Cauliflower Brownies

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1 of Your 5 A Day In A Chocolate Gooey Surprise

prep time 15 mins     total time 65 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cauliflower florets (or a bag or pre-diced cauli rice if you’re feeling lazy/in a rush)

  • 2/3 cup dates, pitted

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I suggest hazelnut milk)

  • 3 tablespoons nut/seed butter (I use pip&nut almond)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour {See Notes}

  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • Pinch of unrefined sea salt

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional or use other nuts/seeds)

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

  • Handful of chopped hazelnuts for toppings

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F/175 C

  2. Bring a small pan of water to the boil and add your chopped cauliflower florets into a steamer basket on top of the pan. Cover and steam for 10 mins until soft. Set aside to cool. Alternatively you can use pre bagged cauliflower rice and microwave the bag for 3 minutes which is a super easy and quick and mess free alternative.

  3. Following this add the cauliflower, dates, hazelnut milk, nut butter, and vanilla into your blender/ food processor and blend until smooth (they’re may be a few lumps and bumps but the majority should be smooth)

  4. Once smooth add the flour, raw cacao powder, baking powder, and salt - then re-blend until the mixture is even - I do a taste test at this stage so you can check the richness of the chocolate and the sweetness - add either raw cacao or a sugar of your choice here to increase the flavour.

  5. Stir in the chopped walnuts and the dark chocolate chips

  6. Line a baking tin and spread the mixture evenly into the tin. Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes - do a tooth-pic check at 40 minutes and again at 50. The tooth-pic should come out clean

  7. Let the brownie cool for around 30 minutes. Perfect with dairy free ice cream and strawberries.

    This brownie can be enjoyed immediately or stored in an airtight container, lasting 1-2 weeks (although I am sure it wont last that long) .

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FOOD IS MEDICINE.

RECIPE BENEFITS…

  • Raw cacao contains up to four times the antioxidants of traditional cacao powder, and has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world. 

  • Cauliflower is high in fiber and another great source of antioxidants. It is also high in choline which helps with a process that's important for DNA synthesis. It also aids a healthy nervous system, this nutrient is required to make acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter.

  • Walnuts are a source of anti-Inflammatory and promote a healthy gut.

Lydia May Jeffery