Guilt Free-chocolate-peanut butter-brownies.
Not very often you see those words together right?
As you may know from previous posts or my instagram feed Charley and I eat a diet which is 90% paleo. This means we eat a lot of meat, veg, fish, nuts, seeds, eggs and raw food. We reduce our intake of processed carbs, grains, refined sugar, dairy, caffeine and other inflammatory foods.
Healthy is fun
We're huge believers that healthy eating and living doesn't have to be boring or mean you miss out on all the fun stuff. We all have to live, and enjoying living - for us - is the key to a maintaing a healthier and balanced lifestyle. We do not have it all figured out and we don't get it right or live by the rules all the time. However, over the last twelve months we have made huge changes to our diet and this has had a big impact on our lives and the way we feel. Both of our body shapes have completely changed. We've become adept at strength training which is a now part of our training routines and what we eat is very different.
I'm going to start blogging some of our favourite recipes and today I'm going to kick it off with something that will definitely get your taste buds going! As mentioned, we adhere to a paleo framework and this has been a gradual process of trial and discovery over the last year. We both have a tendancy to indulge our sweet tooths and as such as have experimented with how to make some of our favourite treats but slightly healthier.
Experimenting in the kitchen
In the past, eating a wheat or gluten-free cake was a total write off for me. I held the view that if I was going to eat cake, I'd rather it was full of naughtiness as it tastes so much better. However, I've recently been inspired by people I follow on instagram and love the challenge of trying new recipes. They work like a treat and taste amazing. Like, really amazing. Get baking and let me know what you think...
I bought Blonde Health's ebook after seeing her work with healthy baking on instagram, she's basically the Queen of guilt-free-cooking, if you're not following her already you should. Check her out here and buy her book! Thanks for this recipe Zanna.
Today I introduce you to guilt free chocolate and peanut butter brownies.
You may have your own definition of what guilt-free entails, but as these brownies have no sugar, butter or flour in them - for me they are a healthier version than normal brownies.
170g Greek yoghurt 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 large egg 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup powdered sweetener (e.g. stevia) 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1/2 cup oat flour (you can make this by blending oats) 1⁄2 cup peanut butter (make sure you use a brand that makes raw PB, ie: doesn't use extra salt, sugar or palm oil) Half a bar of dark chocolate broken into pieces
- Combine all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips and peanut butter with a blender or in a food processor.
- Grease all over and line the bottom of a small baking tin, we used one which was 7.5 inches in diameter - a standard cake tin.
- Melt the peanut butter over a double boiler, stiring regularly until the consistency is smooth and silky.
- Poor the brownie mixture into the tin.
- Lick the spoon (not obligatory but keeps Charley happy!)
- Spoon the peanut butter over the brownie mixture
- Sprinkle with dark chocolate chips
- Cook in the oven at 180c/350f for around 20-30 minutes, until it's still gooey at the bottom but the top feels firm when you press lightly on it. Have to use your judgement here and it also depends on how gooey you like your brownies.
- Leave to cool for around 20 minutes then slice up and enjoy!
Thank you Blonde Health for the inspiration for this recipe