7 July 2015: Recipe - chocolate brownies 2 ways….(not your usual)

 

These are not your standard brownies. But don't be deterred - they are still delicious.

Chocolate is pretty much a staple in this house. But I haven’t yet been ready to introduce that to my 2 year old. However I am happy to make her what she calls chocolate and is in fact a brownie that incorporates vegetables and cocoa both of which should be part of any happy healthy tummy - whilst avoiding refined flours, gluten and sugar. The 2 versions use different ingredients – one uses zucchini and almond meal and the other sweet potato and coconut flour, but both are incredibly moist and there is no way that you would know they contain vegetables. Although I must admit I don’t try to hide them from her – in fact I tell her that what makes them so delicious are the zucchinis and sweet potatoes (because its true), plus she always helps me make them. She is OK at mixing but excellent at ‘quality control’ - lots of the mix does not actually make it into the pan (one of the reasons why I haven't included a pan size in the recipes).  The vegetables add some sweetness to the mix, added to by a touch of maple syrup or honey (or you could also use dates). These are very quick to make and in reality you could throw the whole lot into the food processor or blender - but that misses all the fun and the mess that is behind the whole point of making them in this house!

Try them both and let me know which one is your favourite - the jury is out here…….

Zucchini and almond brownies:

3 small zucchinis or two larger ones – finely grated or whizzed in the food processor.

2 cups almond meal

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla paste

3 tbs cocoa powder

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 tsp baking powder

Mix everything together, or use a food processor and then pour into a pan. Cook in preheated oven at 160C for 30 mins until cooked.

 

Sweet potato brownies:

1 medium sized sweet potato roasted in skin, skin removed and mashed (I throw the whole sweet potato in the oven when I am making something else and cook until nice and soft. I have used the orange as well as the purple ones and both work really well).

3 tbs coconut flour

2 tbs cocoa

1 tsp vanilla paste

½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ cup butter, melted

¼ cup maple syrup

3 eggs, lightly whisked

Combine all the ingredients well and pour into pan. Bake at 160C for 30 mins until cooked.