Brownie bites

Makes 20

Ingredients:​

  • 180g light cholesterol spread

  • 175g unrefined brown sugar (or sweetening equivalent such as blitzed up Medjool dates)

  • 3 tbsp high grade maple syrup

  • 2 eggs

  • 100g cocoa powder or raw cacao if making a vegan batch

  • 80g wholemeal plain flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • Splash of vanilla extract

  • 80g of chopped nuts (I like to mix pecans and walnuts)

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 fan.

  • Beat the butter and the sugar together in a big bowl until well combined.

  • Add in the egg and beat well to combine. I just use a wooden spoon and a bowl for all this, it doesn't need to be elaborate. 

  • Add the vanilla and the cocoa and beat to a sumptuous chocolatey goo. 

  • Add the flour, baking powder and nuts and stir to combine. Don't beat too much now or it'll get tough. 

  • Spoon into a greased cake tin. I use a couple of loaf tins so you get more edges, but a round 9-inch cake tin or a square 8-inch will work nicely, too. 

  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. I like mine fudgy in the middle but set on top so I take it out after 20. 

  • Leave to cool completely in the tin and then cut into 20 even pieces, lever out with a pallet knife and enjoy.

Health

  • Walnuts are excellent for your heart as they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. 

  • There is some sugar in this recipe, but not much. It translates to about 5/6% of your recommended daily carbohydrate allowance. If you rather avoid sugar, it can be replaced with a lower GI alternative, such as dates or syrups. If using a wet ingredient, be mindful you may need an additional 10-20g of flour. 

  • Cocoa is thought to be quite a nice source of antioxidants called flavonoids, which might play a hand in 'relaxing' blood vessels. 

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