Chai Spiced Chocolate Brownies with A Whole Lot of Nuts
Let’s face it: I have a sweet tooth. However, a snickers doesn’t tease me. Nor does a doughnut, a churro or a cream pie. Any sort of such store-bought candy or pastry doesn’t bother me in the slightest, though I am a sweet-tooth nonetheless. Do you know which type of treats I’m talking about? Dried fruits, homemade cakes that contain honey, apples and cinnamon, naturally sweet smoothies that are filled with ripe bananas and so on and so forth. Those foods that make us feel good after eating them, the type that makes us satisfied and not craving more sugar. The kind of goodies that are filled with good sugars and good fats and that contain real foods. Yes, this is the stuff I’m referring to when claiming to have a sweet tooth and that’s why you will find a delicious and nutritious brownie recipe right underneath this text! But first, let’s talk about chocolate.
real chocolate is our friend
Chocolate, presuming that the right kind of chocolate is consumed in moderation, is a superhero when it comes to health. It contains fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. Cocoa – the main compound of the real dark chocolate – provides us with monounsaturated fats (which reduce the incidence of insulin resistance, thereby preventing heart disease and diabetes), as well as small amounts of saturated fats (which are considered to have a negative impact on cholesterol levels, however, the contents in cocoa are relatively small). Furthermore, raw, unprocessed cocoa beans have a high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) as they are exceptionally rich in antioxidants, which contribute to neutralising free radicals and thereby preventing cancer. Due to the flavanols that are found in dark chocolate, blood flow may be enhanced and lower blood pressure may be achieved; this is because flavanols are known to stimulate the endothelium (the lining of your blood vessels) to generate nitric oxide which causes your arteries to reduce their resistance to blood flow, thus relieving blood pressure. The bottom line is this: If you do consume chocolate, make sure it’s the right kind so that all these health benefits are yours! Let’s melt some chocolate, shall we?
Prep Time: 10 min
Baking Time: 25 min
Total Time: 35 min
Servings: 12 brownies
For this recipe you will need:
¾ cup almond flour
½ – ⅔ cup raw cane or coconut sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
3 organic eggs
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
100g dark chocolate, melted (I used 85% cause that’s my favourite)
3 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch of cinnamon
1 teabag of chai tea
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
¾ cup chopped nuts of choice (I used almonds, pecans and cashews)
1 tbsp cocoa nibs
- Preheat your oven to 180ºC and line a square or rectangular tray with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the eggs, coconut oil, dark chocolate, sugar either with an egg whisk or a hand mixer. Once these ingredients have combined, stir in the almond flour, cocoa, chai tea and cinnamon. Add the baking soda and salt last.
- Evenly spread the batter on your baking tray. Roughly chop your nuts of choice and cover the brownies with them. Lastly, add some cocoa nibs and bake the brownies for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let them cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wooden board and slice into squares. Enjoy, maybe along with some lovely chai tea!