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Healthier Brownies with Cashew Nut Butter – We Should Cocoa #54

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Well I know it’s very hard to make brownies healthy, but I have done my best to make these ones as healthy as possible whilst still retaining their essential sweet fudgy brownieness. I used coconut oil and cashew nut butter instead of butter and rapadura instead of sugar.  And to top it off, my flour of choice was freekah. Freekah, Rapadura? Read on.

Excuse me while I indulge in a trip down memory lane. Rapadura is dried cane juice and is meant to be the least harmful form of sugar, retaining all the vitamins and minerals removed by the refining process. It always reminds me of cycling through the sugar cane fields in Egypt, gnawing on a piece of cane as we pedalled. Talking of Egypt, freekah is a commonly eaten form of wheat there. It is made by harvesting the grains when young and green. roasting then drying them in the sun. It is said to be particularly nutritious with a low glycemic index. It has a pleasant nutty scent and flavour and I am quite taken by it.

When I was asked to choose some products from leading purveyor of sports nutrition, My Protein, I was excited to see organic freekah in stock. I’ve never actually used it before and was keen to do so. I also chose some coconut oil and a kilo tub of cashew nut butter – yes, a whole kilo. Of all the nut butters cashew nut butter is my favourite, but I’d never used it for cooking. Coconut oil seems to have come into its own recently, providing a healthy alternative to dairy fat and its benefits are well known.

Healthy Brownie

Seeing as brownies feature in this month’s We Should Cocoa, why not, I thought, use these three ingredients for a healthier take on an old classic. I debated whether to mix in the nut butter thoroughly or ripple it through the mixture. The latter won out.

Well you wouldn’t know these were a healthier version, they were lush, fudgy with a true brownie taste and texture. The nut butter interspersed like cookie dough through ice cream gave additional variation in flavour, texture and appearance. If you like cashews, these are the brownies for you.

 

We Should Cocoa BadgeAs stated, this month’s We Should Cocoa is all about brownies and is being hosted by Katie over at Recipe for Perfection. You still have five days left to join in the fun.

 

 

 

 

Cashew Nut Butter Brownies
Yields 12
A healthier and dairy free version of a sweet fudgy chocolate brownie. Not quite good for you, but not bad for you either.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 150ml dark chocolate
  2. 80g coconut oil
  3. 200g rapadura – dried cane juice
  4. 3 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  5. 60g freekah flour
  6. 1 heaped tsp cocoa powder
  7. ΒΌ heaped tsp bicarbonate of soda
  8. Β½ tsp cream of tarter
  9. 2 heaped tbsp cashew nut butter
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in a large pan over a low heat.
  2. Turn of the heat and stir in the rapadura.
  3. Beat in the eggs one by one.
  4. Sift in the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  5. Scrape into a 20cm sq. silicone mould or lined tin.
  6. Spoon in the cashew nut butter and swirl amongst the batter to distribute.
  7. Bake at 180℃ for 25 minutes or until almost firm, but with a slight wobble. Allow to cool, then cut into 12 pieces.
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    The Yogi Vegetarian
    20th February 2015

    omg how amazing! I hope these translate to vegan using flax eggs…LOVE the cashew butter idea. Never bought rapadura, but often use the Indian equivalents, kolhapuri gour or sukkar. Almost a molasses taste. Look out for a choc brownie recipe for Fair Trade fortnight live on our blog on Tuesday πŸ™‚

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      Choclette Blogger
      20th February 2015

      I’ve not heard of any of those, so that’s interesting to hear, thank you. Will also be interesting to try this with flax eggs – will be interested to see how you get on.

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    Lilinha Espindula
    20th February 2015

    My dad loves rapadura, I was brought up eating rapadura. He is convinced it is good for you! The brownie recipe looks delicious! x

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    21st February 2015

    Choclette, these look wonderful with that cashew butter! I’ve tried so many different flours, but haven’t gotten around to freekah yet. Must try it soon.

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    Sarah James
    21st February 2015

    Your brownies look delicious & I love the sound of cashew nut butter with the coconut oil. I’ve not come across rapadura before, definitely on my list for trying.

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      Choclette Blogger
      23rd February 2015

      Thanks Sarah. The brownies were fab and they lasted well too. I think they got even better as they aged. We used to have a brilliant organic shop here in Liskeard and I stocked up on rapadura then. Sadly it closed a couple of years ago, so I will have to find another source as my stocks are pretty much out now.

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    Baking Addict
    21st February 2015

    They look so fudgey and indulgent I can’t believe that it’s a healthier version. I’ve never heard of rapadura before and am intrigued.

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    Katie
    22nd February 2015

    Those are some well traveled brownie ingredients. They look amazing, especially with the big swirls of cashew butter. Delicious and a lovely twist

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    belleau kitchen
    22nd February 2015

    Wow. The cane juice sounds fascinating. I’ve used a plant syrup recently too and it’s great in tea and coffee. Love this brownies. They were fudgy so they clearly worked well!!

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      Choclette Blogger
      23rd February 2015

      It’s dried cane juice and looks pretty much like fine brown sugar Dom, so it works in a similar way. Intrigued by your plant syrup – what plant?

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    Kate@whatkatebaked
    22nd February 2015

    Healthy Brownies that remain super fudgy and delicious while being that little better for us? Ohh Choclette, these sound really rather perfect!

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    Kate Glutenfreealchemist
    22nd February 2015

    What an unusual set of ingredients. The brownie looks amazing though and cashew nut butter is always incredible! Egypt is one of my favourite places!

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    ManjiriK
    22nd February 2015

    Love the texture from the cashew butter rippled into the frekkeh and have never used rapadura before.

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      Choclette Blogger
      23rd February 2015

      Thanks Manjiri. I’m glad I opted for rippling the cashew butter rather than mixing it in, it looks nice and was more interesting to eat too.

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    Brogan
    22nd February 2015

    Mmm what a great sounding recipe! It looks fantastic too! xx

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    Annie Hall
    23rd February 2015

    So good to hear alternative versions of the brownie! And ‘healthier’ too…!

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    Maggie
    23rd February 2015

    Well, you’ve got me here! I’m definitely being educated today reading about the ingredients you have used in these indulgent brownies.

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    Cherished By Me
    23rd February 2015

    These sound lovely, I must try using freekah and cashew nut butter, recently started using hazelnut butter for a few things. Thanks.

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    Katie Moseman
    28th February 2015

    Healthy or not, sign me up for a plate (or two). I absolutely love cashews and would love to try this out!

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