Brownies? Who doesn’t love a brownie? These Jaffa fudge protein brownies are a bit of a mouthful to say and once you taste just one bite you’ll be shovin’ them in ya gob and your mouth will be full LOL 🙂
Ok, so I made this recipe up awhile ago but you know how that thing called ‘life’ gets in the way? yes, well it continued to get in my way and I couldn’t seem to get around to posting this recipe blog 🙁 Sorry my love! Well at least I have now so you can now make this and enjoy the deliciousness.
This vegan brownie is actually very healthy, full of nutrients and protein and it’s gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free. You can eat a slice without feeling guilty. I have this for breakfast sometimes (or just when I’m feeling like some chocolate or something sweet.
This is also a really good way to get more plant protein (the black beans and almond meal) into your kids plus veggies (the sweet potato). They’ll never know that it’s healthy. Haha!
Let me tell you just how much goodness you’ll be receiving from every bite…
These babies are super good for you as not only do they contain great plant protein and fibre but they also contain copper, manganese, vitamin B1, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. If you’ve not tried them in a brownie, please don’t be put off, they really do work well and make the brownies so moist and fudgey!
Sweet potato has to be one of my favourite veggies, how about you? It’s soooo yummy roasted as it brings out the natural sweetness of it. For the purpose of making the yummiest fudge brownie, we bake the sweet potatoes first, it really is the goods and so worth it. I actually find it quicker this way as you can just scoop the flesh right out once they’re cooked.
Sorry, I got a bit side-tracked there thinking about how much I LOVE sweet potatoes! haha. Back to the benefits…
So sweet potato is s good source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C, vitamin B2, B3 & B6, copper, manganese, potassium, and of course – dietary fibre.
This nut meal is great in baking because it adds protein, moisture, fibre and nutrients and is wonderful if you’re on a gluten-free journey. Almond meal contains vitamin E and B vitamins such as folate and niacin (B9 and B3). It also contains calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and healthy fats.
You can make your own almond meal if you have a strong blender or thermomix (or you can be lazy like me and just buy it ready-made haha!)
I don’t know too many folks who don’t like chocolate do you? I think our body instinctively knows that it’s good for us but I think we just get so much pleasure when it crosses out lips. For the true health benefits, it’s always best to use raw, organic cacao in homemade recipes. Most chocolate you buy from the shops really has no health benefits, that’s just the truth.
Cacao is rich in antioxidants, good fats and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, iron, zinc and potassium. Cacao contains vitamins E, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B9 and also trace amounts of vitamin A and C.
We all know that avo’s are good for us and they should really be classed as a super food because they are so loaded with goodness. They are used quite a bit in raw desserts as they make a creamy edition (not to mention, they are just plain delicious!).
Avocados contain dietary fibre, healthy fats, B vitamins, vitamins A, E and K, potassium, copper.
So there you have it, that’s just a few of the ingredients and their benefits, obviously there are many more health benefits but you get the picture. 🙂
Let’s get into the recipe but first here’s a pic I took of the brownie the other day (I enjoyed it with a herbal tea)
Jaffa Fudge Protein Brownies (GF & Vegan)
Ingredients for brownie:
- Sweet potatoes x 2 small
- 1 tin black beans
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup rapadura or coconut sugar (or 10 medjool dates)
- 1/4 cup mesquite
- 3 chia eggs (3 tbsp chia seeds + 9 tbsp water)
- 1/2 cup alternative flour (banana/chickpea/sweet potato)
- Coconut oil x 2 tbsp
- Baking powder 1 heaped tsp (aluminium-free)
- Vanilla paste or extract 1 tsp
- Raw cacao 1 cup
- Himalayan salt – a pinch
Ingredients for Jaffa Fudge Frosting:
- 3 small ripe avocados
- 1/2 cup raw cacao
- 1/2 cup maple/rice malt syrup
- 4 medjool dates
- 2-3 drops Wild Orange oil (food grade)
- Dairy-free choc drops (optional)
Note: try to use organic ingredients where possible.
- Bake your sweet potatoes whole in their skins on a lined baking tray for 45 mins on 180c
- While this is happening you could get started on your jaffa frosting…
- In a food processor, add the flesh from the avo’s, the pitted dates, syrup, cacao and orange oil, blend for a few minutes until super creamy. Keep in fridge.
- Gather the rest of your ingredients and get your brownie tin lined with baking paper (I find the best way to do this is to first rub some coconut oil on the base and sides and then cut the paper to measure).
- In your washed and dry food processor bowl add your dry ingredients and rinse the black beans until the water runs clear then add these in too.
- When the sweet potatoes are ready and soft then take them out and cut in half to cool. Remember to keep the oven on for the brownie! 😉
- Once cool, add to the rest of the mixture and process for about 30 seconds then stop and get onto your chia egg (below)
- Once you’ve added in the chia eggs and it’s looking all lovely, you can transfer this mixture to your lined tin.
- Spread evenly across the tin using a wet spatula and pop into the oven for 35-40 mins on 180c.
- Take out after 35 mins and test with a fork (if fork comes out clean then it’s ready and if not just give it another 5 mins).
- When the brownie is done flip it onto a cooling rack and let cool.
- Then take out your jaffa frosting from earlier and spread a nice big layer over your cooled down brownie. Sprinkle the choc drops on top.
- Cut into squares or rectangles and serve with coconut ice cream.
- Store in a container in the fridge. 🙂
How to make the Chia Eggs:
- In a blender, add your chia seeds and blend until a fine powder.
- Measure out 9 tbsp of water in a cup.
- In a bowl add the chia meal and then add water you’ve already measured out
- Stir until well-combined and then add this to the rest of the mixture and process well.