Healthy, vegan, oil + refined sugar-free brownies

Healthy, vegan, oil + refined sugar-free brownies

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Long time no talk! I figured it was about time to update my blog and start sharing, sharing, sharing on here again. I’ve been super active on Instagram but have found myself really distant from my actual blog. So I’m back with recipes, sustainability inspo/advice, and so much more!

Let’s talk chocolate.

I’ve been craving brownies like crazy lately. I’ve also been transitioning to a mostly oil-free diet (along with already being 100% vegan), so I wanted to find a recipe that would be free of all oil and refined sugar while also being delicious, healthy and of course, vegan AF.

I had a hard time finding a recipe that lined up perfectly for what I was looking for, as most recipes call for oil OR some sort of refined sugar which is just no bueno.

I’m approaching my 24th birthday in a couple of days (I’m thinking a yearly reflection is definitely in order, check out last year’s birthday reflection here!) and have been doing everything possible to live my life to its healthiest and most earth-friendly.

So, I created this insane recipe. And really, I mean it’s insane. It’s moist, gooey, sweet, fudgy, and nutty aka the way that all brownies should be (yup, even vegan ones). Oh and it’s super high in fiber, protein, and antioxidants. I might be going out on a limb here - but I don’t think it gets any better than that?!

Okay, okay - let’s get to this recipe.

What you’ll need:

- about a cup of kidney beans
- a quarter of a ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter (if you’re allergic to peanuts, you can use any type of nut/seed butter that you love!)
- 2-4 tablespoons, depending on the extremity of your choc craving, of cacao powder (cocoa powder would work fine too)
- a splash of pure, organic vanilla extract
- 4 soaked and pitted medjool dates (I soaked mine for about 20 min). You can add more here if you want more sweetness! I think for that traditional sweetness that we’re used to with brownies, you’d want to add 5-7 dates total.
- a splash of homemade cashew mylk to blend (can definitely use any type of plant-based milk though!)
- 1/4 cup of oats
- a splash of water to blend
- pecans or any type of nut sprinkled on top (optional)
- a high speed blender - if you don’t have a high speed blender, I would recommend soaking your dates longer and maybe using a bit more liquid to help it blend.

What you’ll do:

Pit and soak your dates. Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until all ingredients are blended together! You’ll want the batter to be thick like typical brownie batter. Line a pan with parchment paper, spread the batter into the lined pan, smooth out with a spatula, top with nuts of choice, and bake for ~15 minutes at 325 F. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before digging in.

Enjoy as a dessert, a snack, or even breakfast with coconut yogurt and a sliced banana like I did this morning. :) Let me know what you think in the comments below or on my Instagram page @sustainablylivingwell. If you make these bad boys, please make sure to tag me on insta so I can see your creations!

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