There is nothing more comforting than cuddling up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, a blanket and a home-baked treat. It makes the whole house smell amazing and there’s something quite satisfying about eating something you’ve concocted entirely on your own. This brings me to today’s recipe…
I was challenged by ao.com to create “a deceivingly decadent dessert” from a batch of ingredients they would send me. Always up for a challenge (and any excuse to make healthy desserts) I waited for my package to arrive.
When it did, it contained buckwheat flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil, agave syrup, almond butter, cacao powder, hazelnuts and almonds… I knew straight away that I wanted to make my healthy chocolate brownie recipe that for some reason, I’ve never actually shared on this blog. I managed to tweak my own recipe slightly to include all the ingredients I was sent, and I’m thrilled at how the brownies turned out – and I have it on good authority from my official taste tester (Seth) that they are delicious.
Let’s jump right in shall we?
To make 9 good sized brownies you will need:
- 400g bananas – blended to a pulp
- 80g raw nuts – roughly chopped (I used 40g hazelnuts, 40g almonds and blended them roughly in the vitamix)
- 110g buckwheat flour
- 1 tbs coconut nectar (like sugar)
- 3 tbs light agave syrup
- 2 tbs raw cacao powder
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 1.5 tbs almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (not essence)
Heat your oven to 180 degrees C.
Then (the next part is so easy, you will feel like you’re cheating) blend all your ingredients together in one big bowl and set aside side to rest…
Line a muffin tray with little squares of parchment paper & spoon the mixture out evenly:
Trust me, this is one bowl you’ll want to lick…
Add a hazelnut to each one (and if you’re feeling really fancy, you can spoon a bit of almond butter into the centre of each one before baking too for a melty, nutty surprise):
And pop in the oven for 15 minutes. (If you like them gooey, take them out after 10 mins and check consistency – I wanted them more of a ‘muffin’ texture so left them in for longer, but it’s entirely up to you).
While you’re waiting, grab a cup of tea.
Before you know it, the timer will ping and Voila!
The most perfect, banana-ry, chocolate-y, nutty brownies you’ve ever tasted – and without any of the bad stuff.
The only thing left to do is get stuck in… perfect with a dollop of home-made nutella, some almond butter or even some fresh cream & berries.
Eat them hot – it’s the best way!
It honestly couldn’t be simpler.
Let me know if you give this a go, and if you do – please tag me using #CookwithQM and #aocooks so I can share your photo.