While my friends where digging into the Almond cupcakes, I was munching on a more innocent option: these can’t really be classified as brownies, as they don’t contain any chocolate and have quite a different texture and taste. However, if that’s what you’re craving but you feel like a healthier option – these are for you. They contain Spelt flour, which is not gluten free, but much easier to digest than wheat flour and most wheat-intolerant people can have it. They are also sugar-free, which is always a plus – using apple juice and bananas instead. The use of carob in place of cocoa makes them caffeine free, and the added oats/raisins/coconut/nuts contribute to their nutritional value as well as giving them a great crunchy/gooey texture. These brownies are dense & rich, without an overpowering sweetness. I would recommend them to people with a taste for more ‘natural’ flavours – I found them quite addictive! My friends opted for the cupcakes…
(Recipe taken from ‘All-Creatures’ webpage)
1/2 cup Spelt Flour (or Whole-wheat if you prefer)
1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats, ground in blender
1 cup Raisins
1/2 cup shredded Coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup chopped Almonds (i mixed with Hazelnuts)
2 Ripe Bananas
1/2 cup Apple Juice (I used Freshly squeezed)
1/2 cup Carob Powder
1/2 Tblsp. Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon (optional)
– Preheat Oven to 350 F/175 C, and grease square brownie tin.
– Mix Spelt and Oats in a medium sized bowl until combined. Add Coconut, Nuts and 1/2 cup of Raisins and mix well to make sure Raisins are coated with Flour and not sticking together.
– Place Apple Juice, peeled Bananas, 1/2 cup Raisins, Carob, Vanilla & Cinnamon in Blender and blend on high until thoroughly combined and smooth. Should look like a ‘fudge’ sauce…
– Add liquid mixture to dry mixture in bowl, and combine thoroughly with a spatula. (If dough is too stiff, add a little more Apple Juice/Water – but it should be quite thick.)
– Spread Brownie dough into the pan, and smooth the top with a spatula.
– Bake around 20mins. depending on oven. Brownies should be firm, but not hard – do not overbake.
– Remove from oven, let cool before slicing.
* Eat with a guilt-free conscience…