The chocoholic in me is speaking. The chocoholic in me is begging for some chocolate. I am trying to fool it with fruit or honey but sometimes, this simply doesn’t work. Chocolate addiction is a serious business, you know. I am supposed to deal with it every single day. Well, very often I lose the game. In such cases, I have two options: to choose a ready-to-eat chocolate treat or make it myself. Last time, I chose the latter.
And here is what came out – banana and coconut brownies. They are moist and full of flavours, rich in cocoa, sweet and bitterish at the same time. And of course, I tried to make them as healthy as possible – less sugar, less flour, no butter.
The recipe is super easy. It only takes a few minutes to mix the ingredients and less than half an hour to bake it. I love desserts that are made in a single bowl, put on a tray and baked. So simple.
Now, let’s see the recipe…
- 100 melted coconut oil
- 80 g brown sugar
- 6 tbsp. raw honey
- 4 eggs
- 20 g wholemeal flour
- 20 g oats
- 40 g ground linseed
- 50 g cocoa powder
- 50 g unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 1 ripe banana
- 50 g dark chocolate
- 20-30 g walnuts, chopped
Preheat the oven to 180°C and put a piece of greaseproof paper on a tray. I use a round tray, 28 cm in diameter.
Mix the coconut oil, sugar and honey in a big bowl. Add the eggs one by one and stir until well-combined. Next, put the dry ingredients – flour, oats, linseed, cocoa powder and the baking powder – and stir again.
OK, it is usually recommended that dry ingredients are mixed separately first, but this is not some kind of refined recipe to make you stay in the kitchen for hours. It’s something you want to prepare quickly and eat quickly, too. No unnecessary fuss. Besides, I almost never mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and the result is always good enough. Anyway…
Now, it’s time for the desiccated coconut. Stir and add a pinch of salt. Salt? I’m sure you know why, but still, I’ll say it – salt will enhance the chocolate flavour. 🙂
Mash one ripe banana and add it to the mixture, plus a handful or two of chopped nuts. I used walnuts but hazelnuts or other nuts would also taste great. Finally, sprinkle little pieces of dark chocolate and stir carefully. Ah, what a luxury! You’re done.
Pour the mixture into the tray and bake for about 20-25 minutes. It should be firm and spongy when you press it with your finger. Your brownies are ready.
Well, I don’t pretend they are very close to the original brownies but at least, they are tasty and healthier, I would say. And good for chocolate addicts. 🙂