Monday, February 25, 2013

Raw Brownies for Kids

Ah, the raw brownie.  My kids are huge, huge fans.  A few days ago I was stocking up on raw bars and brownies for Andy’s trip and Kota was begging to have some.  I make them enough that she knows exactly what they are, and of course she wants to partake!

While I don’t mind sharing raw treats with the kiddos, I don’t like to give them cacao too often or in large amounts.  Cacao has an awesome nutritional profile however it also has caffeine or theobromine, both stimulants.  If you’ve got kids, you probably aren’t crazy about kids + stimulants either.

So instead of using cacao like I do in our raw foods, I use carob.  I actually use roasted carob, so these aren’t completely raw.  But I feel they’re the better choice here.  My kiddos also aren’t fans of nutty chunks in their brownies so I make sure everything is ground up.  If you prefer some chunks feel free to add nuts, dried fruit or other yummies at the end.

Raw Brownies for Kids

½ cup almonds
½ cup walnuts
1 cup dates, pitted
¼ cup carob powder
¼ cup shredded coconut
1/8 cup hemp hearts
1 tbsp water

Combine almonds and walnuts in food process and run until nuts are finely ground.
Add dates and process again until dates are completely chopped.

Add carob and coconut and process again.
Finally add water and hemp hearts and run until dough forms and starts to clump. 

When you push down on the dough, it should press together.  If it seems too dry, add 1 tsp of water at a time.

Press dough into a 9x9in pan and chill in fridge for at least an hour. 

Remove from fridge and slice into 16 brownies.  You can carefully remove them from the pan now and enjoy.

These will keep for a least a month in the fridge in a sealed container- but they won’t make it that long!

And how do the kiddos feel about these?

Lets just say I keep them on the top shelf of the fridge.


  1. Those look pretty good! What "function" do the hemp hearts serve? Do the hemp hearts cause problems if drug tested? With the hubs being military, we tend to stay away from anything with hemp or poppy seeds.

    Thanks for the tip about the cacao, I had not idea about the stimulants. Those might make a good snack for the hubby so he doesn't fall asleep at work :0)

    1. Great questions! Hemp is high in protein, fiber, omega fats and amino acids— in other words, they are little nutritional powerhouses! I love adding them to smoothies, granola, crackers, brownies, etc. As for drug testing, it would be practically impossible to have a positive test. Industrial hemp grown for food is a different variety than that grown for the drug and contains very low levels of THC. The seeds themselves don't contain any of the drug and have been hulled and washed prior to packaging. My husband is also in the military and we eat them all the time without a thought!

  2. Made these yesterday and they are almost gone! Added some dried figs too! So good! My two year old and I can't stop eating them!! :)))

    1. Awesome, so glad you guys are enjoying them! I think they'd be excellent with cranberries too.