This chocolate brownie is good for you, and your mood!
(and it's gluten-free and dairy-free, too!)
I'm so excited! I've just baked the yummiest, healthy, chocolate brownies ever..... and it actually worked! I have to admit that 'healthy' versions of old favourites don't always turn out for me (like my ANZAC biscuit disaster back in April), and I've had some serious fails, but these actually work! Yay!
Why They're Good For You.
Chocolate: I'm using organic, raw cacao powder (as well as an organic, 70% dark chocolate which is optional in this recipe, but seriously, why would you leave it out?!), and those of you who follow my posts and recipes, will know that cacao is great source of magnesium and antioxidants. Magnesium is one the key minerals required by our nervous system and we become quite depleted during times of stress. But technicalities aside, few could argue that chocolate doesn't just generally make them feel good! Right?
Fats: Your brain needs good fats - lots of them! So this recipe contains eggs, coconut oil, coconut flour and walnuts, to provide a healthy dose of beneficial fats to feed your brain.
Macro-nutrient balanced: Whilst these aren't necessarily an every day food, they are balanced in protein, fats and carbohydrates, and even provide a little serve of vegetable (and beta-carotene) in the form of low GI, sweet potato! Because there are also no processed and refined sugars in this, and because of all the good fats, eating this won't create a huge spike, and then fall, in your blood sugar levels.
Having stable blood sugars is on the key nutritional strategies in treating anxiety and depression!
- 3 cups of raw, grated rated sweet potato (about one med-lge sweet potato)
- 3 Tbs coconut flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 vanilla bean with the seeds scraped out (or about 2 tspn of a good quality vanilla extract)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tspn baking soda
- Optional: 50g good quality, 70% (or higher) dark chocolate - roughly chopped *
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
2. Put the grated sweet potato, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla and maple syrup into a bowl and mix well. I just used a wooden spoon but you can use any fancy mixing machine you like.
2. Next, add in the dry ingredients: cacao powder, coconut flour, baking soda and walnuts. Mix thoroughly until everything is well combined.
3. Spoon the mixture into individual greased muffin papers and push down with a spoon or fork.
4. Sprinkle the chopped dark chocolate in the middle of each brownie.
5. Bake for 30 minutes.
- When they come out of the oven, they will be super gooey, but as they cool, they will firm up a little (but still stay moist and fudgy).
- You don't have to make these as individual brownies, if you prefer, pop the mixture into a 25x25cm cake tin for traditional square brownies, and adjust cooking time.
- Makes 15.
* Technically, unless you're specifically using a vegan or dairy-free dark chocolate, these won't be paleo (but who cares)! ;)
I just love the fact that you don't even need to cook the sweet potato first, and everything is just thrown together in 1 bowl! That's my kind of cooking!
I hope you enjoy!!!