Wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free, corn-free, gmo-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free….. How free can we be! Here is the freest brownie recipe I could create. Leave the walnuts out and these would be nut-free as well! Enjoy the newest free recipe at The Kitchen Twist!
It turns out that all the bad things commonly attributed to non-raw chocolate bars, such as cavities, weight gain and diabetes, are actually caused by the dairy, sugar and others fillers added to the dark chocolate. Health benefits of chocolate when it is in the form of raw cacao beans, butter, nibs and/or the powder include; weight loss (because of its high chromium and coumarin content), prevention of cavities (theobromine actually kills streptococci mutans one of the strains of bacteria that cause tooth decay) and regulation of blood sugar which is beneficial for diabetes (chromium can naturally regulate blood sugar). Also raw cacao benefits the heart and the entire cardiovascular system as a whole.
Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which also happens to be the most deficient mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Magnesium relaxes muscles, improves peristalsis in the bowels and relaxes the heart and cardiovascular system. The dark chocolate antioxidants have been clinically proven to literally dissolve plaque built up in the arteries which helps in reversing heart disease and causes naturally lower blood pressure.
Adukis are one of the highest protein and lowest fat varieties of bean. Full of fiber they are perfect for making smooth brownies. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids making them a complete protein and an amazing addition for people on a vegan diet.
You will reap various benefits with the use of the doTERRA essential oil, depending on which one you choose to use. Here are a just a few benefits of the various choices of oils.
Wild Orange: Helps with anxiety, digestion, menopause, nervousness and depression.
Citrus Bliss: Helps with depression, eating disorders, the immune system and is calming.
Lemon: Helps with depression, is antifungal, antiviral, is an antioxidant, and invigorating.
Cinnamon: Helps with circulation, colds, digestion, infections, rheumatism and flu.
Clove: Helps with digestion, intestinal parasites, bad breath, and memory deficiency.
Flourless Fudgey Brownies with Frosting
1 can (15 oz.) aduki beans, undrained (Eden brand)
1 small apple, cored
1 avocado, pitted and flesh scooped out of the peel
1 cup raw cacao powder
1 cup hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
1 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 t vanilla extract
1 T baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t Himalayan sea salt
1 cup walnut halves (optional but very yummy)
Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9″x13″ pan with coconut oil, set aside. In a food processor, purée aduki beans and apple. Add the avocado and process. Add the remaining ingredients, except the walnuts, to the food processor and blend well scraping down the sides occasionally. Add walnuts to the mixture and pulse a few times into the mix. Spread mixture into prepared pan and bake for 60 minutes. Let cool completely. Frost with the following recipe to finish. ©Janice Moreland http://thekitchentwist.com
This frosting recipe was inspired by something I found online and decided to share my version of it here.
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup raw honey or agave nectar
1/8 t Himalayan sea salt
1 t vanilla extract
4 drops doTERRA wild orange, citrus bliss blend, lemon, cinnamon, clove or other doTERRA essential oil*
Whirl all together in a Blendtec* Blender until smooth. Use to frost the brownies after they have cooled.
*Note: Do not use another brand of essential oil which advises on the bottles to not take internally. These other essential oil brands have harmful fillers in them that will make you very ill if eaten.