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"Healthy" Brownies

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Monday May 19 2014

One of my lovely downtown Toronto clinic patients introduced me to the cookbook: Oh She Glows.  I am in love with this cookbook!  It's vegan AND provides lots of gluten-free options.  Relatively simple recipes.  Great big colourful photos (I can't have a cookbook without photos for each recipe to INSPIRE me to make something yummy!).  And yummy results.  Below is a sample of one of the wonderful recipes that Angela Liddon creates and shares in Oh She Glows!

Ultra Fudgy Brownies

Adapted from Sweet Freedom.

Servings: 9 to 12


  • 1 small avocado (1/4 cup packed)
  • 1 cup Sucanat (brown sugar might work?)
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil (reduced from 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tbsp ground chia seeds (or ground flax)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp organic dark roasted coffee or instant
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1¼ cup whole grain spelt flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp Himalayan sea salt



  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  2. Line an 8” pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
  3. In a large bowl, gently smash the avocado with a fork to break apart. Then use a hand mixer until smooth.
  4. Add the Sucanat, maple syrup, oil, chia, vanilla extract and coffee, and mix until smooth.
  5. In a medium bowl, sift together the spelt flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix on low or stir by hand until it is just mixed.
  7. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  8. Pour the mixture onto the baking pan.
  9. Dip your spatula in cold water and smooth the mixture evenly throughout the baking pan and smooth the top of the pre-cooked brownie.  Note: the batter will be VERY THICK so don't worry and think that you did something wrong!
  10. Once smooth, place the baking pan in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes.  Note: do NOT bake for more than 25 minutes even if it looks like it needs more time!
  11. Remove the baking pan from the oven and let it cool for 20 minutes.
  12. Put the baking pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set and firm.
  13. Remove the large brownie from pan and cut it into smaller pieces with a pizza slicer.


You can find the original article HERE.

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