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Raw Fudge Chocolate Orange Brownies

  • April 8, 2015
  • By Carly Neave

Chocolate Orange Brownies

Terry’s Chocolate Orange has got to be one of the best tasting chocolates ever created, right? I know, I know, ‘I shouldn’t like chocolate – I’m a health blogger’. But I do people…I do. I just choose to create natural and raw chocolate treats and eat them instead! Why fill yourself up with processed and unhealthy sugars, bad fats, sweeteners etc when you could eat something just as good (I vote better) with the huge difference being it’s actually good for you! Please someone honestly raise their hand if they can think of a better chocolate treat than a healthy, practically superfood, chocolatey fudgy gooey sticky sweet rich orange brownie? There’s nada. (N.b you are excluded if you don’t like chocolate and orange as a combination…!)

Chocolate Orange Brownies

That is exactly what these are: fudgy, gooey, sticky, rich and raw chocolate orange brownies – exactly what it says on the tin.  They. Are. Heaven. These took my five tries. Five tries to get the perfect balance of fudgyness that allows you to pick up the brownie like a proper brownie rather than it all falling apart in one big, albeit delicious, but gooey mess. And now, they are perfect. My perfect little chocolate orange brownies, and hopefully yours too. Pack them for your afternoon cup of tea at work, have them with your partner in the evening and get the kids involved with making them! Teach your friends and family how delicious, REAL food tastes.

Chocolate Orange Brownies

Chocolate Orange Brownies

It’s important to know the difference between a shop bought brownie and a homemade raw brownie like mine. If any of you know a little about Biology, you will know that technically the dates which give the brownies their juicy sweetness are ultimately broken down into the same sugars that white table sugar is broken down into. So why are dates better for you than ‘normal sugar’ out the bag? It’s because there is still a huge difference between the two and this difference is why I choose to live my life this way and why my body is much happier and healthier because of it, and why yours should be too.

To break it down: Table sugar has zero nutritional value – dates have high nutritional value. Your body can not only use the vitamins and minerals that dates contain, but they will also break down into their simple sugars much more s-l-o-w-l-yyyy than table sugar or any other simple processed sugar. This means you don’t get a severe spike in blood sugar levels which is what causes fat gain. Not only that but these raw brownies are full of ingredients like protein-rich nuts. What your body does is it uses the protein and good fats from the nuts to build and repair cells in your body AND slows down the absorption of the natural sugars from the dates into your blood stream, again helping us avoid gaining fat.

Chocolate Orange Brownies

Just to note, by no means do all these fantastic health benefits mean you can eat 100 batches of these brownies a day without getting a sugar overload! But what it does mean is you can enjoy them guilt-free, not feeling restricted in taste or the indulgence of the treat. I sure munched through a few on my five cooking days! And that’s what my blog and lifestyle is all about: no restriction, no compromise on taste, no guilt, just pure delicious enjoyment! Savour these scrumptious gooey brownies and enjoy them more than any Terry’s chocolate orange you have ever eaten because your body is THANKING you for eating these, and so is that chocolate-loving heart :)

Chocolate Orange Brownies

5.0 from 7 reviews
Raw Fudge Chocolate Orange Brownies
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of pitted Medjool dates
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • ⅛ cup brazil nuts
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 Tbs desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
  • Zest of one large orange
  • Juice of ½ large orange
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ cup water
  • 1 Tbs cornflour
  • Large pinch of rock sea salt
Instructions
  1. Put all the nuts in a blender and blend until almost fine, set aside in a bowl.
  2. Add the Cacao powder to the blended nuts and stir with a spoon to mix.
  3. Put the dates in the blender and blend until finely chopped.
  4. Re-add the cacao mixture to the blender for a quick spin on a low speed to combine all 3 ingredients and then place in a bowl together.
  5. Add the cinnamon, orange zest, coconut and sea salt to the bowl and mix.
  6. In a small ramekin, mix the orange juice and cornflour until the flour has dissolved.
  7. Pour ⅛ cup of boiling water into a pan on a low heat and add the orange mixture.
  8. Stir until mixture thickens, leave to bubble for a minute then remove from heat.
  9. Add the orange mixture to the remaining ingredients and stir well, combining everything.
  10. Line a Tupperware with cling film and pour in your brownie mix.
  11. Smooth it out so that it is level and refrigerate for 1.5 hours.
  12. Eat and enjoy!
Notes
Tip:

To evenly level off your brownie mix in the Tupperware, use the back of your grated orange to press down on mixture and level. The orange skin doesn't stick and gives it a lovely gloss!

 

 

By Carly Neave, April 8, 2015 Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!
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26 Comments
  • Alvin V.Stone
    December 24, 2018

    I can’t wait to start making. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • Marie Roberts
    June 2, 2018

    I just made these and OMG I LOVE THEM!! Great recipe, thank you for sharing !!

  • Robert
    July 28, 2017

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ve been craving for chocolate sweets every time I’m stressed.

  • Keeley
    April 21, 2016

    These are the ones! I have tried lots of raw chocolate orange brownies and they can taste stale, fall apart, or just not satisfy that craving for proper chocolate. I also have an egg allergy so the trend in raw brownies in general is brill for me. I absolutely love these, all your five tries paid off! So thank you Carly.

    • Lean Living Girl
      April 21, 2016

      Hi Keeley,

      What a review of them thanks so much!! I always come back to these as a fail safe for an indulgent but delicious treat so really glad you liked them!

      Carly xxx

  • Carol
    April 14, 2016

    Finally, I’m having desserts without feeling guilty and still feeling really happy! I love this recipe. Thank you Carly!

  • Eloise
    February 11, 2016

    Hi there, I haven’t tried these before but love the idea of being able to enjoy the chocolate orange taste guilt free! However I am allergic to nuts, is there any alternatives I could use to substitute this?

    • Lean Living Girl
      February 12, 2016

      Hi Eloise,

      Honestly they are one of my favourites, such a yummy combo! I haven’t tried this before but I think using sunflower seeds would work. I don’t believe you can buy them in a flour pre-done so just swap the equivalent nut quantities for the sunflower seeds and whizz them all up in a blender.

      Let me know if it works? Would be good for future reference!

      Carly xx

      • Eloise
        February 12, 2016

        Okay that’s great thank you! I shall give them a go, fingers crossed!
        Eloise x

  • Shwetha
    January 29, 2016

    Hey! Great recipe. Will be trying it soon. Could you please give the approximate measure of orange juice in cups.

  • Tina
    January 25, 2016

    Five stars for this food.This is so yumi

  • Lean Living Girl
    November 15, 2015

    Hi Eleanor,

    Glad to hear you’re loving the recipes! What dates did you use for the mixture as they can make quite a big difference? Medjool are the best option…I’ll update that in the recipe now. It could be your brand of cacao powder that made it taste bitter, try adding a tbs of honey which will sweeten and moist them up and still keep them guilt-free :)

    Let me know how you get on x

  • Eleanor
    November 13, 2015

    Hi, I have tried loads of recipes on your page and LOVE them and so was really excited to try this one as in my quest for a healthy lifestyle I have missed chocolate. I don’t know what I did wrong but mine taste so bitter and the mixture was quite dry? Please help! All the other comments are so positive I am certain I have done something wrong and would like to give them another go! Thank you

  • Jade
    June 10, 2015

    On my second attempt of these an they are much sturdier and stay together more like brownies and so fudgey and gooey! Like Jaffa cakes :) do you have any idea of calories per brownie?

    • Lean Living Girl
      June 14, 2015

      Hi Jade!

      So glad to hear that, they are one of my favourites so I hope you enjoyed them!

      They are made with allllll good and nutritious ingredients so should be enjoyed guilt-free minus the calorie counting! But I do understand sometimes it’s good to have an idea so per brownie you are looking at about 130 calories – of all healthy foods!

      Hope that helps and thank you for your support and following the blog!

      Carly x

  • Nuala
    April 10, 2015

    I am making a real effort to educate myself on what I should and should not be putting into my body and quite honestly I thought chocolate and sweet things were going to be long gone until I found your recipe! I followed this recipe and it was so amazing, the brownies taste incredible, in fact better than any shop bought brownie packed full of sugar I have bought in the past. I’m so impressed. I would recommend this recipe to everyone, it’s nice to have a treat now and again and these defintely hit the spot! I will continue to try out your recipes. Thank you !

    • Carly's Kitchen
      April 11, 2015

      Hi Nuala,

      Thanks so much for your comment, it’s lovely to hear that my recipes are helping you with living a clean and healthy lifestyle. That’s what is so important about changing the way you live, it’s not a crash diet or quick fix, it’s just about changing your everyday choices and feeling great from it! You don’t need to feel restricted or limit yourself, as I say in my Bio it’s a guilt-free life and if you can balance everything you do then your body will love you for it and you will start seeing changes and results.

      Glad you loved the brownies, they are my little haven!! So deliciously chocolatey! If you sign up to Carly’s Kitchen free subscription i’ll send you a little note every time I post a new recipe :)

      Good luck and well done on making the start to change the way you live!

      • Nuala
        April 11, 2015

        Absolutely ! I will definitely be signing up. Thank you for your reply :)

Carly Neave

Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!

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A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!
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