SUPER NUTRITIOUS FLUFFY VEGAN BROWNIES
We all want beautiful, dewy looking skin. Most people spend ridiculous amounts of money on fancy serums and creams in an attempt to retain that youthful glow. Even though skin care products help to improve the texture and appearance of your skin, your skin will really only ever look as healthy as the food you eat. The more nourishing your diet, the healthier your skin will look and feel. This means a diet with plenty of foods high in good fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. All things vital to the health of your bodies largest organ.
Even delicious snacks and desserts can benefit rather than hinder your health. A good example are these amazing guilt free brownies which are moist and fluffy, free from refined anything and vegan.
Here is a breakdown of the main ingredients and how they benefit your skin from the inside out!
- Cocao ~ High in antioxidants which are key in blocking harmful free radicals in the body and protects against premature aging. High in vitamin C & magnesium which protects your skin & keeps it healthy. Cocao contains omega 6 fatty acids, which help in cellular healing & promotes blood flow.
- Nuts ~ Nuts are a great source of fatty acids, fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins, all which are crucial to healthy skin cell renewal.
- Vanilla ~ Vanilla is a good source of essential oils, vitamins & minerals especially vitamin B and can help improve the look of your skin tone. Great source of antioxidants.
- Dates ~ Dates are a natural source of vitamin B5 which is highly beneficial for skin cells as it repairs damage caused by free radicals. Medjool dates contain Vitamin A which helps to eliminate dry & dead skin cells and regenerate new ones. Loaded with vital nutrients, dried dates can nourish the skin and improve texture.
The ingredient which makes them fluffy is aquafaba. This is something that I have only just started playing around with and so far I am totally impressed and amazed that I haven’t come across it sooner. Aquafaba is the reserved liquid from (usually) chickpeas or any bean or legume really. You whip it with a little bit of cream of tartar or baking powder just like you would with egg whites until it forms stiff peaks and use it as a replacement. 3 tablespoons of aquafaba is equal to one egg white. It is magic!!
Preheat oven 180 degrees fan forced. Line a square cake pan with baking paper.
1 cup gluten free S/R flour
1/2 cup cocao powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bi carb soda
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
Sift together flour and cocao powder. Add remaining dry ingredient and blend well.
1 cup pitted medjool dates packed
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp nut butter (to make nut butter simply blend 1 cup of nuts with 1 tsp oil and 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt until smooth)
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Blend together until smooth.
Add to dry ingredients, do not over mix.
1/2 cup aquafaba from chickpeas or some other bean or lentil.
1/4 tsp baking powder or cream of tartar
In a dry and very clean bowl add the aquafaba and baking powder or cream of tartar and whip with mixer on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. This usually takes around 3-6 minutes depending on how thick it was to begin with. Using tinned aquafaba usually works best.
Gently fold the mixture into the batter, being careful not to over mix as you want it to remain fluffy.
Spoon batter into prepared pan, gently smooth top and top with chopped nuts, berries, cocao nibs or whatever you feel like decorating it with. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when pricked. Allow to cool completely. Enjoy.
‘You are what you eat’. Truer words were never never spoken!