Truffle or Brownie? Maybe Truffle! No No, Brownies Please!!
I am kind of obsessed with these as they are healthy(in a desert sort of way) and not too sweet and very adaptable at all stages. So let's say we don't have pistachios then we can replace them with any topping available and so & so as you go along. Be creative, please! Cooking is the perfect union of science and creativity and thus should not be taken too literary and absolute at any phase and having fun should be the only goal.
Well let us start with the base of chocolate truffle/brownie and then we can tweak the recipe in the final stages depending upon our mood to eat either chocolate truffle or chocolate brownie.
1. One cup of instant oats (Quaker, unprocessed, the regular kind) 2. One cup of roasted almonds (whole) 3. 1/3 cup cocoa powder 4. Blend all three in the food processor until you get a pretty fine flour and then sieve it (just to have no unevenness and it also kinds of sounds chefy!). 5. Meanwhile, soak four dates in 1/3 cup very hot water for around 30 minutes and then put it in the food processor along with 1/3 cup of maple syrup and a pinch of cardamom and salt and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. If you have cocoa butter than add a teaspoon of it along with a tablespoon of cocoa nibs(both are optional but makes the mixture oh so decadent!)
Now comes the deciding part. If we want truffle than we will take our flour and add the sweet liquid mixture gradually and only enough to make a dough, with some liquid goodness leftover to be mixed with milk to make a bonus chocolate milkshake! Shape the dough into round shapes (or any weird shape of our choice), coat it with cocoa powder and some pistachio dust and voila, we have our chocolate truffle.
If we are craving chocolate brownies then add 2 pinches of baking soda to the flour and put in in the food processor which already had the sweet goodness in it and run it for a few seconds. We definitely should use our hands to make half inch thick voguish shaped brownies and place it on parchment paper and bake them at 320 degrees for about 10 minutes or so till they are slightly firm and pretty.
Enjoy them now.