White Miso, Chocolate & Almond Butter Blondies (V, GF)
A pinch of salt is an indispensable ingredient when it comes to baking. Whether making a cake or a batch of cookies, a little bit of salt always appears in the list of ingredients. Why? Because it enhances the flavour of your creation. It gives your baked goodie a round, more complex taste. Without salt, a cake might taste more flat and less elaborate. Instead of using salt, I experimented with using white miso – a paste made from fermented soy beans. They don’t only add as saltiness but also a slightly more savoury touch. Are you willing to try this?
more than miso soup
Miso is a condiment made from soy beans that are fermented with salt and Aspergillus oryzae fungus. Miso paste is not only popular thanks to its rich flavour foundation but also due to its rich nutritional profile. This protein-rich paste adds the fifth flavour umami, so let’s appreciate the fact that it’s not only delicious but also highly nutritious! More great news: the probiotic strain (A. oryzae) found in miso supports the health of your microbiome, thereby improving your immune system’s function. Additionally, the fermentation process reduces the amount of anti-nutrients naturally found in foods including soy beans. This means that your body is able to absorb more of the nutrients found in foods that have been fermented. So what are these nutrients that our health benefits from? Miso contains copper (forms red blood cells in collaboration with iron), manganese (cofactor for large variety of enzymes), vitamin K (blood coagulation) and zinc (prenatal and postnatal development). Putting a little bit of miso into soups, curries, stews, roasted veggies and as it turns out baked goodies is a fantastic way to give our foods a nutritional boost while adding more flavour. Go get yourself some miso today, my fellow foodies!
Prep Time: 10 min
Baking Time: 25-28 min
Servings: ca 12 blondies
For this recipe you will need:
2 tbsp flax seeds
2/3 cup plant based milk
2 tbsp almond butter
1 1/2 tbsp white miso paste
1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp baking soda
125g 85% dark chocolate, roughly chopped (keep 2 tbsp for sprinkling on top)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a rectangular oven proof dish with baking paper.
- In a blender, blend the flax seeds together with the plant based milk, nut butter and miso paste until well combines.
- In a bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut sugar and baking soda. Add the wet ingredients and with a spatula, make everything come together. Add in the chopped chocolate and spread evenly on the baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate on top and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes.
- Allow to cool, then cut into small squares and enjoy the complexity of flavours – miso paste does not only belong into miso soup, so it seems!