Who fancies freshly baked breakfast banana bread to start your morning? It’s just fabulous toasted and spread with peanut butter. This recipe is more of a bread than a cake and isn’t too sweet, though it does have a wee bit of honey in it.
Filling, delicious and nutritious, this chunky vegetable soup is perfect for kick starting the new healthy you. It’s vegan, fat free, low in calories and quick to make too. Perfect for the 5:2 diet and Veganuary.
These vegan peanut butter banana muffins are so quick and easy to make that they’re the perfect bake for when you’re in a hurry or unexpected guests arrive. All but the bananas are store cupboard ingredients. Not only are these muffins super delicious, but they’re made with wholemeal spelt flour and are vegan too. As a bonus, you’ll also find a gluten-free almond butter version later in the post.
In the last year or so, the Happy Pear have gradually seeped into my consciousness. I’d heard them mentioned by Riverford, Jamie Oliver, in the press and through various food bloggers, but I’d never seen any of their recipes. I’m now the happy owner of their latest book The World of the Happy Pear, to be published soon, on 2nd June. To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, I’m excited to say, I also have two copies of the book to giveaway.
A speedy nutritious and delicious breakfast red berry smoothie bowl with coconut. It’s a bit thicker than your average smoothie and is served in a bowl for a slower more satisfying start to the day.
A rich, fudgy and very tasty tiffin.It’s a bit healthier than your average as it’s made with coconut oil, maple syrup and very dark chocolate. If you like tiffin as much as I do, you will love this pecan and maple ginger tiffin.
A dairy free, creamy green pick-me-up spring tonic nettle smoothie. It makes the most of spring foraging and will leave you raring to go.
Well I know it’s very hard to make brownies healthy, but bear with me. I’ve done my best to make these cashew nut butter brownies as healthy as possible whilst still retaining their essential sweet fudgy brownieness. I think I’ve done it.
Having been sent eight large ripe Peruvian Hass avocados, I didn’t have a great deal of time to use them up. Following on from the avocado chocolate chip cookies I made a few weeks ago, I wanted to continue with the avocado baking theme. Leafing through the accompanying booklet, I found a recipe for Peruvian Hass avocado brownies. With my well known love of all things brownie, I didn’t need to cogitate further.
Of course, I made a few adjustments with the recipe. For a start I thought a hint of chilli and a soupçon of cinnamon would be appropriate flavours to enhance the South American feel of the brownies. Sadly I didn’t have any Peruvian chocolate to hand but made do with using up three partly used bars which were making my cupboard look untidy; as it happens one of them was from Ecuador, so at least it was from the right neck of the woods. As well as the spices I added a little cocoa powder for extra richness and used mostly brown sugar for fudginess. As I was using duck eggs which are quite large, I added a little bit of extra chocolate too.
Whilst the avocado by no means replaced all of the butter, it did have less saturated fat than many brownie recipes, so it could be argued that they are slightly better for you!
This is how I made:
Spicy Peruvian Avocado Brownies
- Melted 150g unsalted butter in a pan over low heat with 270g chocolate (I used a mixture of 70& plain, 53% dark and 37% milk). Stirred to combine, then left to cool a little.
- Beat 100g dark brown sugar, 50g golden caster sugar together with 3 duck eggs (large hens eggs will be fine) using electric beaters for about 3 minutes
- Mashed 1 large Peruvian Hass avocado and added it to the eggs. Beat the mixture for a further minute.
- Poured the chocolate mixture down the side of the bowl and folded the mixture in as gently as possible.
- Sifted in 60g self-raising flour, 1 scant tbsp cocoa powder, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper and ¼ tsp ground cinnamon.
- Folded this in until just incorporated.
- Scraped the batter into a 9″ sq. silicone mould and baked at 180℃ for 25 minutes.
- Left in the mould to cool then cut into 16 pieces.
These are real melt in your mouth brownies – sort of light but fudgy and unctuous at the same time. The touch of spices was just right, a catch at the back of the throat and a hint of something warming, but nothing that overpowered the deep rich chocolateyness of these brownies. You can eat several of these and your palate is left feeling quite clean at the end of it – I should point out that eating several at a time is not really recommended. The taste of avocado could barely be detected. None of the taste testers (other than super taster CT) noticed it, even after I told them what the brownies contained. Not being able to taste avocado in your brownies, when all’s said and done, is for most of us, a good thing.
This month’s theme for Love Cake over at JibberJabberUK is all about Back to School – Something New. These brownies fit the bill perfectly. They are delicious treats for the school lunch box, but slightly healthier than your average brownie. They are also new to me as I’ve never made brownies with avocado before.
A vegan friendly breakfast smoothie which is not only deliciously thick and chocolatey, but is packed full of nutrients. This raw chocolate avocado smoothie is both nourishing for the body and for the soul too.