Who doesn’t crave some tasty brownies from time to time? It’s inevitable at some point or other to desire something sweet, rich and chocolaty, smooth and creamy, delicious and more-ish that will not trigger every allergic reaction known to man.
Brownies have always lurked in very dangerous dietary territory, filled with processed white sugar, tons of eggs and butter, and white flour, but after a few experiments I’m here to tell you that we who suffer from food allergies and intolerances can eat brownies too… Okay, so they’re not gooey and chewy… they’re not crunchy and, if you’re allergic to nuts, they’re not going to be very nutty, but they’re moist and rich and totally safe for everyone who thought brownies were off their diet radar because of food allergies.
It’s a pretty simple recipe, using fresh organic ingredients and it’s super easy to make. I don’t frost mine traditionally – a sugar/butter combination slathered over the top of this healthier version of the traditional brownie is a little too much, but that’s my personal preference. If you want frosting, frost away using the alternative frosting recipe that contains a surprise ingredient that will totally blow your mind and amaze your taste buds!
Banana Brownie Recipe:
2.5 cups raw cacao powder
2.5 cups dark brown sugar (panela)
1 cup olive oil
1 tbsp nutmeg
1 tbsp cinnamon
3 tbsp peanut butter (optional)
1 cup raisins chopped (optional)
12 ripe bananas, blended together
1.5 cups banana flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Alternative Frosting Recipe:
2 well-mashed avocados
1 cup raw organic cacao powder
1 tbsp raw organic dark brown sugar
Melt cacao powder, sugar, oil, nutmeg, cinnamon, peanut butter and raisins together over low heat. Let the mixture cool slightly and add the blended bananas. Mix well.
Sift in banana flour and bicarbonate. Pour into a large rectangle pan. Cook 1hr in a medium oven – until a skewer comes out clean. If you’re not interested in frosting, serve hot or cold at this point.
If you’re going to frost, blend your avocados until they’re completely smooth. Add the cacao powder and sugar and mix until it becomes a smooth paste. Spread over cooled brownie and serve cold.