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Chocolate & Coconut Brownies

Chocolate & coconut brownies - Warm, fudgy, no added sugar and so simple to make - and you know me...I'm adding extra vege in there too! Trust me, the courgette/zucchini works

Cocoa is packed with polyphenols too (plant chemicals that have been linked with better overall health) and has even been shown to help manage high blood pressure - a key risk factor in heart disease

For those outside the UK, just swap the granola for another no added sugar option or the granola recipe in my book.

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Ingredients

Makes 12 squares

130g wholemeal flour 40g cocoa or cacao powder 50g desiccated coconut 40g @bioandmeuk Cocoa & Coconut Granola 125ml extra virgin olive oil 1 chia egg: 1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp water 100g dates, pitted 1 small courgette / zucchini 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking powder Pinch of salt

To Top

A handful of flaked coconut

Method

Step 1

Soak the dates in hot water for 30 minutes - then blitz them in a food processor until a paste is formed and transfer to a small bowl.

Step 2

Preheat the oven at 180c and line a baking tin with baking paper.

Step 3

Make the chia egg: add the chia seeds and water to a cup, then stir and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.

Step 4

In a large mixing bowl, add the wholemeal flour, cacao powder, desiccated coconut baking powder and salt, then mix until well-combined.

Step 5

Blitz the courgette in a food processor, then add the extra virgin olive oil, date paste and vanilla extract, blitzing again until smooth.

Step 6

Stir the chia egg through the courgette mixture.

Step 7

Pour the courgette mixture into the flour mix and combine.

Step 8

Blitz the Bio&Me Cocoa & Coconut Granola into a food processor until the chunks have broken up, then stir evenly through the mixture.

Step 9

Pour the mixture into the baking tin and sprinkle with the flaked coconut.

Step 10

Bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean, then allow them to cool before cutting.

To get a chewy brownie texture, place in the fridge for an hour (if you can wait that long) then enjoy!

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