A Christmas treat for chocolate fans! These festive brownies are laced with cranberries, cocoa and cacao.
Cocoa powder and cacao powder provide all of the health benefits of chocolate without the calories from added sugars. These powders offer double the amount of antioxidants as a bar of dark chocolate and as much fibre as most fruits and vegetables.
If you've not yet benefited from the amazing power of raw cacao, I'll first list 7 health benefits of adding raw cacao to your diet:
1. Raw cacao helps stimulate your immune system.
2. Raw cacao boosts your energy level because it acts as a stimulant and this will boost your spirits.
3. It can help strengthen your cardiovascular system.
4. It can reduce chronic fatigue and general weakness caused by stress.
5. Pure chocolate is a mood enhancer because it directly stimulates various neurotransmitters in your brain (such as serotonin) to help reduce depression and to give a sense of euphoria or a sense of wellbeing.
6. It is also considered as a mild aphrodisiac as it has shown to increase sexual appetite after regular consumption. Yes, raw cacao brings out the vixen (ladies) and fox (gentlemen) in you!
7. Finally, raw cacao is a powerful super food that helps regulate your sleep. Cocoa and cacao powder are also a rich source of many essential minerals, including
magnesium, copper and iron.
These brownies are made by my sister Hilary every day at Select Stores Dalkey. They're a real crowd pleaser. High in vitamin C, vitamin E, dietary fibre, essential fats and protein. Low GL.
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes
4 large eggs, beaten
90ml maple syrup
90ml date syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
90ml coconut oil
100g ground almonds
60g cocoa powder
50g cacao powder
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
1 teaspoon Himalayan fine rock salt
70g dried cranberries Bee pollen, to decorate
Preheat the oven to 180?C/gas mark 4/350?F. Grease a 20cm x 30cm baking tin.
1. Boil the sweet potatoes in a saucepan of salted water for 30 minutes, until soft. Drain the water off and mash the sweet potatoes.
2. Mix the mashed sweet potato, eggs, maple syrup, date syrup, vanilla paste and vanilla essence in a large bowl. Add in the coconut oil while mixing.
3. In another bowl, mix together the ground almonds, cocoa and cacao powders, baking powder and salt. Add this dry mix to the bowl of wet ingredients and stir until it's all
4. Mix in the cranberries, and then pour the batter into the greased baking tin.
5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Check the brownies with a knife inserted into the centre - if it comes out dry, they are ready to rock and roll.
6. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack, then cut into eighteen squares. Scatter with some bee pollen to make them look even prettier.
This recipe is Sugar-free - dairy free - gluten free and vegetarian
This recipe has been extracted from The Fuel Food Cookbook by Oliver McCabe which is out early January 2016.
You can pre-order the cookbook at the following address: www.mercierpress.ie