No bake Brownie Fifteens

I woke up this morning to a toe hole in my favourite Burton socks. I cried a little inside. I love those socks.

I would have taken a picture but, let’s be honest, foot pictures? eak!

On with the eats…

No bake Vanilla Fifteens were a huge success, high five! [I’m such a nerd]

I have been craving chocolate this week like nobody’s business. This could be why when I tried to make peanut butter Fifteens, they just didn’t seem to taste right to me. I wanted chocolate. [Sorry Jess, sorry Tara – I promise I’ll do PB next time]

Although still Fifteens, these babies are slightly different than the last. In comes Spirulina! [I feel like it should be wearing a Super-Man-like cape]

Spirulina

Spirulina and I became best pals after I struggled with protein deficiency while I was vegan. I learned very quickly that the key to a healthful vegan diet is awareness. Awareness of the foods you eat, why you’re eating them, what nutrients they provide, and what nutrients you still need to get in by the end of the day. Do this, and you’re set! [In fact everyone should be aware of the nutrients they’re taking in, but we’ll save that for another conversation]

So, who is my pal? Referred to by David Wolfe as the protein queen, Spirulina is a single-celled blue-green spiral algae with huge nutrition benefits.

Huh?

Simply put, Spirulina contains an astounding variety of nutrients, including chlorophyll, protein, vitamins, major minerals, trace minerals, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids [RNA and DNA], polysaccharides, and a vast spectrum of antioxidants. Spirulina is so rich in nutrition that is it believed by some that you could live on it alone for quite some time [although I don’t suggest it]

  • consists of 65-71% protein
  • complete protein source: contains all 8 essential amino acids
  • rich in vitamin A (beta carotene), B1, B2, B6, E, and K
  • abundant source of chorophyll, salts, phytonutrients, and enzymes, that help to boost energy and cellular health
  • is a source of gamma linolenic acid [GLA], an EFA necessary for the health of the nervous system
  • contains phycocyanin, an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-arthritic
  • rich in B12 and easy-to-absorb iron
  • boosts immune system by aiding in the production of antibodies

Also, don’t be afraid to cook with Spirulina. It can withstand high temperatures due to it’s conditioning in nature!

Gosh, I could go on about Spirulina for days. But I will stop there for today.

Excuse me while I go pig out on these Fifteens and finish watching Harry Potter.

Happy Saturday!

PS: you can find Spirulina in the supplements section in health food stores. I’ve seen it sold at pharmacies like London Drugs, too!

 

 


No bake Brownie Fifteens
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Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free
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Serves: 8 Fifteens
 
How often can you say the snack you just had helped to strengthen your immunity, feed your cells, and support your nervous system, all in an itty-bitty package? Taking fifteen minutes out of your daily routine to enjoy this healthful snack will leave your body happier, stronger, healthier, and ready to take on anything that comes your way!
Ingredients
  • 12 medjool dates, pits removed
  • ½ cup walnuts + ½ cup crushed walnuts [for topping]
  • 2 teaspoon spirulina
  • 3 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoon cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. Combine all 5 ingredients but walnut topping in a food processor.
  2. Pulse until dates have broken down and walnuts are tip of pen cap sized [about 1 minute].
  3. Roll “dough” into balls and place on a clean surface [I used the counter].
  4. One at a time, place a fifteen in your hand, sprinkle crushed walnuts and roll the ball between your hands to make the walnuts stick to the fifteen. Repeat until there is a good coating on the Fifteen.
  5. Pop in the freezer for 4-5 minutes to harden up [I like them best a bit frozen]

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  1. Thank you for introducing me to the idea of using dates as a natural sweetener and binding agent in so many delicious treats! I was only able to find honey dates at my local bulk barn which still worked well although I used a few more than the recipe called for as they seem to be on the small side. I haven’t ventured to a health food store to purchase spirulina yet, but substituting with ground chia and flax seeds worked great too.

  2. hi Leanne,
    this looks so good, i always end up on your blog when i’m looking for a recipe.
    i bought spirulina and tried it only once. is it suppose to make you feel energetic?i tried it in the evening and had some trouble falling asleep, i was so full of energy for 2 days.
    one more thing, do you know if the spirulina lose it’s effect when mixing with a certain ingredent?like maybe when i add it to my orange juice?
    Thanks again for a great and easy recipe.

    • Hi Daniel, so great to hear that your body responded well to spirulina! Yes, it is a natural energy booster. It can be combined with lime to increase it’s benefits, too. Enjoy!

  3. this sound delicious!! just wondering…if u don’t want to eat them all straight away, what is the best way to store them?

    • I like to keep them in the freezer in an air-tight container. They last up to 1 month. Enjoy!

  4. Hi there I just found your blog while looking for a spirulina energy bar. Your recipes look very nice. I’ll try a few. Could you please provide the nutrition facts for them? That will be really nice. Also I started using spirulina about 4 years ago but then I got pregnant and I could’t take it anymore, do you know if it is safe during pregnancy. Thanks and stay healthy.

    • Hi Mari, thanks for stopping by and saying hi! No human studies have been done to prove that spirulina is okay during pregnancy. Having said that however, there are multiple animal studies suggesting spirulina can benefit pregnancy! It’s a toss up.

  5. I take chlorella as a “superfood”, although it tastes so bad that I have to either use minute amounts or take the pills. It’s similar to spriulina, except it has huge detox benefits. I wonder if I can put chlorella in these brownies! They look delish!

    • You could add chlorella too, I’m sure of it!

  6. Wow, Sister, David and I are friends, I learned a lot from him too and I integrated lots of his wisdom. I know this language! Awesome! I make something similar with the Maca and coconut, Maca for me now is the dream herb! I take it every day. Thank you for sharing those delicious tid bits:-) Yum.

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