Healthy Chocolate Brownie (Yes Healthy)!!!
100g (4oz) good quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
Plus 50g (2oz) finely chopped into chips
150g (5 ½ oz) coconut oil, butter or dairy free margarine
100g (4oz) Xylitol
2 ripe bananas, mashed
4 large eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract (not artificial flavouring vanilla)
150g (5 ½ oz) ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder
25g (1oz) cocoa powder
200g (7oz) hazelnuts, chopped
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4
Line a 22cm (9in) baking tin with baking paper
Melt 100g of chocolate over a bain marie (bowl over boiling water) or in the microwave
Cream the oil, butter or margarine and xylitol until soft and fluffy, then either blend in the rest of the ingredients in a food processor or, do it by hand.
Beat in the chocolate, bananas, beaten eggs, vanilla extract and then stir in the chocolate chips, ground almonds, baking powder, cocoa powder and chopped hazelnuts
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for around 20 minutes or until the mixture no longer wobbles when shaken and the top is just firm to touch. You don’t want to cook it for too long or the brownies will lose their squidgy quality. Leave to cool, then cut into slices for serving
(Holford P “Delicious, Healthy, Sugar-Free”)
George is the Nutritional Therapist at Cotswold Better Health. She qualified at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2006 and has been a practising Nutritionist ever since.