Amazing Cake-like Vegan Brownies

Mission: Bye Bye Sugar / Target: Brownies

Vegan_Brownies_Low-SugarI 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.

Instructions

Ingredients

  • 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+ %)

Baking Tips:

  • 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.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ºC.
  2. Grease 12 muffin tins with vegan margarine or oil.
  3.  Prepare flax eggs by combining flax meal and water in a small bowl. Let mixture rest for roughly 5 minutes.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder to a large bowl and then whisk until ingredients are well-distributed.
  5. 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.
  6. Add wet mixture to the flour mixture and then stir ingredients until they are well-combined.
  7. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  8. Fill each tin about two-thirds full with batter.
  9. Bake for roughly 20 to 25 minutes or until brownies pull away from the sides of the tin.
  10. Cool brownies in the tins until they come out easily; then transfer muffins to the cooling rack.
  11. Enjoy!

Suggested Kitchen Soundtrack

Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/331715-cocoa-powder-health-benefits/

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