Hemp seeds are the new sustainable and healthy superfood of 2020, and there is no better way to use the creamy texture and mild flavour than in these raw chocolate brownies! Yep, healthy chocolate brownies YEW!
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270 g (9. oz/1½ cups) medjool dates, pitted
90 ml (3 fl oz) spiced rum
80 g (2½ oz/⅓ cup) hemp seeds
100 g (3½ oz/1 cup) almond meal
50 g (1¾ oz/¼ cup) 100% raw cacao powder
1vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp chopped macadamias
2 tbsp cocoa nibs
125 ml (4 fl oz/½ cup) coconut oil
½ tsp finely chopped lavender leaves
50 g(1¾ oz/¼ cup) 100% raw cacao powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp bee pollen (optional)
5 lavender flowers or rose petals (optional)
Line a 20 cm (8 inch) square cake tin with baking paper. Soak the dates in the spiced rum for at least 10 minutes, then place into a food processor with the hemp seeds and process until puréed and combined.
Add the almond meal, cacao, vanilla seeds and lemon zest. Process until combined and sticky. Transfer to a bowl and fold through the macadamias and cocoa nibs. Spoon into the prepared tin and smooth the surface. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until firm, or place into the freezer for 15 minutes if you’re short on time.
To make the topping, gently heat the coconut oil with the lavender in a saucepan, then remove from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes to infuse. Sift in cacao powder then add the maple syrup and mix until combined and smooth.
Pour the topping onto the brownie slab and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Cut into squares to serve. Garnish with a sprinkle of bee pollen and some fresh lavender flowers or rose petals, if using.