When we held our first retreat for people with or recovering from cancer in October last year all the ladies went crazy for Mel's chocolate brownies so we thought we should share the recipe with you. What makes them so wonderful is that they are incredibly delicious and not at all naughty!
- 1½ cups spelt flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder (or carob powder)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- 1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
- ½ cup oil (sunflower/olive/safflower)
- 1 cup rice syrup (or maple syrup for sweeter taste)
- ½ cup rice milk or soya milk1 tsp.
- 2/3 cup chopped walnuts.
1. Preheat oven to 180 C/gas 4/350 F. Oil an 8 inch square baking pan.
2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
3. Place the bananas, oil, syrup, soy/rice milk and vanilla in a blender and blend until well mixed.
4. Stir the blended mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well. Fold half the nuts into the batter
5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining nuts on top.
6. Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the pan before slicing into squares.
Melanie Hubbard is a cook, teacher and health and nutrition consultant specialising in Macrobiotic cooking: email@example.com.