Mission: Bye Bye Sugar / Target: Brownies
I believe that when it comes to brownies, there usually are two opposing teams. Those that favor fudge-like brownies and those that prefer cake-like ones. In my opinion, the ideal brownie is one that is a melange of both. My brownie recipe still needs some tweaking until it reaches that state of perfection; however, as compensation for your patience, I would like to present you the following recipe for ultra delicious, low sugar brownies. These cake-like goodies not only taste phenomenal, but are also rich in fiber and antioxidants. To top it off, they are made with cocoa powder, which contains phenethylamine, a neurotransmitter that acts as a natural antidepressant and helps boost happiness levels. Need a pick-me-up? Eat these brownies! Your body and mind will thank you.
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax meal + 6 tablespoon water)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup chopped semi-sweet, dark chocolate (60+ %)
- For even more sweetness or to substitute the sugar entirely, either increase the amount of maple syrup and/or substitute one ripe banana for a flax egg.
- You can use all-purpose flour instead of spelt flour.
- Preheat the oven to 180 ºC.
- Grease 12 muffin tins with vegan margarine or oil.
- Prepare flax eggs by combining flax meal and water in a small bowl. Let mixture rest for roughly 5 minutes.
- Add flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder to a large bowl and then whisk until ingredients are well-distributed.
- Add flax eggs, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, oil and water to a medium-sized bowl and then whisk until the ingredients are well-combined.
- Add wet mixture to the flour mixture and then stir ingredients until they are well-combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Fill each tin about two-thirds full with batter.
- Bake for roughly 20 to 25 minutes or until brownies pull away from the sides of the tin.
- Cool brownies in the tins until they come out easily; then transfer muffins to the cooling rack.
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