I try to eat well and look after myself for a few different reasons – I’ll admit one of them is pure vanity. I look better when I’m taking care of myself. My skin is prettier and calmer and overall I look more “well” when I’ve been really listening to what my body needs.
Like everyone else at this time at year, I’m rushing around and feeling really pushed for time. Stress always comes out in my skin. My raw ‘super skin’ brownies are a rich treat to soothe the spirit and are loaded with good stuff to support the skin and overall wellbeing.
Honestly, these brownies are crazy delicious. They will kick a chocolate craving into next year and give a noticeable energy boost. Perfect for mid Christmas shopping revival!
Raw cacao powder is an excellent source of antioxidants and magnesium, maca powder is amazing for energy and supports healthy hormone levels – perfect for those pesky hormonal breakouts. Chia, nuts and seeds all add healthy fats, zinc and omegas. Most of the nuts and seeds are soaked first to maximise your bodies absorption of all their nutrients and make it easier on your digestion.
Feel free to sub in other nuts/seeds if you don’t have everything on hand. Just keep the proportions the same.
Do something for yourself this silly season. Make a batch of brownies, drink lots of water and take a deep breath.
Raw ‘Super Skin’ Brownies
3/4 cup sunflower seeds – soaked overnight and rinsed well
1/2 pumpkin seeds – soaked overnight and rinsed well
1/2 cup hazelnuts – soaked overnight and rinsed well
1/2 cup walnuts – soaked overnight and rinsed well
1 cup dates – preferably medjool
4 Tbsp raw cacao powder
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp black sesame seeds (or regular)
4 tsp maca powder
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch sea salt
1 1/2 Tbsp psyllium powder
Roll the sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and walnuts into a towel and dry as much as possible. Getting rid of the excess moisture will help the brownies set.
Place the dates and half of your sunflower seeds, walnuts and hazelnuts into a food processor. Blitz until the dates are a rough puree. You made need to scrape down the sides of processor bowl a few times.
Add all the remaining ingredients and process really well. You want the mix to be as fine as possible (or as fine as you like it). You’ll need to scrape down the sides of processor bowl a few times and be patient. It’s a thick mixture so will take a little while to blitz it all.
Press the completed brownie mix firmly into a slice or cake tin lined with baking paper. Use the back of a spoon to smooth the surface. The mixture is very thick so this might take a few minutes. Depending on the size of your tin you made not need to whole tin. I made my brownies about 2cm thick.
Place into a freezer for at least two hours to set. Cut and enjoy.
– Kelly Gibney, Undone Girl, Bonnie Delicious