Chocolate, Orange & Rooibos Brownies (V, GF)
The combination of something chocolatey and something fruity? PERFECT. There is nothing better. Chocolate and orange? A dream team! I didn’t have anything in particular in mind when getting into the kitchen this time and starting to whisk some ingredients together. All that guided me was that bar of dark chocolate as well as some ripe oranges that asked me to be zested and juiced. I obeyed, put it all in a pot, let the aromas melt into one another and upon tasting my creation, I knew I was onto something here. Try this, my fellow foodies. If dark chocolate and orange sound tempting to you, you will most likely fall in love with these brownies after – no, during – the very first bite!
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 put some chocolate in these brownies, shall we?
Prep Time: 10 min
Baking Time: 15-20 min
Total Time: 25-30 min
Servings: 9 brownies
For this recipe you will need:
⅓ cup cacao
⅓ cup 85% dark chocolate, chopped
1 tbsp rooibos tea leafs
½ cup coconut sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil
½ tsp vanilla
1 organic orange, zested and juiced
1 ¼ cups almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
- In a medium sized pot, combine the orange juice, orange zest (keep one tablespoon aside for later), vanilla, rooibos and coconut sugar and let simmer for 3 minutes. The sugar will dissolve in the orange juice and slightly caramelize. Do not miss these lovely smells! Lastly add the coconut oil and allow to melt.
- In a big bowl, combine the almond flour, cacao and baking soda. Pour in the liquid ingredients once they are slightly cooled down. Mix all ingredients well until a smooth batter has formed. It’s getting even better: chop the dark chocolate and add to the mix, stirring it in evenly.
- Line a tray with baking paper and spread the batter thinly in square shape (~1-1.5 cm thick).
- bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Serve with orange wedges and lemon zest on top. Enjoy this orangey, chocolatey piece of heaven!