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Brownies – makes 10-12

We are in the middle of the corona lockdown and having the whole family at home all day every day means coming up with an endless supply of snacks and treats to keep everyone happy. These brownies make a great nutritious sweet treat, completely free of refined sugar. Get the kids involved!

What you need:

2 bananas – mashed

4 tbsp coconut yogurt

1 tbsp tahini (or 5 tbsp coconut yogurt if made without tahini)

1 tbsp coconut oil – melted

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp vanilla extract

130g wholemeal flour

2-3 tbsp date sugar

2 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)

1 tsp baking powder

Half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

Handful of walnuts – broken into pieces and dry roasted

Pinch of sea salt

How you do it:

In a frying pan dry roast your walnut pieces for a few minutes until you get a rich, nutty smell (stir frequently to avoid any burning).

Take the pan off the heat and leave the walnuts to cool for later.

Preheat the oven at gas mark 6 (200C).

Mash the bananas with a fork until completely smooth.

With a whisk (use an electric one if you have to further smoothen the banana mash) mix banana, coconut yogurt, tahini, coconut oil, vanilla essence and apple cider vinegar.

In another bowl mix all your dry ingredients (apart from the walnut pieces), flour, date sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.

With a fork gently fold your dry ingredients into the wet ones until you get a smooth mixture.

Fold in the walnut pieces.

On a lined baking tray spread the chocolate mixture as evenly as possible aiming for a thickness of about 1.5cm.

Bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Leave to cool, cut into squares and dust with cocoa powder (optional).



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