I desperately wanted something tasty to eat in the evenings that wouldn’t tear my pants, as it were, and these easy, veggie-stuffed brownies are the way to go! I’ve made them three times now and I think they’re going to be a staple in the house, because sometimes chocolate-y goodies are just necessary for life. There’s something magical about opening up the fridge and seeing brownies inside. A sense of spoiling yourself, contentment, and just a fuzzy feeling of comfort. I’ve been in comfort mode for the past two or three weeks, with non-stop assignments that finally ended last night at midnight (at least for now!). Because I’m plonked on my butt all day at work and then when I get home and have to study or sit and watch series with the cats, it means exercise has been on the back burner, even though I think about it each day. With a severe lack of movement it means that my body pretty much channels food into extra padding, and since I can’t afford new clothes each time I have assignments healthy, veggie-stuffed brownies are the best of both worlds.These are moist, chocolate-y and just plain fun to eat – not necessarily your traditional brownies with the crispy top and what not, but just as tasty to my mind, especially since you can always fold in your favourites like chocolate chips or nuts, and even some blended dates if you really like. Cauliflower has been on special recently at the shops, and since I do actually try and shop wisely (despite appearances), I’ve decided to stick my thumb at my body’s aversion to cauliflower in its bare form and instead mask it in some deliciousness. So delicious, in fact, that I gave Man-thing a taste of the raw batter and he actually ate it and went “mmm“. I don’t know if he didn’t see me blending cauliflower right next to him or not, but he didn’t say a word about smell or taste other than that it was “chocolate-y”, which is the point, so hurrah (and muahaha! >:))!
Ingredients (makes 9 – 12 brownies):
- 3 cups cauliflower florets, steamed
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas or a mix beans of choice such as lentils (nothing too wet like butter beans or cannelini)
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP sweetener/sugar of choice
- 3 TBSP flaxseed powder
- Optional: 1 TBSP blackstrap molasses
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- Optional: 1/3 cup buckwheat flour for a denser result
- Preheat the oven to 180C and line a loaf pan
- Use a clean dish cloth to squeeze out the excess liquid from the florets.
- In your food processor, blend all your ingredients until combined (including buckwheat flour if desired).
- Scoop into a loaf pan and smooth out the top.
- Bake for 45 minutes. The top might still feel a little soft.
- Store in the fridge overnight and slice into 9 – 12 squares.
- They just get better the longer they stay in the fridge!
- 1 TBSP tahini
- 2 tsp sugar/sweetener of choice
- 1 tsp cacao powder
- 2 TBSP boiling water
- Mix in a mug and pour over your brownies.
Nom! I know a lot of you don’t like that word, but there’s no better way for me to describe it. I munched one of these after dinner last night and before I knew it I was munching another, but honestly I had no care in the world and it was so deliciously fudgy, both warmed up and chilled.This drizzly business is where it’s at! So simple and effective. I prefer the neutral nut or seed butters for frostings, since PB is sometimes too overwhelming and easily masks any subtle flavours in the brownies or dish. Also, something you can make under 1 minute? Yes and yes, especially if you are pressed for time as I am at the moment. Everything about these brownies, from the steamed and blending to baking and drizzling takes so little time that it’s really not a hardship to spoil oneself, and sometimes you need to feel just a little bit better about life when it seems determined to bog you down!Admittedly I did this to myself by signing up for the diploma of doom and then procrastinating forever, but we’ll see how everything goes. I’m not used to failure or low marks since I finally learnt to study in my Honours year of history, so my sense of perfection has increased exponentially over the years and I end up having an existential crisis over small tasks. Man-thing and I have made a decision, therefore, to be more positive and use positive language to help reset our brains into being more thankful and more conscious about the impact of our words on ourselves and others. I used to be very aware of that at some point and it’s easy to get swept away in misery or misanthropy, so here goes nothing (or everything?): have a wonderful day!