Easy Gluten Free Vegan Brownie
“Anything is good if it's made of chocolate". Jo Brand
Hello and welcome to this first recipe post! I love to bake, and I have always had a sweet tooth. Since I studied nutrition, and know how really bad sugar can be for your health, I stopped cooking and baking with refined sugar but I still loves my sweet treats. So I came up with many dessert recipes that are refined-sugar free. I can't wait to share them all with you. For example today, I replaced sugar with dates as my people in the Sahara have been doing for centuries. A classic drink in my family is slowly cooking dates in a tea pot with gunpowder and dried mint leaves. So good!
Today's recipe is an incredibly decadent brownie that is as delicious as nutritious. I also love that it is organic, gluten-free, vegan and added-sugar free! The two main ingredients are 100% dark chocolate and roasted organic hazelnuts. In order for the recipe to be gluten-free, I replaced wheat flour with hazelnuts and cornstarch (which acts as a tickening agent). For the brownie to be vegan, I swapped eggs with homemade applesauce and butter with olive oil. For it to be added-sugar free, I replaced the sugar with powdered medjool dates.
Chocolate is really good for you. I am not talking about junk "chocolate" found in highly processed foods. I am referring to dark chocolate which has been long considered as a healing plant, a mood enhancer or even an aphrodisiac. It is highly concentrated in potassium, copper, magnesium and iron. Research suggest that it is also good for your heart and for your brain. It is loaded with antioxydants, that have anti-aging properties and makes your skin glow. No wonder the plant's botanical name, Theobroma cacao, literally means “food of the gods”!
Hazelnuts are together with almonds and pistachios, my very favorite nuts. They are very high in energy and packed with numerous essential nutrients. They are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic as well as essential fatty acid, linoleic acid that helps lower bad cholesterol and rise good cholesterol. They are also packed with dietary fiber, vitamins such as folate, Vitamin E, B-complex group of vitamins, and minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
Now that we know how good this recipe is for us, let's move to actually making it. Are you ready? Yes? Yes!
200 g 100 % Chocolate
200 g Hazelnuts flour
30g of medjoul dates sugar (pitted, oven dried and grinded)
1 teaspoon baking soda
8 tablespoon of any vegetable oil
300 g unsweetened apple sauce
60 g (or more) of any nuts you like
A dash of sea salt
A drop of vanilla extract
Pre heat the oven at 160-180 °C.
I make the roasted hazelnuts flour myself blending them my vitamix pro 500. I also make the dates sugar myself by pitting the dates, drying them in the oven at 200°C and grinding them again with my vitamix.
Melt the chocolate in bain-marie. In a bowl, mix in this order the hazelnut flour, cornstarch, baking soda, dates sugar, oil and the homemade applesauce.
Add the melted chocolate to mix.
Add nuts + sea salt + vanilla extract and mix well.
Oil a baking pan and pour the mix in there. Don’t forget to eat whatever is left in the bowl ;-). It is so soooo good!
Bake for about 25 minutes or depending on your oven until top of the brownie is hard/matt.
Please do not over bake, or else the inside would not be moist as it should be!
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