- 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 2 1/2 cups dates (pitted // if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes then drain // 2 1/2 cups equal ~15 ounces)
- 3/4 cup cacao chopped
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Place 1 cup walnuts and the almonds in food processor or Nutribullet and process until finely ground.
Add the cacao and sea salt and pulse to combine. Transfer to bowl and set aside.
Add the dates to the food processor and process until small bits remain. Remove and set aside.
Add nut and Cacao mixture back into food processor and while processing, drop small handfuls of the date pieces down into the food processor or blender spout.
Process until a dough consistency is achieved, adding more dates if the mixture does not hold together when squeezed in your hand. You may not use all the dates.
Add the brownie mixture to a small parchment lined dish and toss to combine and evenly distribute. Then press down with hands until it is flat and firm. I like laying down a piece of plastic wrap to prevent sticking and get it really flat.
Lift parchment paper to remove brownies from dish and use hands to slightly squeeze in the sides to create a smaller square – this will make the brownies slightly thicker and more dense.
Transfer back to dish and place in freezer or fridge to chill for 10-15 minutes before cutting into 12 (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) even squares.
Frost brownies generously with frosting and then top with additional raw walnuts and cacao nibs (optional). Slice into 12 even squares (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
Store brownies in an airtight container to keep fresh. Will keep for 3-4 days at room temperature, or in the freezer for at least 1 month (though best when fresh).
WHY CLIENTS SHOULD EMBRACE CEREMONIAL CACAO IN ONE-TO-ONE SESSIONS?
A PSYCHOTHERAPIST'S PERSPECTIVE ON NURTURING POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH
As a psychotherapist dedicated to your well-being, I am passionate about exploring innovative approaches that can enhance our therapeutic journey together. One such approach that holds tremendous potential for nurturing positive mental health is the integration of ceremonial cacao into our one-to-one sessions. Allow me to share with you the reasons based on my experience with this beautiful medicine why I believe incorporating ceremonial cacao can be transformative and beneficial for your emotional well-being.
First and foremost, ceremonial cacao provides a unique opportunity for deepening the therapeutic experience. Its ancient origins and sacred ceremonial traditions create a sacred space for introspection, healing, and personal growth. By incorporating ceremonial cacao into our sessions, we create a safe and intentional environment where you can explore your emotions, fears, and aspirations with enhanced clarity and compassion.
Ceremonial grade cacao has been revered by ancient civilizations for its heart-opening properties, and this quality holds great significance in our work together. Within the therapeutic space, we often delve into the depths of your emotions, examining wounds and traumas that may have been buried within. Ceremonial cacao acts as a gentle yet powerful facilitator, inviting you to approach these emotional landscapes with an open heart. It fosters self-compassion and self-acceptance, allowing you to navigate challenging emotions with greater ease and grace.