DOUBLE CHOCOLATE SUPERFOOD BROWNIES | STEEMIT CULINARY CHALLENGE #41 | VEGAN, ORGANIC, PLANT-BASED, GLUTEN-FREE, NO PROCESSED SUGARsteemCreated with Sketch.

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These brownies taste like a rich chocolate cake, but they’re only 200 calories and they're made up of superfoods and delicious organic ingredients.

The theme for this week's culinary challenge is monochrome, so I thought I would create a monochrome brownie recipe. From the walnuts, to the hemp hearts, to the cacao nibs, and chocolate ganache, these brownies have an array of brown tones.

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Okay so for those of your who have seen any of my previous posts, its pretty obvious that I'm obsessed with chocolate. But I also care a lot about eating healthy and organic ingredients that are honestly sourced. And therefore I really can't eat processed chocolate what with the chemical additives, excessive processed sugar, and hydrogenated oils (processed oils which are really bad for you). So I had to find a way around this, and that's why I've started making my own versions of all my favourite chocolate treats. The great thing is that once you take out all the above bad components of chocolate and put in superfoods and organic ingredients, chocolate is actually very good for you. And on top of that organic cacao is actually a very potent superfood in itself.

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Health benefits of organic cacao (a.k.a cocoa)

Cacao has the highest amount of iron compared with other plant-based foods. It's also loaded with magnesium which contributes to heart health and brain function. It's a very high source of calcium, and has more calcium than in cow's milk. And because of the natural caffeine components in cacao it's actually a natural mood elevator and gives you a bit of an energy kick. And even though it's not as strong as some other caffeinated foods and drinks, it's a great source of organic caffeine.

For more about the health benefits of the other ingredients in this recipe you can click the links below from my previous posts about them:

Walnuts
Hemp Hearts
Avocados
Sweet Potatoes
Dates

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Here's how I did it

Ingredients

BROWNIES

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup mashed organic sweet potato
1/2 cup organic coconut flour
3 tbsp organic unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp organic peanut butter
1/4 cup organic maple syrup
1/4 cup organic milk (use almond milk or coconut milk for vegan brownies)

GANACHE

20 dates (I used pitted sayer dates)
1 small avocado
1 very ripe organic banana
1 tbsp organic peanut butter
2 tbsp organic unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp sea salt

TOPPINGS

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Hemp hearts
Organic unsweetened cacao nibs

*Nutrition information: 215 calories, 1.5 tsps maple syrup per brownie; this recipe makes 9 brownies.

Directions

Preheat your oven to 325 F. In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for your brownies. Mix until well combined, and then fold in your walnut pieces. Next grease a square cake pan with oil (I used organic walnut oil). And add your batter to the pan, spreading it out evenly. Bake for 30 minutes.

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Take your dates and boil with 1 cup of water for 7 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Then place dates in a blender with their liquid and blend until smooth. Next add your banana and avocado to the blender and blend until smooth. Next, empty out the contents of your blender into a large mixing bowl and combine all your ingredients for the ganache and mix well.

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Then once your brownies are done, spread your ganache on top of the brownies, and sprinkle on your walnuts, cacao nibs and hemp hearts. Store in the fridge and they will keep for about a week. Eh voila! Double chocolate superfood brownies!

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I hope you guys enjoy this recipe. It's a great healthy indulgence for a celebration or just to have around the house. And though I wasn't expecting this, the brownies taste just like a rich chocolate cake, but without all the guilt. So if you're a chocolate fan, you will love this.

Much Love,

Natasha


All photos and recipe are mine and original.

For more about me check out my Introduceyourself

And you can also connect with me on Instagram

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And for more of my guilt-free sweet treats and other healthy recipes click the links below:

Vegan Healthy Banana Splits
Vegan Chocolate Chia Peanut Butter Cups
Vegan Poutine
Vegan Chocolate Chip Superfood Granola
Vegan Chocolate Date Truffles
Vegan Chickpea Curry
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cups
Vegan Chocolate Ginger Cookies
Vegan Pizza and Homemade Pesto
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Donuts

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You make me hungry @natshahall...;)

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I second that!

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Lol glad to hear it! :)

Your brownie looks amazing! This is one of my fav choco dessert. Now, I'm craving for some :-D

These sound simply delicious and guilt free I wish I had one to nibble on now :(!!! Got to give these a try!!!!

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Thanks so much @laurenkavanagh! :)

Another winner and what a nice touch with the maple syrup

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Thank you @azfix! I really appreciate that :)

We love brownies. I'' give your beautiful recipe a try! Good luck. It looks like a winner to me ;)

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Thank you @amy-goodrich! So glad you liked it! Let me know how it goes :)

Absolutely beautiful brown monochrome entry @natashahall, from deep to delicate these brownies have many tones and look fantastic! No need to tell me they taste just as good as they look... I am eating one in my head already!!! I love recipes like this, I don't mean because it makes me want to eat (!) but because it shows people how high-quality chocolately treats can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet, rather than avoided as part of an unhealthy diet! I have no doubt both chocolate and super-food lovers will want to try this recipe out immediately, and surely @progressivechef will find these irresistible as well :-) Good luck!

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Thank you for the wonderful feedback @woman-onthe-wing! That's exactly what I was going for. I'm really glad you liked them :)

Gorgeous food post, I love it!

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Thanks @gringalicious! I appreciate that :)

Oh my goodness, I'm coming over before they're all gone! They're all gone aren't they🙁?

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Lol not quite :) But hurry up!

yummy!

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thanks!

The Aaaaao Chocolate wonderful taste, but I could not taste

The Aaaaao Chocolate wonderful taste, but I could not taste

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Lol thanks!

Oh my god it looks so delicious!!!!

Delicious, Yummy, Now I am hungry to eat it.

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Haha, thanks @coolbuddy!

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Welcome 😘

Nice! :)

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You are welcome! :)

It looks delicious!!!!!!!!!

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Thank you!! :)

mmmm I love some good sweet raw vegan chocolate treat <3

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So glad you stopped by @tioluis! :)

Congratulations on a wonderfully plant-powered post!
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Thanks so much @plantpowerparty! What a great initiative!

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You are so welcome! Thanks for spreading the inspiration! :)

ugh, had to go to the fridge at this hour...

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Thanks for the reply
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Marry me!

😍BROWNIES 😍
@paps

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YES! :D

Wow very delicious 👌

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Thank you!

Waaaa - again! I have a nice glass of French red - your BROWNIES would be a perfect match!!

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Excellent! Thanks for stopping by @surfdog! :)

Yum! These look delicious, but also a very easy to make recipe!

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Thanks! Yes they definitely are :)

I need these right now Natsha................omgsh, soooooo yummy. UPV & RSD 🍇🍍🍑🌸🍑🍍🍉

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Thank you @lenasveganliving! Glad you like them :)

This sounds fantastic!! How long will the brownies keep? And do you refrigerate them for storage?

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Ahh yes, good question. They will keep for just over a week, and yes store them in the fridge.

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Thank you!

this looks very delicious, dear friend @natashahall, I must admit it has opened my appetite. Thank you very much for sharing the ingredients and the recipe
Have a great day

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Thanks so much @jlufer! Have a wonderful day as well! :)

Is it wrong that these brownies turn me on? 😍
How can they look this sexy, be so low calorie and be vegan at the same time!? 10/10 would smash!😉

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Lol thank you!

Very nice...so much chocolate so little time :) Such a healthy obsession...

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Thank you @throughmyeyes! So glad you liked it :)

Amazing ur post😊
Good luck @natashahall👍👍🌹

Wow, these look and sound so good. These would be something considered deceptively delicious with their extra added ingredients. They sound yummy! Thanks for sharing.

I am need of some desserts and those brownies looks so good!!

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Thanks so much @xredsoulless!

Ok, really really thank you so much for this! I'm veg too, and I loved this.
I'm just going to try it. Send you a hug! :) ❤

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Thank you!

these looks so so delicious

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Thanks so much!

These sound absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

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You are welcome @natashahall :)

These looks irresistibly delicious! 😋 Will definitely be trying

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Thank you @lolzwithlisa! Let me know how it goes :)