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4/06/2014

Raw No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

Its Sunday Funday yall and it looks like today's hike and bike excursion has been cancelled due to rain. I'm a bit bummed, but no one wants to ride in pouring rain when they were expecting a beautiful sunshiny Sunday. I do love a good rain day to sit by the porch, sip coffee, chat with friends, and plan a few meals for my week. Here's a few things I threw together yesterday.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Squares--yeah, I know rite??!!!
Peanut Butter Protein Bars, click here for the recipe
Harvest Tuna Salad and Lettuce Wraps -- recipe below
Cranberry Cinnamon Overnite Oats, click here for the recipe




These are so easy to make and so delicious I don't know why I didn't make these sooner. Fudge Brownies are the one cheat meal I literally dream of eating--yes, I have dreams of devouring plates of brownies while I'm sleeping to curb my urge for chocolate. So, for my cravings, I decided to whip up a batch of Raw, No Bake Brownies and yes, from here on, I'll be dreaming of eating these :). Check it out.

Here's what you'll need: 

1 1/3 Cup Almonds (or walnuts, or any other nut really)
1 Cup Dates
3 Tablespoons Cocoa (you must use Cocoa! Do not use bakers chocolate. It has added sugars.)
2 Tablespoons Powdered Peanut Butter (You can also use regular peanut butter, but beware--it has a lot of added sugars and fat and it will soften the mixture)
1 Tablespoon of Honey or Coconut Oil for sweetner if needed

Here's what you do: 

Soak the almonds and dates in warm water for 30 to 60 minutes-- just enough to cover them.
Strain the water and place all of your ingredients into a food processor. Blend away until you have a smooth, thick, dark chocolaty soft dough. If you opted for honey and regular peanut butter you may need to add more nuts to thicken up the dough a bit. I used powdered peanut butter for a lite flavor and lower fat. My mixture turned out very soft and gooey and delicious. Place the ball of chocolate between 2 sheets of wax paper and flatten out. Let it set in the freezer for 45 minutes.
Once set, the brownies should still be soft and pliable. Cut into little squares and enjoy!!!! :)

Easy rite? Let me know what you think.


I also prepped some salad for the week. You're much more likely to eat salad if its already prepped, so do this now! You'll thank yourself later :)




What I used: 
Bag of dry coleslaw mix
2 tomatoes
dried cranberries
sunflower seeds
1 bunch of green onions
2 cans of tuna
lime juice
hummus
Olive Oil

How to make it:
Chop and mix all ingredients together. I made a few lettuce wraps out of the mixture by picking big leafy green lettuce and chopping off the white ends. This will make the lettuce more pliable and less likely to rip while rolling. After wrapping a few lettuce wraps, save the rest of the mixture for later.

Enjoy!

You'll notice I don't use any 'dressing' on my salads. What is your favorite vegan, healthy salad topping?