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Banana Walnut Brownies.

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Banana Walnut Brownies

Ingredients

  • Banana (3 - large)
  • Egg (3)
  • Coconut Oil (1/4 cup)
  • Almond Butter (1/2 cup)
  • Vanilla Bean Extract (1 tsp)
  • Coconut Flour (1/2 cup)
  • Coconut Sugar (1/2 cup)
  • Baking Soda (1 tsp)
  • Baking Powder (1 tsp)
  • Ground Cinnamon (1/2 tsp)
  • Pink Himalayan Salt (pinch)
  • Dark Chocolate Bar (100g)
  • Walnuts (1 cup)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

  2. Chop the chocolate bar into 1cmx1cm pieces and set aside.

  3. Cut the walnuts into small pieces and set aside.

  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the coconut flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt.

  5. Melt the coconut oil by microwaving it for about 30 seconds.

  6. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, coconut oil, almond butter and vanilla bean extract until fully combined.

  7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.

  8. Fold the chocolate chunks and walnut pieces into the mix, setting some aside to sprinkle on top.

  9. Pour the batter into a shallow baking dish and sprinkle the remaining chocolate chunks and walnut pieces on top.

  10. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. I would recommed putting it on fan forced if your oven has this option, but be sure to check it every 5 minutes to make sure it doesn't burn. You'll know it's ready when it doesn't wobble when you move the pan, and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

  11. Allow to cool in the baking dish on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before cutting up the brownies.

  12. Serve and enjoy!

How this recipe promotes a healthy gut

One of the star ingredients in this recipe is Dark Chocolate. Dark Chocolate (at least 70% cocoa or higher) is actually a great treat to have here and there as it is full of antioxidants.

In your body there is a plentyful supply of free radicals whizzing around. Free radicals are atoms that are desperately looking for somewhere to land, enter antioxidants. Antioxidants provide a safe place for these free radicals to land, therefore keeping them away from where they can cause dammage (e.g. to DNA, cell membranes, etc).

Your body does produce some antioxidants itself, but free radicals usually outnumber them so make sure to give it a helping hand by including antioxidant rich foods in your diet.