Today’s recipe is super easy, healthy, and great to have in the fridge to cure the munchies, which seems to be my constant mood of late. Also, there’s nothing better than chocolate to ease you into a weekend, especially if the weekend involves work (as mine will)! If not, chocolate still has a right to exist in your life in the form of these brownies.
I’ve made these brownies twice now, and they’re pretty much the only reason I have avos in the house at the moment. When we got back from school holidays a teacher gave me a recipe for vegan brownies which looked like the real deal but were so incredibly sweet that I refused to eat any myself. Instead I decided to come up with an alternative that replaced processed oil with natural oils, all that sugar with pear sauce and sweetener, and stuff some macadamia nuts in there for glee. And since I’m going to be doing my best to study this weekend, I decided that coffee was the natural bystander to get roped into this crime of passion (AKA brownies of doom). If you don’t do coffee…well, my sympathies, but these really get a lovely smoky edge with them. You can always try something else like cayenne pepper or wasabi. What do non coffee drinkers do for a kick??Think of the bright slashes of cinnamon as hazard signs – as in, you may end up eating the majority of this out the pan, or “cleverly” cut off the edges for munching under the pretense of making the bars pretty and hope no-one notices. Except I blog and now everyone knows my secret shame. :p
Ingredients (makes 8 – 10):
- 1 cup pear sauce
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 3 tbsp non-dairy milk
- 3/4 cup sugar/sweetener of choice
- 2 tsp coffee powder
- pinch salt
- 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- 1 small/medium avocado
- splashes of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup macadamia nuts, crushed
- Optional: 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat to 180C and line a loaf pan.
- Blend your pear sauce, sweetener, coffee powder, salt, vinegar, avo, cocoa powder, cinnamon and non-dairy milk until smooth.
- Add in the buckwheat flour and blend until combined, scraping down the sides and adding 1 TBSP of non-dairy milk at a time if necessary.
- Fold in nuts and transfer to loaf pan, evening out the top.
- Bake 30 minutes, then let it cool before transferring to a tupperware and chilling in the fridge for an hour to firm up.
- Slice and serve and/or store in the fridge.
I realize that since I started working at the school in the mornings I’ve increased my coffee consumption two-fold, in no small part thanks to the kettle less than 5 meters from my desk. Also the stacks of numbers, words and alphabet rhymes that I go through each day to stay sane. Since there’s a kitchen so close and everyone at the school has the habit of eating at their desks I’ve been munching more and more than I used to when I just worked at the university, so everything’s sitting a little tighter, which is where these brownies come in. Yes, they are indulgent, but they’re also filling and healthy, so one bar and I’m sorted for much longer than if I were to pack myself something typically “sensible”, which I do anyway for second breakfast and elevenses. What I’m saying is that this stuff is like the Lembas bread of brownies. Eat one and you can go a while without actually needing a whole lot to nibble on (unless you want to, which is a different story altogether). What I could do less of is assignments, since I completed one yesterday and have another few looming, not to mention all the editing work that’s going to come my way next week. As much as I love editing I think my eyes need a holiday, so come December I’m going to do nothing but space out in bed with one of those airplane eyemasks on and Stephen Fry in the background, narrating Harry Potter.
Yes, I am actually planning ahead for the big holidays, but it seems like the year has just sped past without me, so I might as well and try and pre-empt the scariest time of the year; that of spending loads of money on reaffirming relationships which normally function just fine without material proof. I’m planning another round of edible gifts to try and curb trinkets and gadgets, and let’s just say there will be plenty of hummus to go around once I’m done.
Anyway, weekend! I’m going to go lie in bed soon and drift to sleep to the scratchy tones of season 1 Community. Ciao meows!