I’m deeming March the month of clean eating. Granted, I eat pretty “clean” to begin with but I’m just kind of curious what positive effects I’ll see if I make my normal 80/20 rule when it comes to food closer to a 95/5 kind of rule (in combination with Bodyrock workouts).
99% of the time that 20% haunts me immediately after dinner as I plop myself on the couch for an episode of whatever we’re watching and my brain just starts screaming CHOCOLATE! GIVE IT TO ME! I really have no problems keeping it clean for the entire day leading up until that point. In fact, I enjoy eating healthily all day. But there’s a switch and it gets flipped right around 8pm.
Want to know what happens when you try to satisfy a chocolate craving with some fruit, coconut & cacao nibs? You fail. Epically. And then the chocolate craving just intensifies, you go to bed mad and have really weird dreams about ex-boyfriends. At least that’s what I’m chalking the dreams up to. Otherwise, I have no excuse and I’m not really sure how I feel about them if that’s the case. It’s weird waking up to your husband when you’ve been dreaming about another guy all night…
Except this time I froze them and then smashed them down with a fork because I think those little lines are pretty and because I’m fresh out of ball jokes.
These balls (that aren’t really balls) are anything but a brownie actually. But somehow they sure as heck almost taste like one.
I almost don’t even want to tell you they’re made with prunes because I’m sure you just read that and laughed or worse, clicked out of here instantly at the ridiculousness of me trying to convince you that a dried fruit used to make you “regular” tastes like a brownie.
BUT IT DOES! Swear.
So, knowing that Ulysses might be asking for a divorce if he had to suffer through 29 more days of unsatisfied 8pm chocolate cravings, these brownie bites came to be.
Now that I think of it, maybe the dream was some weird foreshadowing that I needed a solution to the 8pm crazies…
That makes sense, right?
- 1 cup raw almonds
- ½ cup raw cashews
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon dark, unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons agave
- 6-8 prunes
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- ¼ banana
- pinch of kosher salt
- Combine nuts and flax seed in a food processor and process until finely ground and almost a flour-like consistency.
- Add remaining ingredients to the food processor and process until the dough just starts to come together. Start with 6 prunes and add more if the dough is still to loose.
- Dump dough into a small bowl.
- Roll into balls and place on a tray.
- Freeze for about 30 minutes.
- Press balls down with the back of a fork to get the cookie shape.
- Keep frozen or refrigerated.