- 1 dessert spoon of water

- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Start with the brownie layer. Remove the stones from the dates, then place all of the ingredients into a food processor. Blend for 2-3 minutes until the mixture becomes nice and sticky, you still want some little nutty pieces in there though as this creates a deliciously crunchy texture.

Place the brownie mix into a deep baking tray, using a spatula to press it down firmly. Leave this to one side.

To make the cheesecake layer, simply place all the ingredients needed into the food processor (having removed the date stones) and blend until a really creamy, chocolatey custard-like deliciousness forms! This should take 5-6 minutes depending on the strength of your processor.

Pour this mixture over the brownie base before sprinkling a few pecan pieces on the top and placing the whole thing in the freezer. Freeze for an hour and a half . At this point it will be set enough to be eaten, but I’d really recommend moving it into the fridge after this time and letting it fully set there for a few hours, over night is best.

Then slice, serve and enjoy. Everyone will adore this. Between five of us we somehow managed to finish all twenty squares in twelve hours. I think that says enough about how delicious they are! I had some very happy flat mates.

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