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Crafty Carrots: Free Ebook + Chocolate Orange Brownies {vegan + gluten-free}

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It’s finally here – my first ebook! This is 100% a labour of love and devotion to carrots, one of the main reasons I’m a delightful shade of yellow. 😀 100% vegan, gluten-free, and only 2 out of the 25 recipes are oldies – the rest are totally new and exclusive to the ebook. Carrots can hide in plain sight, and this ebook manages to use this awesome ingredient in subtle and berserk ways, as is only fitting for such a versatile veggie.craftycarrotscover

I’m super excited about this ebook – each one of these recipes is Man-thing tested and approved, and are pretty bladdy tasty, if I say so myself! The ebook covers breakfast, lunch/dinner, snacks and dessert – all the best things in life and all carrot-based.carrotbites2Some of the goodies you’ll find are:

  • Berry hummus blender pancakes
  • Carrot date nut muffins
  • Baked carrot crackers
  • Polenta carrot falafel
  • Spiced carrot pizza
  • Chia carrot sago pudding
  • Jammy pecan bars

….and so much more! 

carrotpastaSeriously, I think these are some of my favourite recipes ever, and the ebook is the only spot you’ll find them – they’re not going onto the recipes page, except for the Chocolate Orange Brownies which I’m going to share today, because oh man, goodness! icecream3Almost all the recipes are made with everyday ingredients, so they shouldn’t break the bank, and I was rather naughty and used a lot of carrot purée found in the baby aisle, but more enterprising chefs than I will just make their own for some of the recipes. Carrots are cheap all year round here by us which is why I chose it as my star ingredient, plus it has the added benefit of an amazing nutritional profile and versatility.

carrotbrowniesChocolate Orange Brownies {serves 8}

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup carrot purée
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • ¼ cup carob/cacao powder
  • ¼ cup + 2 TBSP sugar of choice
  • 2 TBSP flax powder
  • ½ TBSP baking powder
  • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • ½ TBSP blackstrap molasses (increase to 1 TBSP only if you’re ok with its deliciously powerful flavour)
  • 1 tsp orange extract (increase to taste based on the brand you use – some are more potent than others)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole nuts, crushed (e.g. pecans)

How-to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a loaf pan.
  2. In your food processor blend the chickpeas and purée until smooth.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except baking powder and nuts. Blend until smooth and add more sugar to taste.
  4. Remove from stand and fold in baking powder and nuts.
  5. Bake 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely before slicing as desired.

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Optional cream

  • 1 cup salted macadamia nuts
  • ½ cup + 2 TBSP non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP agave syrup
  1. Blend until smooth and store in the fridge.

carrotbrownies3These admittedly didn’t last very long because, hello, chocolate and orange? Yes please! Delicious, nutty and just made uber decadent with the bold and bountiful macadamia cream, which is really the best sort of thing to have in the fridge and just blob onto everything in sight, especially boring breakfasts! Either way, this is just one small treat of many in the ebook, but everyone loves brownies so I figured this was a good starting point for those who feel carrots are pretty scary if not boiled beyond recognition. These brownies are so inviting and well-mannered that you’ll never doubt secret ingredients again!

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Click the pic below to start your download!

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Let me know if any of you try out the recipes and tag me in your pictures, whether on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter. I’m always keen on feedback and hearing from everyone 😀

 

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

18 thoughts on “Crafty Carrots: Free Ebook + Chocolate Orange Brownies {vegan + gluten-free}

  1. These look so yummy! I just wanted to know if there is anything i can use instead of the flax powder? I have psyllium husk powder,would that work? And if it would,how much would i use? Thank you!

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  8. Congrats on your ebook, it looks great!

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    • Thank you so much! I had such a whale of a time fidgeting with margins, styles and other dorkish things that the food was just an excuse sometimes 😉

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  9. Carrot pizza! I know I’ve gotta get this! ❤ Orange love my dear! Congrats!

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    • Thank you! 😀 😀 The carrot pizza was to mollify Man-thing and my FIL after enlisting them into manual labour, and even they were rather chuffed, so let me know how goes.

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  10. Yay sounds delish! I’m a carrot fan also (I glow in the dark lol) . I’m now a fan of the multi-colored ones from Trader Joe’s, they are so good! Thanks for all your hard work, hope your feeling better.

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    • 😀 I’m so glad I’m not the only glowy citrus coloured person around! I’ve never (very, very sadly) seen other colours here, but maybe I’m just not looking in the right places, because purple carrots?? Gorgeous!

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  11. Wow wow WOW! Well done you! 🙂 Hah, I hadn’t expected your e-book to be entirely carrot-themed, but that’s great too, very unique. And actually especially good for me as I sometimes hesitate in buying carrots because I only have a limited number of things in my head to use them for… reckon I won’t have that problem anymore now 😀

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    • Thank you! 😀 hahah I’m such a sucker for them so I figured my first ebook had to be about my favourite all-day snack. There are lots of things I’m also always hesitant about like potatoes or what not because I get bored of just baking them, so I completely understand. Let me know how it goes if you try something out – luckily I chose carrots also because they’re cheap, so if it all goes to the dogs you can at least slice and bake them 😉

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  12. wow! looks very good, You definitely put a lot of work into it
    congrats!
    I’ll surely be trying something later this years, as we then have lots of carrots from our garden 😉

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    • Thank you!! 😀 It was so much fun to make and I’m already inspired with my next one. Garden-veg is the absolute best, I’m so jealous your garden seems to be fruitful or reliable. Our little veggie patch yielded one zucchini and some lettuce despite planting carrots, beans, pumpkins, etc. Let me know (later in the year ;)) if you try anything out! 🙂

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