"No-Bake Brownies" by Luana Marchi

Before we get into this secret food creation, shared only with those lucky enough to attend Luana's annual Spring Brunch, I'd like to take a moment to properly introduce you to the face behind all of our scrumptious recipes.
WODUP Ambassador Luana Marchi is more than just one of the beauty's you see repping our Sustainable fitnesswear. This amazing lady is set to make her impact in the world by educating and spreading awareness about living a more sustainable life. We feel so blessed to have her on our team helping us spread our word. It just goes to show that if we all work together we can do big things! 
"Spring is a time for new beginnings, sewing new seeds. It's also time to contemplate health and physical well being. This is the 4th year that I have organised this event in order to inspire and motivate people to change their habits and live at their healthiest without restrictions.
As a Nutritional Therapist & Health and Wellness coach I see it as my responsibility not only to inspire and guide people to eat healthy and make better choices towards food, but also how to live more sustainably and make choices that can positively impact the world. After all, being healthy is way more than just the food we put on our plate. 
This year I decided to use this opportunity to bring to your attention of how much we can do as an individual to collaborate against food waste. Everything we do, big or small, impacts the future.
And, to encourage people to waste less food, the dishes served on the event will be simple, wholesome and sustainable (plant based, gluten, dairy and refined sugar free)." - Luana
So with no further ado, let's get this No-Bake Brownie party started!
Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 cup of nuts (Activated is best. Luana used pecans, but any nut is fine)
  • 1 cup of pitted dates (soaked in warm water for at least 15 mins)
  • 1/2 cup of raw Cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp nuts (roughly chopped for crunch)
For the Chocolate Frosting:
  • 2 tbsp raw Cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tbsp coconut syrup
  • 1 tbsp of cacao nibs or extra nuts chopped
Let's get cooking:
  • In a food processor, add the nuts, cacao powder, chia seeds and salt. Pulse ingredients until crumbled.
  • Add the dates and process until the mixture comes together in a ball. If you find that mixture is too dry you can add another date or two. On the other hand if you find the mixture is too sticky, add more nuts.
  • Spoon the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper and press it into a large square.
  • Press the roughly chopped nuts into the square and let it chill a little while you prep the frosting.
  • To make the frosting, combine the cacao powder, melted coconut oil and the syrup.
  • Drizzle the frosting on top of the brownie square and garnish with cacao  nibs or more nuts.
  • Place in the fridge for about 30 mins or until the frosting has hardened.
  • Cut the brownie square into 16-25 pieces. 
  • Store in an air tight container at room temperature for 2 weeks. Or in the fridge for about a month.
So there you have it. A simple yet delicious and healthy snack that will have the whole family happy and satisfied.
I know what I'm taking to my next brunch!
Recipe created by Luana Marchi
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