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I decided to prepare healthy Brownies with a spin! I was very inspired by one particular ingredient, and I wanted to add it to a treat so to enjoy food that is nourishing whilst delicious and comforting! I am also honouring BWFOas they got in touch with me after trying my last fudgy brownies recipe!
I implemented as many ingredients from the delivery as possible, and sharing their health benefits too!
The recipe below is not gluten free, although it can easily be made so. As flour base I mixed half Barley (contains gluten) and half Buckwheat (Gluten Free)
Sure,Barleydoes contain gluten and therefore not suitable for gluten sensitivities and celiac, but, if ok with this grain, it contains amazing nutritional properties I did not want to pass on! Barley contains an incredible amount of fibre and has been linked to lowering cholesterol and helping with diabetes.
Barley is one of the oldest grains, going back to medieval times. It contain impressive amounts of selenium, copper, B vitamins, Chromium(deficient in most commercial grains) which is so important for regulating blood sugar. It contains magnesium and niacin (B3), key to bind with chromium (yes nature is perfect).
Buckwheatflour is, on the other hand, completely suitable for those on a gluten free diet and also contains amazing nutrients. Starting with fibre again, as the majority of people, who are not on wholesome diets, struggle to get enough of! High in antioxidants rutin, tannins and catechin, which is why you will hear people call Buckwheat a superfood! Its also rich in much needed minerals such as Manganese, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron! I must say, when people drastically cut out grains, especially ancient grains, I always wonder why. We have become terrified of carbohydrates, especially starchy ones, but there are so many benefits in having them in our diet, even if sure, in moderation, as we should with all things.
To add to the dry base, I used raw cacao and beetroot powders.
Raw cacao has been in the list of superfoods for a while and I really feel it will hold its title forever! When it comes to nature’s perfection, food is a reminder of how it all comes into place! Cacao has the highest antioxidants content between all fruits known to man, and also contains high amounts of magnesium, iron and it has been linked to feel good hormones such as serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine. It also contains more calcium than found in dairy! YAY!
Beetroot Powder! This the new kid on the block in the superfood department! Not many people use it yet, but I love it in lattes, smoothies and now, yes, in brownies! Beetroot is an antioxidant powerhouse and contains Vitamins A, B6 and C, magnesium, iron, folate, potassium, iron, calcium, proteins, and soluble fiber. Beetroot is helpful for chronic fatigue, to help the liver and blood cleanse and also to manage oestrogen in women.
Chia seeds, a fabulous egg replacement and definitively key to this recipe! Also high in fibre, of course, it comes with a great amount of protein, omega 3, iron and calcium! Yep, here goes calcium again, and not in dairy!
Coconut oil is always a great replacement for butter as it is thick and creamy and contains health benefits too! We do not need much of it and I personally don’t use it for all my cooking, but when baking, I feel I need this extra bit and it is great that it helps the brain and reducing inflammation in the body! As a side note, I like to use Coconut oil topically too with essential oils. “Let thy food be thy… skincare” I say!
The usual suspects such as Maple syrup and nuts are also part of the recipe below and we are familiar with them already! Time to get baking!
3 Tbsp chia seeds and 10 Tbsp of warm water (may need to add more to make the consistency egg like as the seeds expand)
125ml coconut oil
4 Tbsp Maple syrup
50g cacao powder
20g Beetroot powder
100g Buckwheat flour
100g Barley flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp vanilla essence
60g chopped roasted hazelnuts
2 cups oat milk (may need to add more if needed)
Preheat the oven at 180 º C
Add warm water to flax seeds and keep it aside.
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, cacao, beetroot and baking powder). Mix well.
Combine the wet ingredients in another bowl (flax seeds+water, coconut oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup. Mix well.
Combine the dry and wet ingredients and mix well. Add oat milk as needed. Then blend in nuts
Pour the mixture in a baking pan with baking paper and bake at 180 º C for about 30 minutes.
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