I haven’t been cooking lately. Not at all. And you know what, I’m okay with that. Everyone needs a break now and then, right? And, I haven’t been eating out. I’ve been living on things like fruit and nut bowls and smoothies. Completely not inspirational.
But today, today I was inspired. I was inspired to make a grain-free, vegan, sugar-free version of our family favorite Bossk Brownies from the Star Wars Cookbook. The kiddo approves, and so does R2D2.
adapted from the Star Wars Cookbook
4 ounces (113 g) dates (about 23 medium dates, or about 3/4 cup)
1/3 cup boiling water
2 T. ground flax seed
1 t. vanilla
1/2 cup (112 g) coconut oil
1/2 cup (28 g) cocoa powder
2/3 cup (50 g) almond meal
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
pinch of powdered stevia (to taste)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8″ x 8″ baking pan.
In a small bowl, combine dates, boiling water and flax seed. Allow to sit for 10 minutes while dates soften.
Put coconut oil in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until coconut oil is creamy. Add date mixture. Pulse until dates break up, and then process for 5 minutes until mixture is smooth and creamy.
Add the rest of the ingredients except the shredded coconut. Pulse until mixture is thick and well-mixed. Taste for sweetness and add more stevia if desired. Stir in coconut.
Spread batter in prepared pan. (It will be very thick. That’s normal.) Bake for 20 minutes, or until knife inserted in brownie comes out clean.