These brownies are a beautiful treat to reward yourself after an intense workout, a difficult day or for one of those days where you need some chocolate indulgence. Brownies are often associated with naughtiness but a healthy version of dark chocolate brownies made from scratch is both undoubtedly delicious and decadent. They have no refined sugars and they contain healthy fats, fibre, protein, and antioxidants like good quality dark chocolate. I had no dark chocolate in the house last sunday, so used dark organic cocoa powder instead and got them ready for the oven within minutes before the Master Chef finale !
Serves about 15
Time to prep: 10 mins
Time to bake :25-30 minutes
28 g or about 5 ounces of high quality organic 60-70% cocoa dark chocolate
1/2 of organic coconut oil
2/3 of agave nectar
1/2 cup of ground almonds
A pinch of maldon sea salt
1/4 cup of gluten free self raising flour or another type of flour you may prefer using
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
2 organic free range eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon of bourbon vanilla essence
Preheat your oven to 180-195 degrees Celsius. Line a square baking pan with parchment paper, or spread some coconut oil well with a kitchen towel.Aim for a baking pan of about 8 inch by 8 inch
Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat, and stir gently. If using dry cocoa powder, then you can add it to the bowl with the other dry ingredients.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the agave nectar, almond flour, the gluten-free flour, Maldon sea salt, and baking soda. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten eggs, vanilla extract and melted chocolate mixture. Beat for about under 2 minutes long and allow the batter to come together .At first it will seem like a thin cake batter but do continue to beat it until it becomes smooth .Spread the mixture evenly in the tray and with a spatula
Add cocoa nibs/ dark chocolate chips to the top of the brownie mix once in the tray, and press in lightly.
Bake in the centre for about 30 mins or until the brownies have set
Cool on a wire rack once ready
Allow to chill for 1 hr before cutting if you wish or have them warm and gooey with a cup of tea
For nutty dark chocolate brownies, add chopped hazelnuts or almonds in the mixture before baking