Ever on the hunt for more good food, I took out Lauren Parsons' book "Real food, less fuss" from the public library this week. In doing so I discovered not only a great informational book on nutritious eating, but the best, healthiest chocolate brownie recipe ever! No kidding, this actually tastes like chocolate brownie, and yet it is packed with good nutrients. For once, this recipe actually made more than our family needed (meaning I could put a whole lot in the freezer for another night's dessert), and it was pretty cheap to make compared to many other healthy dessert recipes. It's also vegan friendly and could easily be converted to gluten free. This recipe would be an ideal one to make during pregnancy and then freeze in individual portions for you and your family to enjoy in the newborn phase. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
1/3 cup of cacao or cocoa powder
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
90g dark chocolate, chopped
60g raw walnuts (we did half walnuts, half Brazil nuts)
1 cup stewed apple*
3/4 cup date puree*
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees C (340F) and line a square baking dish.
- Combine the first four dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Chop the chocolate and nuts and mix in all the remaining ingredients until just combined. Avoid over-mixing.
- Transfer to the baking dish and press down flat. Cook for 25-30mins until set in the centre. Allow to cool for 10mins before cutting with a sharp knife.
Serves 12, prep time 10mins, cook time 30mins
Remove cores of 3-4 apples, leaving skin on. Chop, place in pot with 1/2 cup of hot water. Bring to a gentle simmer with the lid on. Cook stirring occasionally for 15mins until soft, then blend with a stick blender.
Place 2 cups of dates and 1 cup of boiling water in a food processor with an S blade. Leave to soak for 5mins, then blend until smooth.