Easy, energy boosting chocolate brownies

I use cacao powder for my yummy chocolate brownies, in overnight oats, smoothies, in banana bread and I even use the cacao nibs as a salad topper. It might sounds strange but due to their nutty/earthy taste, they add a great crunchy texture and they are so, so good for you.

I LOVE cacao because it's a little chocolatey pick-me-up with none of the refined sugar and ALL the benefits...

Cacao is packed with magnesium and iron to boost energy.

It's contains one of highest amounts of magnesium, the mineral responsible for helping us sleep well and handle stress better.

It's particularly high in antioxidants and flavonoids which are anti-inflammatory and can help to boost immune response.

Cacao contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is sometimes known as the “love drug.” Although PEA cannot technically make you fall in love, it is associated with elevated moods and higher energy levels, so really who said chocolate is bad for you?

For these delicious, guilt-free brownies, you will need the below:

Ingredients:

  • 100g oats (this will be your non-refined flour)
  • 1tsp bicarb
  • 40g cacao powder
  • 175g nut butter of choice (I used almond) plus another 50g for the swirly topping
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 120ml plant based milk (use regular milk if you want)
  • 80g maple syrup (or honey)
  • 80g coconut sugar (you can use normal but I recommend coconut as it isn’t refined)
  • 50g dairy-free choc chips (you can also use normal but opt for dark)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 160 fan/180 Line a 20cm x 20cm baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Blitz the oats in a food processor until they are fine like a flour & pour into a bowl and stir in the bicarb and cacao powder.
  • Pop 175g of nut butter, vanilla essence, milk, maple syrup and coconut sugar into the blender – blend till smooth.
  • Poor the sticky mixture onto your oats mixture and whisk to combine.
  • Fold in the choccie chips.
  • Spread the mixture into your baking tray.
  • Spoon over the remaining 50g nut butter and use a knife to drag it through the top of the mixture to make swirls.
  • Bake for 20-25 mins until firm to the touch in the centre but so that the mixture still wobbles a bit in the tray when you shake it….that's the secret to the perfect brownie – only bake it until it still has a wobble to it!
  • Allow to cool in the tray for 15 mins before turning it out to cool fully.

Delicious and so easy to make, lets us know what you think in the comments below.

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