Since it's Valentine's Day we thought we could share a decadent but healthy sweet treat. We decided to use carob for these brownies (because chocolate is so overrated, right?) WRONG. But, you know, sometimes, when it's only been 1.5 months since you started that new year resolution, and you're trying so hard, and again, it's Valentine's day, ca you please just you have something sweet and chocolatey and gooey. Please. Like a brownie.
Carob is a lot like chocolate and is often used as a substitute. It's grown on a carob tree – a small evergreen that bears long brown-purple edible pods – it is mildly sweet and caffeine free.
These hit the spot. Especially if it's Valentine's day and you're still trying to be good. And the tigernut flour give it that extra boost of fibre and a lovely sweetness.
Tigernut Carob Brownies (vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, nut-free)
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp vanilla
2/3 cup tigernut flour
½ cup cassava flour
3-4 tbsp carob powder
½ tsp baking soda
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
In a large bowl, mix the wet ingredients together before adding the dry ingredients.
Spread mixture evenly into a greased 8x8 inch-baking dish.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Remove and let cool.
These chewy brownies are a great satisfying treat for those on restricted diets or simply looking for a healthy alternative to conventional brownies.