We all know that we should stay away from refined white flour and sugar to maintain a healthy life. However, this doesn’t mean that we should completely deprive ourselves of desserts. We can make desserts much healthier by making a few minor changes. So then can brownies also be healthy?
It is possible to make brownies healthy by using chickpeas instead of white flour and dates instead of sugar! According to research; It has been observed that the regular consumption of dates, which are high in fiber and polyphenols, can reduce the risk of colon cancer and improve bowel movements. Moreover dates, which are very rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins C and D, have a nutritious feature thanks to the natural sugar they contain. The healthy brownie we will prepare will both take its sugar from the dates and will contribute to our health with its rich contents.
240 g boiled chickpeas
200 g dates
2-3 drops of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of baking powder
75 g butter
5 tablespoons of cocoa
65 g dark chocolate
30 g almonds
75 g dark chocolate
30 g roasted hazelnuts
1) After boiling the chickpeas and straining the excess water, mix them with the dates in a blender until they are smooth.
2) Add the eggs and baking powder and mix again.
3) Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the cocoa to it.
4) After the butter and cocoa mixture has cooled a little, add the mixture into the blender. Add the vanilla extract and mix the batter well.
5) After coarsely chopping the dark chocolate and almonds, add them to the brownie batter and gently mix with a spoon.
6) Pour the brownie batter into a small cake tin lined with parchment paper and bake at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes. After the brownie is cooked, take it out of the oven and let it cool.
7) To decorate, melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
8) Chop the roasted hazelnuts and mix them into the melted chocolate.
9) Pour the chocolate mixture over the cooled brownie.
10) When serving the brownies, you can also add fresh strawberries to decorate.
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