Introduction: Bee Pollen Raw Brownies (No Bake)

These brownies are by far, one of the best things I have ever tasted. Ever... With that being said, let me tell you a little about Bee Pollen.

Bee pollen has become a popular supplement throughout the years and has been proven to have an effective boost on the immune system. It is also beneficial in increasing sexual functions in both men & women, as well as stimulating our glands & organs. This Super Food has also been used as an appetite suppressant and promotes a natural weight loss alternative. The list goes on and on...

It has a bitter sweet mild honey flavor and added the perfect touch for these antioxidant rich 100% Raw Brownies. I ground up my own cocoa powder with Theo's Organic Fair Trade Nibs nut you can substitute store bought cocoa powder. Just make sure it's high quality.

Caution: Bee products may cause an allergic reaction in some sensitive people. Anyone with a suspected sensitivity should consult a health care professional before using.

Step 1: Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 Teaspoon Fresh Bee Pollen (whole granules) + more for dusting

1 cup Organic Roasted Cocoa Nibs

1 teaspoon Raw Cocoa Nibs + more for dusting

2 cups Walnuts

1 cup Raw Almonds

2 1/2 cups Medjool Dates

1/4 tsp sea salt

Equipment:

Spice Grinder

Food Processor

Baking Pan lined with Parchment

Step 2: Grind Nibs to a Powder

Place one cup of Roasted Cocoa Nibs into a spice grinder. Grind to a fine powder.

Step 3: Pitt Dates & Chop Almonds

Place dates on a cutting board and gently remove the pitt. Discard Pitts. Roughly chop almonds. Set aside.

Step 4: Make the Raw Brownies

To make the brownies, place the walnuts into a food processor and combine to form a fine powder. Next, add the cocoa powder, bee pollen & salt. Pulse to combine. Add the dates through the top of the food processor, one at a time. You should end up with a cake crumbly consistency. (see pic below)

Step 5: Press Into Pan

Transfer brownie mixture to a bowl and add almonds. Gently fold into mixture, Next, press mixture gently into parchment lined baking sheet. Spread 1 teaspoon of cocoa nibs across the top of the brownies and gently press down into mixture. Put the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes up to an hour.

Remove from the freezer and transfer the brownies to a cutting board. Lightly dust with cocoa powder and ground bee pollen. Cut into squares and enjoy.

Keep brownies in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

Enjoy!

Comments

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BEE TRUE (author)2011-11-17

Hi guys!

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I offer 4 healthy blends in 2 different sizes.

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Javin007 (author)BEE TRUE2012-05-11

Interesting... I'm a bee keeper myself, and I'm curious... What makes bee pollen "gourmet?"

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lmnopeas (author)Javin0072012-05-11

Any product that is typically harder to get a hold of "bee pollen" for example, can be considered more of a gourmet product than something you can walk into a grocery store and get. You might be able to find bee pollen in health food stores or online, but definitely not a regular grocery store. (think also black truffles that are foraged in France or Spain)

Pollen is pretty popular in the culinary world today and the way it's used to elevate a dish can be considered gourmet.

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Javin007 (author)lmnopeas2012-05-14

True, I've seen pollen being used in a lot of different ways, particularly lately. Used to be it was only marketable in pill form (which I'm still unconvinced actually has a significant benefit - and this is coming from an apiarist.)

But his/her statement was: "I have created a GOURMET BEE POLLEN Blend line"

I'm curious what this "gourmet blend" would be that's any different than the pollen our own bees collect. And how it was created...

For instance, our own bees have a wide variety of flowers to collect from. We have annuals, perennials, vegetables, fruiting trees, etc. for our bees to collect from. Theory has it that having multiple source for the pollen makes it more "balanced." (I've read studies saying the bees aren't as healthy when their pollen isn't from multiple sources.) So this said, pollen collected from a single field source, say, clover for instance, would potentially be of lower quality.

Would this make our own pollen "gourmet?" By the definition of "hard to find" any pollen would fall under the gourmet label. Even the all-clover stuff.

So then there's the question of this "blend" that he/she says they've "created." Was it created by planting different flowers in the area for a specific purpose/flavor, or is it a blend of pollen collected from different locations and mixed together to get a specific flavor/balance? I'm really curious.

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lmnopeas (author)Javin0072012-05-16

I think she probably buys the pollen from a supplier in bulk and then mixes it with other natural products, like chia & hemp, creating her "gourmet" line. When she says "gourmet, she's referring to the blend she's created. i.e, bee pollen mixed with Chocolate & Chia, not the pollen itself. You would have to ask her directly though because I could be wrong.

It sounds to me like your pollen would fall into a "gourmet" category because it is multi sourced. Both scientifically and from a marketing perspective.


Quick question. I keep my bee pollen refrigerated, however my in-laws recently purchased some bee pollen for me at their local farmers market and it wasn't refrigerated. What's your take on the preservation process?

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Javin007 (author)lmnopeas2012-05-16

:D I'll have to PM you my thoughts on preservation. Turned out so long, I don't want to super-hijack the thread.

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lmnopeas (author)BEE TRUE2011-11-17

Your product line sounds amazing! I would love to try the Chocolate Chia! What kind of chocolate do you use?

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jimmy lobotomy (author)2011-12-05

I can't find ROASTED cocoa nibs, only plain. Can I just use that? Can I roast them myself? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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lmnopeas (author)jimmy lobotomy2011-12-05

You should definitely roast the nibs to develop the chocolate flavor. They will be bitter if you don't.

Here are some online sources to buy already roasted nibs:

http://www.amazon.com/Barlovento-mdash-Single-Origin-Roasted/dp/B001QRR482

http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/roasted-cacao-nibs

Here is a link with tips of how to roast the nibs yourself :

http://www.tava.com.au/product_nibs.html

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doleta (author)2011-11-13

I had severe and I mean SEVERE allergic reaction....let's say gut reactions. UGH! I must build up to Bee Pollen very very very slowly. I did it once. Starting out with one bead at a time. It took months to get to a decent dose. It is great stuff though, tons of energy!!!! Just like a Bee.
Need to start building up again. Sigh...takes a lot of dilligence.

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Alyson2 (author)2011-11-11

I actually groaned out loud. These look so delicious. And who would have thought that bee pollen would be an ingredient?

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lmnopeas (author)Alyson22011-11-11

Thank you. Bee Pollen is really versatile. You can add it to almost anything and the benefits of using bee pollen are substantial.

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sunshiine (author)2011-11-11

This looks very good! What could a person substitute the bee pollen with? Thanks for sharing!
Sunshiine

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lmnopeas (author)sunshiine2011-11-11

Thank you! You could substitute cinnamon, anise seed or chia. You can even add some cooked quinoa.

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sunshiine (author)lmnopeas2011-11-11

Thanks for replying! I had a bad reaction to bee pollen one time and I avoid it just to be safe. I will try these. Thanks. Sunshiine

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xrobevansx (author)2011-11-11

Bee pollen, as is, can't be digested by the human body. It has a concrete like casing on the outside. You have to really pulverize it and add it to food or eat it plain to ingest it and be able to realize any nutritional benefits.

Oh and if you want to buy a beehive, hit me up! www.EvansCedarBeehives.com

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lmnopeas (author)xrobevansx2011-11-11

I have heard that research is inconclusive and that the human digestive tract is capable of breaking the outer shell, releasing the nutrients. However, when in doubt, you can soak the granule's in warm water before use.

These brownies are for pure enjoyment and anyone looking to use bee pollen as a supplement, should do the research before use.

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xrobevansx (author)lmnopeas2011-11-11

Yeah, the thing is...if you add it to really HOT carrier (tea, cooking in other forms, etc) it breaks down the enzymes and kills any nutritional value so that doesn't really work well either.

Best to break it down and ingest it raw.

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MissouriVillian (author)2011-11-11

If someone uses just cocoa powder instead of grinding nibs is the measurement still one cup? Also, Yummy!

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lmnopeas (author)MissouriVillian2011-11-11

Thanks! You can use cocoa powder, just measure out one whole cup. I would definitely recommend getting some nibs though, to add to the top of the brownies. They add a crunchy chocolatey texture that is just perfect. Theo's nibs are the best I have come across.

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MissouriVillian (author)lmnopeas2011-11-11

May have to try them out then. Do they keep well?

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lmnopeas (author)MissouriVillian2011-11-11

Yes, just keep them in the fridge in an airtight container and they should last up to a month. Maybe even longer.

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)2011-11-11

Great recipe! I had no idea you could buy Bee Pollen.

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Thanks! You should definitely try some if you're not allergic. Bee Pollen is available at most health food stores and you can also find it on Amazon and other online specialty retailers.

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