Vegan chocolate brownies

I am thinking of trying a vegan diet for a little while, with it potentially becoming a more permanent lifestyle change. I was thinking about becoming a vegetarian for a while, but then realised that with dairy already cut out the only thing left before vegetarian becomes vegan is eggs (that’s right isn’t it?!) I do like eggs, so we will see. But I have started off my experiment with chocolate brownies, of course.

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Ingredients: 

110g Pure Sunflower spread

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

4 tbsp milled flaxseed (available at good health food stores)

6 tbsp rice milk

4 heaped tbsp cocoa powder

175g light brown muscavado sugar

100g self raising flour

Couple of drops of vanilla extract

Handful of chopped walnuts (or other nuts of your choice)

Handful of cacao nibs (optional)

Pinch of salt

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease a square baking tray. (You could line with greaseproof paper as mine did stick slightly when getting them out but I also used a pyrex dish)
  • Mix together the flaxseeds, rice milk and baking powder.
  • Melt the pure butter and then add cocoa powder and mix until smooth.
  • Pour this on flaxseed mix, add the sugar, vanilla, cacao nibs and nuts and mix well.
  • Sift in flour and pinch of salt and stir well. Mixture will be nice a gooey!
  • Pour into tin and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Leave to cool before cutting into squares and transferring to plate.
  • Enjoy!

Next time I might try substituting a small amount of the butter for coconut oil and adding goji berries, crystalised ginger, raisins or hazelnuts. White chocolate chunks would also be delish if you have dairy free. Whatever you fancy! They taste great and I am looking forward to finding out if Tim approves later!

 

 

 

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For Goodness Shake!

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This is how I started my weekend! (I really need to stop using my phone to take photo’s, it is rubbish!) A healthy chocolate milkshake, no added sugar, dairy free, full of natural goodness! The dates give it all the sweetness you need, the raw cacao is healthy and tasty and well worth purchasing if you are going dairy free or just want to make healthy chocolate goodies, kale is jam packed with nutritional benefits and this is a great way to get your daily dose of greens and the banana and oats are slow releasing energy foods, making a perfect breakfast.

Recipe:

1 x banana (fresh or frozen)

Handful fresh washed kale (you could also try spinach or a mix of both)

Almond milk or alternative milk (about 300ml) or you can use half milk half water

1 teaspoon natural vanilla essence

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (or dairy free cocoa powder)

3 x pitted dates

A few ice cubes

Handful of oats (optional)

Handful cashew nuts (optional)

 

Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy!