There’s no harm in digging in to a few holiday treats this week, but as long as you’ve got a paw in the cookie jar, why not make it worth your while? These Goji Berry Walnut Squares by Dr. Fuhrman’s daughter, the talented Talia Fuhrman, come straight from the Eat to Live Cookbook and are packed with almost as much nutrition as there is deliciousness! Keep the ‘nutritarian lifestyle’ up through the holidays and take this page straight from the Fuhrman’s own family recipes. Here’s Talia…
These goji berry walnut brownies are delightfully sweet, yet pack a hefty nutrient punch with the goji berries, nuts, oats and dark chocolate. It’s amazing how all of these ingredients come together to create the perfect treat. Happy holidays from our family to yours – enjoy!
Goji Berry Walnut Brownies with Chocolate Drizzle
1 1/2 cups oats
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raw almonds, or 1 cup almond flour (see note)
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup goji berries
2 oz unsweetened dark chocolate
In a high-powered blender, blend the oats until a flour forms. Add to a large bowl.
Repeat process for the walnuts and almonds, being sure not to over-process them as you don’t want the oils to release. Add to the bowl and gently break apart any clumps with your fingers. It’s okay if a few walnut or almond pieces remain. Stir in the cinnamon.
Add dates and water to blender and process until a slurry forms. Add banana and blend until well combined. Add date mixture to dry ingredients and mix until no flour remains. Stir in vanilla and goji berries.
Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Scoop the dough into the pan. Dip a knife in water and spread dough until smooth. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Place the unsweetened chocolate in a microwave-proof bowl and heat in the microwave for 1 minute, stir, and heat for another 30 seconds or until completely melted. Remove pan from freezer. Using a small spoon, drizzle with chocolate to add a decorative touch. Cut into squares.
Store in the freezer for a guilt-free snack. They can be eaten straight from the freezer or heated in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.
Note: Almond flour is simply raw, whole almonds that have been ground into a fine powder. It can be purchased in health food stores and many supermarkets, but it is best to grind almonds and make it fresh.