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No Bake Healthy Brownies

Posted Feb 08 2013 7:21pm

Since becoming a (mostly) stay-at-home-mom, I’ve stopped looking forward to Fridays.  I’m exhausted from the week, my daughter demands more attention than usual, and the afternoon drags by.

The 3pm slump is typically when I start digging around for a little energy boosting snack.  Of course, the day I really need that dark chocolate boost, we’re completely out.

It was time to get resourceful and create something with cocoa.  :)

This week’s bulk bin raisins were especially sticky, so I decided to throw them into the food processor with a few goji berries, cashews and cocoa powder.  The result?

So, so good.  And just in time for Valentine’s Day!


No Bake Healthy Brownies


  • 1 c. raisins
  • 1/4 c. dried gogi berries (or other dried fruit)
  • 1 c. cashews
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder (or more to taste)


  1. Blend together in a food processor, and then press into a small storage container (approx 4x4). Refrigerate and cut into bite-sized squares. Serving size: 3 squares. Serves 3-4 adults.
  2. These could easily be doubled to fit an 8x4 bread pan or multiplied by 3-4 to fit an 8x8 pan.
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A note about the ingredients…

Goji berries are considered a superfood, packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein.  They are considered a complete source of protein and are a rich source of antioxidants (help to prevent cancer and heart disease). A single goji berry can contain up to 21 trace minerals, including zinc, iron, copper, calcium and 18 different amino acids.

Raw cashews are rich in copper (hair and skin health) and magnesium (bone health).  They are rich in oleic acid, the heart-healthy monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil.  Cashews are also high in antioxidants and flavanols, helping to eliminate free radicals (cancer preventing).

Cacao powder is the least processed cocoa powder available, and a great source of nutrients from the cacao plant.  It’s packed with antioxidants, magnesium and iron.  In fact, it has four times the antioxidants of green tea.

Goji berries and cashews are significantly more expensive than raisins and peanuts, but they are nutritional superstars and worth the splurge, at least occasionally.  I typically stick with cocoa powder and look for the natural varieties (not processed with alkali) but cacao powder is worth checking out if you’ve never tried it.

Have a great weekend!


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