Celebrity Chef Alina Z’s Almost Healthy Brownie
Who doesn’t love a good brownie? Now imagine if it was made with healthy ingredients and it tasted good – and oh yeah, it was vegan. That checks 3 boxes for me because I am allergic to milk so this is win-win.
We were lucky enough to speak with Chef Alina Z., award-winning nutritionist and celebrity chef to billionaires, pro athletes and movie stars. We also got a sneak peek of her new book Single and Hungry: A Realistic Guide to Food and Self-Love which launched today on Amazon.com. Chef Alina Z. is also the creator of the #1 Best Diet (2015), an organic plant-based detox, as voted by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. She is a highly credentialed and board-certified health coach and private chef, specializing in the psychology behind eating and how to create healthy and largely plant-based cuisine.
Here is her awesome recipe:
RAW VEGAN PEANUT BROWNIE
This is a rich and good-for-you brownie that is high in essential fatty acids – Omega-3, protein and fiber. I like to think of this recipe as almost-a-health food!
2 Cups raw walnuts
1.5 Cups medjool dates, pitted. Do NOT buy already pitted dates
1 Cup raw cacao powder
1/4 Teaspoon sea salt
Process in food processor with an S-blade for 2-3 minutes until well-blended. Separate the dough in 2 parts. Place one part in a small pan and push down with your hands. The dough should be about 1/2 inch thick.
Place peanut caramel sauce on top. Cover with the remaining brownie batter. Pat down with your hands to solidify and refrigerate to set. Cut in serving pieces and drizzle with chocolate sauce when ready to serve.
Peanut caramel sauce
1/2 Cup coconut nectar
1/2 Cup medjool dates, pitted. Do NOT buy already pitted dates
1/2 Cup coconut oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon sea salt (more if you’d like)
2/3 Cup chopped peanuts
Caramel sauce preparation
Blend coconut nectar, dates, coconut oil, vanilla and salt in a high-speed blender until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and mix in chopped peanuts.
1/2 Cup coconut nectar
2 Tablespoons cacao powder
Chocolate sauce preparation
Mix the ingredients with a fork in a small bowl for about 2 minutes, until well-blended.
About Chef Alina Z.
Celebrity Chef Alina Z. is the creator of the #1 Best Diet (2015), as voted by Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and has appeared in countless media outlets, including Allure, InStyle, People, Shape, Vogue, The Miami Herald and on NBC. Alina’s unique approach to food begins with first finding self-love and then creating a healthy diet that reflects your unique personality and lifestyle. Alina teaches that finding foods that fit you is a lot like choosing the fashions that fill your closet. It’s a philosophy she calls Couture Nutrition®, and sharing it with others is her passion. She became a board-certified health coach by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners after she completed her studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She also was certified as a Raw Food Chef at the Graff Academy of Raw Food and as a Detoxification Specialist at the International School of Detoxification. She holds a degree in Design Management from Parsons School of Design and a Masters degree in Public Communication from American University.