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I have always been a brownie lover, but to be honest, since I started eating healthier I have kept this yummy dish off my menu. How sad is that? Sad, sad day (hangs head in self-pity). Everyone needs some brownie in their life.
I share this recipe just as the holiday season is beginning. And I know it will come fast…it is my goal to be better prepared for all those dinner parties and gatherings.
These Espresso’ My Mint Cacao Brownies are perfect for that task. They freeze beautifully! You could even go as far as topping them with a raw Chocolate Ganache frosting or even a raw caramel frosting. Shew, that would be decadent and super rich. Whether you dress them up or not, I promise you and your guests that you won’t be disappointed!
If you surf the net, you will find endless information regarding the health benefits of cacao. I won’t even begin to touch the tip of the iceberg here but I do want to point out that raw cacao powder contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate – more than 20 times than that of blueberries. It also is a source of protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur, flavonoids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids are also present.
Word of Caution, hmmm not what you are expecting to see on a recipe posting, now is it? But I feel that it is important to point out that cacao powder contains theobromine. It can stimulate the central nervous system and dilate blood vessels. Theobromine has about 1/4 of the stimulating power of its sister molecule caffeine. So if you are sensitive to caffeine, be watchful in how your body may or may not react to raw cacao. Oh, and if you are sensitive to caffein, omit the espresso and feel free to add any other flavor extract if you wish to.
This brownie recipe is a cross between the texture of a brownie and fudge. The good news is, is that it doesn’t require any dehydration. But it will need to stay in the fridge or freezer. Which brings up another great point… These brownies will keep for 1-3 months in the freezer. They won’t freeze rock solid so they can be enjoyed on the whim of any chocolate craving attack. How is that for service? I hope you enjoy this recipe. Be sure to comment below and have a blessed day, amie sue