Friday, July 6, 2012

vegan fudge brownies - low-gi

Joel absolutely loves brownies – if made well and gooey.
I attempted build some for him a while back, but they didn’t quite turn out the way I’d hoped.
Round two and OH MY GOODNESS – amazing.

Not too sweet, rich and gooey, low-gi, grain-free, packed with healthy oils and best of all vegan!
Ordinarily I would have used eggs to bind the mixture together, but a few weeks back I picked up ‘No-Egg’, a gluten and dairy free egg replacer. Unopened and wanting to keep these brownies vegan, I decided to incorporate the egg replacement into the recipe. I was skeptical at first, but was pleasantly surprised with the result.

I love hiding vegetables and fruit in baked goods, it keeps the meal healthier, lower in fat and higher in fibre.
Not to mention, Joel does not like beetroot - like, at all. I’ve tried everything for him to eat this vegetable, but he is no fan. So, I hid a large beetroot in the mixture and he didn’t seem to notice! Score one for my sneaky beetroot endeavours.

I’ve also used Lucuma powder in this recipe to keep it nice and low-gi as this Peruvian health food has a super low gi index of 25.

Lucuma also contains 14 essential trace elements, including a considerable amount of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, beta-carotene, niacin and phosphorus. Phosphorus is important for bone and protein formation, digestion and hormone balance.

There are also studies to indicate that lucuma may have anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and skin-repair effects on human skin.


(makes 12+)

1 large beetroot, roughly chopped
1 large red apple, roughly chopped
¼ c water

2 c shredded coconut, pulsed in blender/processor until powdered
½ - ¾ c raw cocoa powder (depending on how rich you like your chocolate)
½ c mesquite powder
½ c lucuma powder
½ c coconut sugar
2 tsp bi-carb soda
40g vegan dark chocolate
pinch of vanilla salt

3 tblsp No-Egg, mixed in ¼ c water
½ - 1 tsp stevia (depending on sweetness)
1 tblsp vanilla extract
¼ c coconut oil
¼ c cocoa butter, melted

Heat oven to 180 C and line a 6” x 12” porcelain dish or brownie tin, with baking paper.
Place apple and beetroot along with water in a large pot – cook through until soft.
Cool, then empty contents into a food processor/blender and whiz until pureed.
Separately combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and create a well in the middle.
In the well, pour in the wet ingredients along with the puree.
Stir in a rotational movement until well combined.
Scoop batter into the baking dish and place in oven for 40 mins – or until skewer is inserted and comes out clean.
Cool (if you can wait) and enjoy.

With just the two of us at home, we won’t get through these brownies in a couple of days, so I will be storing them in the freezer. Just pull them out to thaw about 1 hour before you’re ready to eat, good as new.

Sometimes, when that chocolate craving comes around, it’s good to have something on hand.


  1. Hadn't heard of lucama until now. We'll have to try it out on our baked goods as a sweetner:) I looked it up and it says it has a maple-like flavor. Is this true, based on your experience?

    1. Yes, it's kind of maple-like but with a caramelly fruity complex. It's great because it doesn't feel like an 'empty' sweetener.