Chocolate Brownie

Chocolate Brownies with Aubergines and Avocado… surely not?!

It’s almost the weekend, so I thought it would be a good time to send a Chocolate Brownie recipe out!  A friend of mine gave me some aubergines from the glut they had in their garden….  so what was I to do with them??  And then I remembered a great recipe I had seen but not tried:

Chocolate Brownies with Aubergines!

Well, these Chocolate Brownie were a real hit in my house and with my friend who supplied the aubergines.  I can honestly say that they didn’t last very long… so here is my version of the original recipe so you can see another way of getting more vegetables into your diet, and the kids!

Chocolate Brownie

Ingredients:
200g diced aubergine
100g coconut oil, melted
60g cacao powder
60g organic butter, melted
65g pitted dates, chopped
2tbsp honey
½ tsp salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
80g ground almonds.

Pre heat the oven to 170 degrees C.

Steam the aubergines for 15 minutes until they are soft.

In the blender add the coconut oil, cacao powder, butter, dates, honey, bi carbonate of soda and blend together until smooth.  Then add the cooked /drained aubergines and blend again.

Wait a few minutes for the mixture to cool down and then add the ground almonds and the eggs.  Blend / pulse until the mixture in totally combined.

Spread the mixture out into a medium sized baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.  It is cooked through the your knife comes out clean.

Serve with a spoon of natural full fat yohgurt or some chia berry jam!  (Chia Jam recipe is here: https://www.inspiredwellbeing.org/2016/12/16/recipe-linseed-bread-chia-jam/)

 

If you’re not an aubergine, or you have other vegetables/fruits to use up – here is another great chocolate brownie recipe.  It too is gluten/grain free, refined sugar free and supports a healthy digestive system!

Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownie Recipe
Ingredients

1 avocado
1 cup cooked sweet potato purée
½ cup applesauce(I just used blended apple)
¼–½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
¼ cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder(I didn’t use this)
½ cup cacao powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F or 175C and grease 8×8 inch pan with coconut oil and line it with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine avocado, sweet potato, apple sauce, honey and vanilla. Once these are creamy add in cacao powder.

Then add in eggs, one at a time.

In a separate bowl, combine coconut flour, arrowroot flour, salt and baking soda.

Combine both mixtures until smooth. Transfer to greased pan and bake for 25–35 minutes. Make sure you regularly check the brownies with a knife to see when your brownies are ready, your knife will come out clean

I didn’t make these ones, but David did…..so it must be easy!  They have a great texture and keep well in an air tight container for about 4-5 days….. if not eaten before!

Happy baking!

Vitamin C Boost Powder

Boost your Immunity this Autumn…. Vitamin C Boost

Can you feel the change in the air…..  Autumn is here and now is the time to boost your immune system with food source Vitamin C Boost.

If you are beginning to feel the first sniffles of a cold or a sore throat coming on, it is time to super charge your health.  Autumn is often a very busy time of the year so it’s important that you get the nutrients that you need.

Vitamin C is one vitally important nutrient that our bodies require on a daily basis.  Especially since humans do not have the ability to make it (as most other mammals do!), we need to consume it in our food.  Vitamin C is water soluble and is not stored well, so regular in take is necessary for good health.  There are a number of factors which use it up more rapidly, so if you are exposed to any of the following – then it’s time to up your intake!

Emotional or physical stress (including trauma or loss)
Alcohol, smoking or medical / recreational drugs
Viral infection

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You can gain good quantities of vitamin C from many every day foods such as:

Bell peppers, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, all berries (strawberry, raspberry, black/red currants), kiwi fruits, tomatoes, parsley, cauliflower and mango).

Good food is often neglected when life gets busy and we struggle to have time or energy to prepare quality meals.  So we have prepared a powder mix of natural vitamin C from the highest food sources available, just for you!

Our Vitamin C boost powder contains a mix of Goji Berry, Camu Camu, Acerola and a little Acai.  These are some of the rich sources available, in fact Camu Camu and Acerola are the richest foods sources available!  We have blended these with iron rich Goji powder to round off the flavour and added Acai for extra flavanoids.

Vitamin C Boost Powder

This Vitamin C Boost will help to support your vitality and strength through the winter months. Loaded with essential phyto nutrients that will protect your immunity, eyes and be supportive to the adrenal glands. Vitamin C is required to help produce collagen for healthy skin elasticity.

You can or more about it here where it is available in our shop to purchase.

Our Vitamin C Boost Powder can top up your daily intake of vitamin C.  It is easily absorbed and has a pleasant fruity flavour that you can mix with water, juice or a smoothie.  In times of stress we can miss the diverse mix of fruits and vegetables and this option can support your health.

 

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