| Vegan + Sugar-Free Brownies |

If you’re anything like me, you love your chocolate. When I decided to go processed sugar-free I knew I needed to create something that would still give me my chocolate fix without all the added processed sugars, fillers, colours, chemicals, shellacs, etc, etc… So I came up with this chocolate brownie recipe made entirely without added sugars, wheat flour, or animal products! I decided to try chickpea flour in this recipe simply because my Mom gifted me a large bag of it when we came to visit, but I may try this recipe with an oat or coconut flour in the future.

Chickpea flour is a great source of dietary fibre, is good for your heart health, it can stabilize blood sugar levels, lowers inflammation and is good for your immune system, and is free of gluten for those with a gluten allergy! 

I am a big fan of using Cacao powder instead of cocoa powder (yes, there IS a difference) in my recipes because of the amount of processing involved in turning the raw cacao into the common supermarket cocoa powder, and I do enjoy the many health benefits of raw cacao. Cacao is known to have high antioxidant qualities, it can boost your mood, lower your blood pressure, and can regulate insulin levels in the body. Cocoa powder has to go through a longer heating process than cacao and becomes less bitter in the process, however, the versions of cocoa on the store shelves are usually filled with sugars and fillers to make them sweeter and cheaper! 

Since I’m not adding processed sugars into this recipe I will be sweetening it with the mashed banana and almond butter. (If you are unable to eat nuts, the banana does just fine on its own!) Make sure that your chocolate chips, nibs, or shavings are actually sugar free, and don’t be tricked by “cane juice” on the label. Check your local health food store for various sugar free chocolate add-ins or even make your own - yum! 

Since I’m not adding processed sugars into this recipe I will be sweetening it with the mashed banana and almond butter. (If you are unable to eat nuts, the banana does just fine on its own!) Make sure that your chocolate chips, nibs, or shavings are actually sugar free, and don’t be tricked by “cane juice” on the label. Check your local health food store for various sugar free chocolate add-ins or even make your own - yum! 


 VEGAN + SUGAR-FREE BROWNIES RECIPE

  • 1 cup chickpea flour 
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 1 ripe banana 
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (can be removed if you have a nut allergy) 
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup almond milk (or dairy free beverage of choice - see point #4 below) 
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup sugar free chocolate chips, nibs, or chunks (I found my chocolate chips at a local health food store) 
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350° F 
  2. Whisk together the chickpea flour, cacao powder, and baking powder until all is combined
  3. In a separate bowl, mash your banana up and add the room temperature coconut oil and vanilla 
  4. Pour your banana mix and almond milk into the dry ingredients and mix together with a spoon until there is no more powder. (Depending on the mix, you may need to add a little extra almond milk to get a smoother consistency; however, you don’t want the mix to be too runny) 
  5. Once all is combined, pour your chocolate chips into the mix and stir together 
  6. Prep your baking pan by placing a layer of tin foil in it and grease the bottom with coconut oil so that the brownies don’t stick 
  7. Once your pan is ready, pour your mixture in and smooth it out until it’s about a quarter-inch thick (depending on your pan) 
  8. I like to top my brownies off with a few more chocolate chips before popping the pan into the oven 
  9. Bake your brownies for about 15-20 minutes