Sweet Treat Option: Vegan Brownie Recipe
It’s quite common to wonder what I eat that isn’t full of unhealthy ingredients, especially full of preservatives and sugar … Yesterday I was in my baking mode and decided to bake some Vegan Brownies. Thinking of Food education and Diet transition, it is quite interesting to share with others that alternatives to unhealthy sweets are possible and it can be quite easy and practical to make.
My brownies took on 15 mins on my time to be ready and another 15-20 to cook. I used all the organic ingredients that I normally purchase in a healthy shop or in a supermarket but this is of course an option. I will share the ingredients first and the simple way to make them …
2 Cups of organic flour (I didn’t use a gluten free option but you can definitely use that one)
2 cups of Xylitol (natural sweetener)
¾ of unsweetened cocoa powder (you can choose a raw option or not). (I mixed mine with an organic raw cocoa mixture that I have that has three different types of cocoa plus maca powder).
2 spoons of grinded nuts (you can do it yourself, or buy those pre-made ones that has flaxseeds, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts etc.)
1/5 teaspoon of Himalayan sault
1 teaspoon of baking powder (or baking soda)
1 cup of Almond milk diluted with a tiny bit of water (I used 2 cups)
1 cup of vegetable oil (I used Organic Sunflower oil for half cup and the other half I used the Organic Sunflower spread – I like what does to the texture).
*If you have vanilla extract you can add it too …I didn’t have this time*
Directions are simple and straight forward: You can preheat the oven 175 degrees C while you are preparing the mixture. I normally leave the baking pan also ready, I spread the sunflower spread on it and add flour on top, then I take the excess of the flour away so it remains tidy.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, xylitol, cocoa powder, the grind nuts, baking powder and the salt. Once it’s all mixed, add the sunflower spread first, and create that lovely tick mixture. Add in the milk, vegetable oil and if you have the vanilla extract; mix until well blended.
Spread evenly in the baking pan and bake for 15-20 mins. This will depend of your oven and of your preferred choice…you prefer a brownie that is drier or softer? Do not open the oven before 15mins…after 15mins you can try with a knife to see if the texture is how you like or if its too liquid/soft for you. One tip is that the top won’t be no longer shinny so it’s a sign that is drying it up.
YOU CAN EITHER eat straight away with peanut butter or almond butter & jam or let cool for at least 5-10mins before cutting into squares. I waited between 3-5mins, cut all the squares and started eating them on it’s on. Day after I had it with the nut butter & jam.
Always listen your cooking intuition, if you feel like a gluten free flour for example is too drying, then add more milk to counterbalance…or if you risk feeling constipated or bloated when eating cakes/brownies then avoid having them after 6pm … Using our discernment is always great! *Ideally do not eat it with liquids, let the body digest it with its own stomach acids but if needed sip something warm – sip only!
Hope you enjoy!!!