NO BAKE BROWNIE HEART BITES

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So I finally remembered ahead of time to plan a recipe for that's reflective of a celebration. 

HEART HEALTH MONTH IN FEB! No, just kidding.

I'm talking about Valentine's Day. You know the one where you expect, flowers, chocolate, a gift, and a hallmark card?

No that I don't like those things but I personally find the day overrated. Living in NYC restaurants love to make overpriced pre-fix menus with meh food. Personally, me and the cookie monster like to stay home and cook something fun. It's become a tradition to make pasta and meatballs. I know, how lady and the tramp of us.

Either way, I wanted to share a healthy recipe full of love to share with whomever you love. These no-bake brownie bites are easy to whip up and won't give you that awful feeling after you've drunkenly eaten an entire box of chocolates just to see if you could. 

xx hearts, love, and chocolate! 

Serves: 6 brownies (these are on the large size, servings will increase if cutting into squares)

Ingredients:

  • 12 pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup raw peanuts
  • 1/3 raw cashews
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cacao powder

Topping:

  • Sesame seeds coconut crunch (OR coconut flakes, 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of white and black sesame seeds- mix well over hot pan until flakes are lightly toasted) 
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Directions:

  1.  Blend all the brownies ingredients in a food processor until the mixture combines and wraps around the blade.
  2. Press the brownie mix into a square 8x8 pan and place into the fridge.
  3. While the brownies set, mix the frosting ingredients in the food processor until smooth.
  4. If making heart shapes, remove the brownies from the fridge and use a heart shape cookie cutter to shape the bites.
  5. Using an offset spatula and spread the frosting on top of the bites.
  6. Top with the coconut sesame crunch.
  7. Enjoy! 
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