Delicious Vegan Brownies with Orange Icing and Pistachios

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Ingredients

  • 150g stevia (or you can use caster sugar)
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds (with 6 tbsps of water)
  • 80ml melted coconut oil
  • 105g plain flour
  • 25g of cocoa powder
  • 2 tsps of vanilla essence

Decoration

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp of orange essence
  • 50g pistachios chopped
  • handful of rose petals

Equipment

  • Large Mixing bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Baking tray

Why are these better for you than normal brownies?

  • Chia seeds are really good for you as they are full of antioxidants, contain fibre, omega 3, phosphorus, protein and they also help with weight loss as they make you feel fuller!
  • Coconut Oil maintains more nutrients when cooked at a higher heat than other oils, it’s good for your insulin levels, boosts your metabolism, improves your cholesterol, great for your brain, it’s an anti-inflammatory, helps with circulation and more!
  • They also don’t use chocolate, which although is glorious we all know isn’t good for you in copious amounts.
  • This is the same with butter, which brownies usually contain buckets of.
  • Using Stevia instead of caster sugar makes them much lower in calories as stevia contains 75% less calories than ordinary sugar.

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C or gas mark 4.
  • To make the chia ‘eggs’, place the chia seeds and water in a cup, mix together and place in the fridge for about 5 minutes until the seeds absorb all the water and become gelatinous (they will look like frogspawn).
  • Line your baking tray with oil and a flour dusting
  • Mix the melted coconut oil, sugar and chia egg and then add the rest of the ingredients and stir again. It is quite a dry mixture, but if it seems very dry add some milk.
  • Cook for about 20-30 minutes depending on how gooey you want your brownies, but the oil in these (as opposed to butter) does make them moister. Leave them to cool.
  • Mix the icing sugar and orange essence with a little water just do it is runny enough to drizzle. Once the brownies are cooled trickle the icing on top, with the pistachios and rose petals.

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