I’m not so much of a brownie kind of person and I just don’t feel normal being this way with so many brownie lovers out there. That’s why I made these, cos people love the brownie thing and these are to take to afternoon tea, so naturally I wanted to take something to please. People pleaser that I am!
You just know I gave the original brownie recipe a bit of a makeover by making it vegan friendly (goodbye egg and butter) and also a lower gluten count (hello almond flour). Dark dairy free chocolate chips, pecan + a little less sugar make this a lot healthier than your average brownie.
I could have gone the whole hog and really stripped the sugar, omitted the butter for apple sauce but I wanted to be popular and wasn’t sure Russ’s family would appreciate my plant-powered wellness warrior brownie!
The thing is Russ’s twin brother’s other half is the queen of baked goods, in a ‘Great British Bake Off’ type of way, much to the delight his entire family. Come to think of it his sister, grandmother and mother are all baking goddesses, oh god what have I done. Anyhow, these are made with love and great healthy ingredients, who knows these may even turn me into a brownie lover. The thing is I cannot taste them as I can’t really take a tray of brownies with one missing, can I?
Ok, I just tasted one…..and wow, I gotta say they’re delicious. Not my favourite dessert ever, but a mighty fine chocolate treat. Now I definitely gotta try a raw brownie next with a whole lotta date loving going on.
Naturally I’ll be choosing these healthier chocolate fudge brownies this afternoon and here’s why:
low gluten + no refined flours
low carb – hello almond flour
reduced sugar + none of the white stuff either
made with love….so much love. lol
deeply dark chocolate, yum
because I made them of course!
It really is easy to make a recipe healthier, even just by ditching the dairy but if you slightly lower the sugar and select wholegrain flours then you really are making a whole lot of goodness. Most favourite baked goods recipes can be adapted in this way without forfeiting taste and texture. Ain’t that just grand.
Healthier chocolate fudge brownie
(makes 9 squares)
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon crushed flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water)
1/2 cup spelt flour (can use wholewheat or regular all purpose)
1 1/2 cups almond flour (or process almonds into meal)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup dairy free butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup crushed pecans + 1/4 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 175 º C. + line a 12″ baking dish with baking paper – lightly grease. Prepare the flax egg + set aside. Add the flours, salt, baking powder + cocoa to a bowl + combine thoroughly.
2. Place the chocolate chips + dairy free spread in a microwaveable dish + place in the microwave for 45 seconds until melted. Whisk the sugar, vanilla, almond milk + flax egg into the mixture until fully combined. Add this to the dry mix + stir well.
3. Add the pecans + extra chocolate chips to the brownie dough + transfer to lined baking dish. Be sure to push the mixture down well so that it is very compact. Bake for 40 minutes.
4. Leave to cool FULLY before cutting the brownie. Slice into 9 squares + enjoy the brownie love. Store in the fridge for 1 week or freeze on day of baking.