One thing I’ve learned on my journey to better health, is that temptation is a killer!

How do you avoid temptation? Always be prepared.

Case in point, was our recent Date Night out at the Super Summer Theatre ?. It’s an outdoor stage production show set on the far West side of town, in the cooler desert hills. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see some wild burros.


Families come with coolers jam-packed full of every tasty goody you can imagine. Pizza boxes wafting scents through the air; full meal take outs from restaurants in town; picnic baskets full of homemade deliciousness. Temptations galore!


Being as I knew this, I had an ace up my sleeve. ?? A brownie recipe I’ve been waiting for just the right moment to make.

The key is, it must be decadent. A real treat, not just celery sticks. LOL. Otherwise you will feel deprived and still be tempted. If it’s a delicious something NEW to your taste buds, even better. ??

The anticipation built on the drive out. I was so excited for the time with my honey doing something really FUN while still being healthy. Heck with Pizza Hut, I had a brownie!

Here’s my tweaked version of the recipe I found in the Clean Cooking magazine.

Raw Brownies:

1 2/3 cups Raw Walnuts

1 2/3 cups Dates, pitted

1/2 cup Carob Powder (I’ll try Cacao next time)

2 Tbsp Almond Butter

1/2 – 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

Pinch of Salt

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until a thick, sticky batter forms. Press into a glass pie pan, or other similar sized dish, lined with parchment paper. Chill in the freezer for 20 minutes, to firm it up, before serving. Store any leftovers in the freezer.

5 minutes to make and only slightly longer for cleanup. I love not baking!

(Next time I’m going to make a frosting for them. I’ll keep you posted!)

They are so dense and filling that I only ate one during the show. The couple next to us eating soup & salad with breadsticks from Olive Garden followed by Nothing Bundt Cakes didn’t even phase me. I was so happy!

Yes, food brings Joie! ☺️

And yes, we were very lucky ?

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