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EASY YOGURT BROWNIES

I wouldn’t want to live in a world without chocolate – it’s one of my favorite things EVER.

Best part?

High quality dark chocolate like the one we use in this recipe, especially raw, is actually one of the best sources of flavanols.

Flavanols are powerful antioxidants and it seems that cocoa powder and extract are even better antioxidants than, for example, red wine, garlic or strawberries.

Studies suggest that dark chocolate and cocoa are amazing for our health because:

  • flavanols in cocoa are bioavailable; they enter our circulation
  • may act cardioprotective
  • inhibit LDL oxidation
  • can improve insulin sensitivity
  • have positive impact on blood pressure
  • can weaken platelet reactivity
  • increase plasma antioxidant power
  • can reduce LDL cholesterol + increase HDL cholesterol
  • possible benefits to cognitive performance
  • may reduce inflammation
  • boosts endorphin & serotonin production → boosts mood (thanks to tryptophan, anandamide & phenylethylamine)

Nutrients dark chocolate and cocoa provide us with are:

  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Selenium
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Caffein
  • Theobromine

Note: this doesn’t mean you should restrict yourself and put any kind of chocolate to forbidden foods. It just means to give  dark chocolate a try with this recipe, while allowing yourself to eat any kind of chocolate if you wish to.

Back to our brownies, my mom used to make them often, but I did put a spin on it – whole grain spelt flour, dark chocolate. Thanks mom!

I find them extremely satisfying, you won’t need much; rich taste of chocolate and fiber to help maintaining fullness.

Gotta tell you, I’ve tried using olive oil since it’s my absolute favorite (what can I say, Mediterranean soul), but combined with yogurt is a no-go for me, so I choose coconut oil for this recipe, although sunflower oil works great too.

WHY YOU SHOULD EAT IT:

  • Dark chocolate and cocoa: as said, cocoa is a beautiful miracle food made to make us happy and healthy!
  • Joghurt: easy and delicious boost to our protein intake, packed with easily digestible proteins. Also, proteins in yogurt help mineral absorption, which comes in pretty handy considering that yogurt contains large amounts of calcium, as well as other minerals (magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, selenium). Perfect companion for our beautiful melt-in-the-mouth brownies.
  • Coconut oil: vitamin E
  • Whole grain spelt flour: richer in proteins, iron, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, zinc, as well as unsaturated fatty acids then whole grain wheat flour (although you can use whole grain wheat flour as well). Delicious source of fiber, thiamin and niacin (which are important for metabolism, energy conversion and nerve system).

EASY YOGURT BROWNIES

Chocolate, fabulous chocolate! One bowl, easy to make delightful dessert or snack.

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Brownie batter

  • 2 cups (500g) yogurt
  • 2 cups (250g) whole grain spelt flour*
  • 1 tbsp (15g) baking powder
  • 3 tbsp (30g) cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp (20g) whole cane sugar*
  • 2 oz (ca. 50ml) coconut oil melted

Frosting

  • 2/3 cups (100g) dark chocolate, minimum 70%*
  • 1 tbsp butter*
  • ca. 11 tbsp (80ml) milk*

Instructions

Brownie batter

  1. Preheat the oven at 350°F or 180°C

  2. In a bowl, combine yogurt, flour, baking powder, cocoa, sugar & oil.

  3. Mix with a hand mixer until combined.

  4. Pour the batter into a 11 x 7 inch (30 x 20cm) parchment lined baking pan & bake for ca. 20 mins. Insert a toothpick; if it comes out clean, they're done.

Frosting

  1. A few minutes before brownies are done, combine chocolate pieces, butter & milk in a small sauce pan & melt over a medium heat.

  2. Frost brownies while they're still hot.

  3. Wait to cool & enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • You can also use whole grain wheat flour
  • Sub for coconut sugar
  • You can also use 85% or mix 70% + 85%
  • Use any milk you like; cow, nut, oat. Also feel free to add a bit more milk if you'd like your frosting runnier
  • Soya yogurt works great as well - I'd expect other vegan yogurts to work fine too

 YOUR TURN:

What’s your favorite way to enjoy brownies?

I love mine as a snack with fresh berries & nuts, and of course, a bit of coffee!

What’s your favorite chocolate? 

Don’t forget to to snap a pic & post it on Instagram using #ninasempire !! I LOVE seeing your creations, it makes my day!

Lots of love,

Nina

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