Today was pretty hectic! I finished a big editing job on the last minute, medicated some of the kittens, fixed up the sick kitten room to prevent them eating rust, wrapped presents (badly), and barely made it to the shower and out in time for a girl’s day out with pals. The easiest part of the day (apart from the post-girl’s lunch shopping) was baking these brownies. Honestly, it’s the most relaxing thing in the world to set aside less than 10 minutes for assembly and then go do other stuff whilst this just becomes glorious in the oven. Yum!
These brownies were my little holiday gift to the girls. We’re pretty broke from buying a house so this year it’s all handmade gifts (other than for the siblings, possibly), and these were all odds and ends I had in the house. Nothing says “friendship high-five” like homemade brownies, methinks!
- 2 cups steamed cubed sweet potato, cooled
- 2 medium bananas (240g)
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup sugar of choice (can be sugar replacer)
- 1 TBSP flax powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
- 1/8 cup + 1 TBSP carob powder
- 1/4 cup liquid sweetener (e.g. agave, maple syrup)
- 2 TBSP vanilla extract/2 droppers NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid
- 1/2 cup glacé cherries, chopped finely
- Preheat oven to 180C and spray parchment paper fitted into 2 medium loaf pans
- In a food processor blend your sweet potato until broken down, then add your bananas, applesauce, vanilla extract and liquid sweetener and blend til smoooth.
- In a big bowl, mix your dry ingredients. Add your wet ingredients and stir til combined.
- Stir in your cherries and any other additional goodies you’d like to throw in and then spoon into the pan, smoothing out the top.
- Bake for 30 minutes until the mixture bounces back at you when poked. For a drier brownie obviously bake for longer.
- Once out the oven let it cool for 15 minutes before removing, then slice and serve or store in a tupperware (we prefer it in the fridge).
Yum! These are great when you have a bunch of random ingredients lying around and want to make something delicious but healthy to snack on. The choice of sugar is yours, of course, and even to add more if needed. It’s near bursting with summer in our hemisphere, so I didn’t cover it with melty chocolate and sprinkles as I’d wanted to, because I knew they’d melt, but that’s always a fine idea :p
These days it seems as if everyone’s busy or hitting the ground running. Even Man-thing and I haven’t gotten around to exploring the area since we moved to the new house. Every time we want to go there’s either sick kittens that need an emergency vet visit, or marking exams, or social obligations…gah! I suppose that’s why I try and keep some treats in the house, just so that, at the very least, we can’t say we lack something sweet to counter the sour grapes of endless chores. And yet, as I chatted with a friend today we both agreed that there is actually time enough – I guess then it’s just about prioritizing! I’ve decided, therefore, in-between Man-thing marking exams and me learning how to prune bushes this weekend, to prioritize “us” time – hopefully with a farmer’s market visit tomorrow morning at dawn, and then with a movie date on Sunday. ❤ In the meantime, he at least has a few brownies to spark some joy over the fact that it’s weekend. Hurrah!