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RECIPE: Espresso Walnut Brownies for Breast Cancer Prevention

Did you know that certain foods can be used to lower your risk of breast cancer? Try these espresso walnut brownies to take advantage of the benefits!

By: Emma Stessman

Since it’s Women’s History Month we’re celebrating all the amazing things women have done, and all the amazing things they can keep on doing with the help of these delicious, breast cancer-preventing espresso walnut brownies.


Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in American women, but recent research shows that certain foods can help lower your risk of developing this particular form of cancer. These brownies from Minimalist Baker are loaded with cancer-fighting ingredients, like coffee, cocoa and walnuts.

Not to mention, they’re easy to make and delicious, so give them a try!

Did you know eating certain combos of foods can help fight cancer? Try one of these six combinations!

Espresso Walnut Brownies


  • 1.5 cups raw walnuts, divided
  • 1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
2 – 2 1/2 cups Medjool or Deglet Nour dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder or raw cacao if you have it
  • 1-2 tsp espresso powder or finely ground coffee (depending on preference)
  • pinch sea salt


  1. Place one cup walnuts and one cup almonds in food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. Add the cocoa powder or cacao, espresso powder, and sea salt. Pulse to combine and then transfer to bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the dates to the food processor and process until small bits remain. Remove from bowl and set aside.
  4. Add nut and cocoa mixture back into food processor and while processing, drop small handfuls of the date pieces into the food processor spout. Process until a dough consistency is achieved, adding more dates if the mixture does not hold together when squeezed in your hand.
  5. Pour the brownie mixture to a small parchment-lined cake pan or loaf pan and add remaining 1/2 cup of roughly-chopped walnuts. Toss to combine and evenly distribute, and then press down with your hands until it is flat and firm.
  6. Place in freezer or fridge to chill before cutting. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh. Will keep in the fridge for at least two weeks and in the freezer for at least two months.

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