Makes 24 Brownies

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160ml almond or other milk
3 tablespoons milled chia seeds1 block (200g) creamed coconut
225g 70–85% dark chocolate
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups (210g) coconut sugar
2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder

Fresh homemade almond milk


First up, make a chia ‘egg’ by mixing together the almond milk and
milled chia in a small bowl. Rest for 10 mins.

Firs up the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°F. Line a 20cm x 20cm square
brownie tin with baking parchment.

In the meantime, slowly melt the solid block of coconut cream
(including the oil on top of the block) with just 200g of the dark
chocolate in a small saucepan.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and coconut sugar together until
frothy. Stir through the baking powder. Chop up the remaining 25g of
chocolate and add it in. Now let the melted chocolate coconut ganache
party with the batter. Finally, drop in your chia egg. Spoon this
glossy gorgeousness into the lined brownie tin.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until you see cracks along the top.
Remove, and cool in the tin. Best served cold or at room temperature.


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Maria from Life Cleanse popped in for tea last week and brought some of her delicious brownies with her and I devoured the lot so we just knew we had to share the recipe with you so you can make them for yourself this christmas.

Marias fabulously festive brownies for Tasty Thursday:

The nutmeg and ginger add a nice festive flavour to these brownies. They’re great as a dessert or a sweet snack with tea. Personally I love them with a cup of the Pukka Revitalise blend to get me in the mood for Christmas!


Ingredients: Make 6

1 cup organic dates

1 cup organic sweet potato

1 heaped tbsp organic cacao powder

1 tablespoon organic coconut oil

1 and 1/4 cup organic walnuts

1 tablespoon raw organic honey

2 tsp organic vanilla extract

2 tsps organic ground nutmeg

2 tsps organic ground ginger

2 tsps organic ground cinnamon


Soak the dates overnight or for 6-8 hours and remove the pits.

Steam the sweet potato for roughly 20 minutes until soft and chop into small chunks. I usually steam sweet potatoes whole as they are much easier to peel and chop once soft.

Put the dates, sweet potato, walnuts, coconut oil and cacao into a food processor and process until smooth.

Add the honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and process again to allow all of the flavours to mix through.

Spread a teaspoon of coconut oil onto a small baking tray and then add the mix. Use a hot knife to make indentations for 6 brownies and bake at 170 degrees celsius (150 c for a fan assisted oven) for 35 minutes.


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Boost your brownies – Adding a supergreen powder to sweet treats is a great way to sneak some superfoods into little ones or unsuspecting guests. I added a heaped teaspoon of Moringa leaf powder to these ones. Moringa is a true superfood packed full of 92 nutrients including 46 antioxidants, 18 amino acids, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, omega 3,6,9 and loads of vitamins! You can add this at the same time as the cacao.

Maria has some great retreats for January up on her site if you feel like renewing and refreshing in the new year!!