| Aisha Yang

Herbaland Foodie: Fudgy Quinoa Brownies

Continue the summer festivities with these oh-so-good vegan fudgy quinoa brownies!  Recipe courtesy of Connie Leung.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups     quinoa, cooked 
  • 2 cups     pitted dates, soaked for 10 minutes in warm water
  • 1              flax egg (1Tbsp flax meal + 3 Tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp        baking powder
  • 1/2 cup    cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp     cinnamon
  • 1 tsp         vanilla
  • 1/2 cup     cacao nibs or chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line the pan w parchment paper or spray w coconut oil
  2. In a food processor, add the cooked quinoa, baking powder, cinnamon and blend until you get a sticky dough
  3. Add the cacao powder, vanilla, and flax egg. Blend until nearly smooth
  4. Drain the dates and add into the food processor and blend until smooth. Add the date-water if it is too dry
  5. Add half of the cacao nibs/chocolate chips and blend until combined (you want some chunks!)
  6. Spread the mixture out evenly w a spatula to about 3/4" thick
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, then top w the rest of the cacao nibs/chocolate chips
  8. Bake for another 5 minutes
  9. Allow it to cool before slicing them into squares
Tips
  • Substitute peppermint extract instead of vanilla if you want to have chocolate mint
  • Substitute the quinoa for bulgar wheat - it gives more texture!
  • Dice up some granola bars and stuff them inside before baking
  • Placing it in the fridge allows for easier slicing
  • Serve w ice cream or fresh seasonal fruit

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