12 Apr Chocolate Fudge Courgette Brownies
With Easter just around the corner, thoughts are turning towards spring, and well–towards chocolate!
Being partly Belgian, the mere thought of writing a piece on healthy chocolate had me salivating – well that’s my excuse anyway!
If you are going to put a little chocolate in your basket, why not choose antioxidant-rich dark chocolate that’s organic or fair trade? Dark chocolate contains high cocoa content with a large amount of flavonoids.
For vegans, vegetarians and those with dairy or wheat intolerances you may think Easter is for you but there are plenty of safe, tasty and guilt free options…and while there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a few sweet treats, there are some great alternatives for a healthier Easter.
Healthy Chocolate Fudge Courgette Brownies
• 100g shredded courgette (use a food processor for fine shreds)
• 80g applesauce
• 270g water
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 3 tbsp flaxmeal
• 2 tbsp coconut oil
• 65g cocoa powder
• 135g coconut flour
• 1/2 tsp organic sodium (rock salt)
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 150g sugar of choice (I used honey)
• 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips, optional
Preheat oven to 180C, and line a large baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together shredded courgette, applesauce, water, vanilla extract, flaxmeal, and coconut oil. Let sit for 5 minutes.
In a separate bowl combine cocoa powder, coconut flour, organic sodium (rock salt), baking soda, honey, plus mini dark chocolate chips. Pour wet into dry, stir until evenly mixed, then pour into the baking dish.
Press down firmly, using some parchment paper, until the brownie batter evenly covers the pan. Bake for 20 minutes, down hard with another sheet of parchment. Let courgette brownies sit for 15 minutes before trying to cut into squares, and if at all possible wait until the next day to eat them. If you’ve got the patience, they will be twice as flavoursome! Tip: as a general rule, cutting brownies with a plastic knife prevents crumbling.
This recipe was inspired by http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com and eaten by Chris James