I love a good brownie at times; and I’ve noticed a lot of the time they aren’t healthy in any way. Packed with sugars, and even some vegan recipes are not the healthiest with many recipes having like 2 cups of oil- that is crazy. For me I wanted to make my brownies healthy and packed with antioxidants and nutrients rather than sugars and fat. So the idea came to me when Indigo Herbs got in contact and offered me some ingredients to create my own recipe & they loved the idea of a supercharged chocolate brownie which both tastes amazing & is healthy enough for you to enjoy without having any guilt.
What is Indigo Herbs?
Indigo Herbs is a company that provide organic products within the UK; they were established in 2004 and are passionate about an all natural health
They think the path to health starts with taking responsibility for your body, mind and soul. The second step is making the change by working some healthy routines into your daily lifestyle. They also think that it is possible to achieve optimum nutrition whilst living in harmony with the environment, plants and animals. For many people this means a diet rich in plant based ingredients, which has a lower impact on the environment. This is how I live my life, in harmony with low impact on the environment as much as I can. Therefore I just couldn’t say no to collaborating with this amazing company, making the world a better place one superfood packet at a time, haha.
What makes these brownies so healthy?
Well as 4 of these ingredients (which you will find in the recipe below) are super foods; they provide health benefits from combating fatigue, supporting normal blood pressure and can help relax muscles. The 4 superfoods that are included in this recipe are:
Maca powder– which helps to support normal blood pressure and regular blood circulation it is powerful in antioxidants and good for boosting the immune system. Maca is an ancient food source which is grown on the Bombom Plateau of Peru.
Cacao powder– you can’t have chocolate brownies without this ingredient! But cacao powder has benefits as well; it is highly antioxidant, a natural mood enhancer and high in Iron which helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. Such a great superfood in my book!
Cacao nibs – these raw chocolate nibs are the vegan version of chocolate chips; but packed with nutritious goodness. They are high in Magnesium, Potassium and Iron which help to combat tiredness while boosting your energy levels.
Maple syrup – this is nature’s natural sweetener; this organic syrup is the perfect sugar alternative (which is why I have used it in this recipe; as I have not added any sugars, the sweetness of this product will be just enough for the brownies)
I had to make these twice to get the recipe perfect for you guys to recreate; the first batch didn’t rise enough & the second time they came out perfectly. So amazingly that my granddad who is not a lover of sweet chocolate desserts had like 3 of the brownies I made. He said they were so good because they were not sweet, so I think if you have a sweet tooth you may have to increase the amount of syrup you add to your mixture. However they do taste amazing with just 3 tbsp.
Maca Chocolate Brownies
- 2 cups Plain flour
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 4 tbsp Cacao powder
- 2 tbsp Maca powder
- 3 tbsp Maple syrup
- 1/4 cup Soy milk
- 1 & 1/2 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
- 1 tsp Vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp Cacao nibs
Pre-heat oven to 180
Next in a bowl sieve the flour, baking powder, cacao powder and maca powder, then add it the syrup, soy milk, oil and vanilla essence. Mix together, then once smooth add in the cocoa nibs, stir again
And lastly add the mixture to a greased tin, bake for 30 minutes in the pre-heated oven.