Hello again, I know it’s been a little while since I’ve posted a recipe my sincere apologies. 2018 has been a challenging year thus far finding the balance of mum and personal life quite demanding let alone time to work on my blog sharing my ideas. It becomes a juggling act that’s for sure.
My love for healthy food hasn’t changed we continue to live a healthy lifestyle even when the weekdays find no time for long hours in the kitchen especially with after school sports/activity commitments every night of the week. The joys of active boys.
Lately my food philosophy has been quick healthy meals and a lot more food prepping. That could mean planning at the start of the week what’s for dinner each night. Making a few extra dinners when I have a free day to freeze for quick no-time for prep nights, and even making double batches so we can eat it for a second time throughout the week (nothing wrong with that). This has helped take the stress out of meal time and keeping us on track with eating nutritious dinners which is so important for my growing, active family and us parents keeping up with them.
I’ll post more about this later on and share some of my go-to meals for mid-week dinners stay tuned..
For today I wanted to share with you these amazing brownies I made for two reasons. One because my kids love brownies and seriously who doesn’t love an indulgent gooey brownie every now and then. And two, my middle son suffers from very dry skin and acute eczema. With the change of weather now becoming colder and a lot dryer his skin has dried out severely and made him inch and irritable.
You probably asking why don’t you just use some cream and what has this got to do with brownies?
I’ll tell you, most skin conditions are caused internally by some sort of deficiency, lacking something in your diet usually reveals itself through our skin and common conditions such as acne, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis all stems from internal issues. The skin is the largest organ in our body after all. Maintaining optimal gut health is the key factor in curing these kinds of conditions. Whilst creams and oils may temporarily comfort and soothe the skin it doesn’t actual fix the underlying problem, it all comes back to diet and your gut.
Which comes to the brownies, this recipe I found from an amazing fellow health guru who has an incredible amount of knowledge about nutrition and easy to follow healthy recipes Casey-Lee from Live, Love, Nourish Casey-Lee added avocado to her Easy Blender Brownies sounds weird right? But it’s actually a brilliant addition. When added to the rich, fudgy cacao batter which is gluten, grain, dairy and refined sugar-free, the smooth creamy texture of the avocado just works so well together. You can’t taste that there is any avocado in it at all in fact if I didn’t mention it you’d never know! My kids didn’t, they inhaled them so fast that I should have made a double batch!
As most of us know avocado is full of healthy fats and oils which is essential to rehydrating the skin for a naturally healthy glowing complexion. Exactly what my son is needing more of at the moment, what better way than to disguise it in healthy choc chunk brownies. Also the addition of fish oils in your diet such as oily fish, tuna, salmon etc is vital for the same reasons. I am going to have to up the anti on this and experiment a little more on interesting ways to serve fish as he isn’t too fussed on it either.
Ahh the tricks we must play!
Healthy Choc Chunk Brownies
A healthier yet delicious brownie recipe free from gluten, grains and dairy. Added benefits of avocado and using refined sugar-free sweetener.
Credit: adapted from Live, Love Nourish Easy Blender Brownies by Casey Lee Lyons
3 large free range eggs
1/2 cup (100g) ripe avocado
1/3 cup rice malt syrup or natural sweetener of choice
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup almond meal
1/3 cup raw cacao
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup 70% dark chocolate, cut into chunks
- Preheat oven to 170’C
- In a vitamix or blender add all the wet ingredients followed by the remaining dry ingredients with the exception of the dark choc chunks.
- Blend on low-speed until well combined
- Pour brownie batter into a prepared square cake tin lined with baking paper, top with chocolate chunks
- Bake in the oven for 20-25mins until skewer comes out dry
- Allow to cool slightly before cutting into squares