CATEGORIES: Recipes Snacks + Treats
A great sadness has hit my little home. The oven has broken.
But I have decided to look on the bright side as its actually summer time and so you don’t really need the oven on blasting out masses of heat, plus I have been meaning to try out more raw recipes anyway as they tend to be quick and simple and goodness know we all need some more of that in our cooking!
So these were born in a happy accident, a whim of an idea that happened to be a success. These Blondies (a non chocolate version of a brownie) took me about 10 minutes to make and then 45 mins to set. No faff and only 4 ingredients!
Walnuts are the prime ingredient and these often ignored nut are simply brilliant for you. Here is why:
- They are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (about 72%) like oleic acid and an excellent source of all important omega-3 essential fatty acids like linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and arachidonic acids. Regular intake of walnuts in the diet helps to lower total as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet that is rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, and omega-3 fatty acids help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile..
- They are an excellent source of vitamin E, especially rich in gamma-tocopherol; contain about 21 g per 100 g (about 140% of daily-required levels). Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
- These nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.
- They also very are rich source of minerals like manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron,magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Copper is a cofactor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as co-factors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Selenium is an important micronutrient, which functions as a co-factor for anti-oxidant enzymes such as glutathione peroxidases. source
Simple, fudgey, healthy bliss. These are a great way to start the week.
*disclaimer – I havent actually eaten a ‘real’ flour and sugar filled Blondie so these are what I imagine they taste like, fudgy, morish and sweet
- 10 medjool dates - pitted
- 200g walnuts
- 100g coconut cream
- pinch salt
- Blend all the ingredients in a blender until a stick dough forms. Then squash into a lined glass tray making a neat shape. Then place in fridge for hour or freezer for half and hour.
- Store in fridge.
- You must use medjool dates as they are more fudgy but feel free to use other nuts.