There’s something about eating chocolate before noon that makes me feel kinda naughty, but I can promise you that these brownies are so healthy, you can totally have chocolate for breakfast.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s make your childhood dreams come true!
Seriously, if I you tasted these and I didn’t tell you what was in them, I guarantee you wouldn’t know that they’re vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.
I really wanted to call them Aphrodisiac Fertility Goddess Brownies, but that’s just too much. So we’ll just stick with Sexy Brownies.
You can customize the brownies to your liking – I love walnuts in mine, but feel free to add in some fun fix-ins to the batter, which is made from oat flour, almond milk, cacao powder, baking powder, sea salt, and a few magical ingredients. Read on to learn more about what makes this healthy treat so special!
Don’t worry, avocado has a mild flavor that’s easily masked by the rich chocolate flavor in this recipe. I like using avocado as a healthy vegan alternative to butter when baking, and also because it’s been praised as THE fertility fruit. Actually, the name avocado is derived from the Aztec word “ahuácatl,” which translates to “testicle” (in reference to two avocados hanging from a tree). It’s been said that the Aztecs considered avocados to be an aphrodisiac and fertility-boosting, and for good reasons!
Without getting into too much detail, the Doctrine of Signatures is the concept that a plant resembles a certain part of the body that it can heal. Well, have you ever noticed that an avocado also looks strikingly similar to a womb? Avocados are rich in folate, which can help boost fertility in both men and women. And get this: it takes 9 months to harvest an avocado, the same amount of time to takes to grow a baby!
By now, I’m sure you’re well aware of my love affair with maca powder. See here and here. Aside from its tasty malty flavor, this superfood is known for its hormone-balancing and energy-boosting properties. Like avocado, it’s also been revered as the ultimate sex driver. This ingredient is optional, but I just love finding creative ways to sneak it into my daily regimen because #health. If you don’t have maca powder on hand, or don’t care for it, just omit it from the recipe.
Dates are packed full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. I became especially fond of dates during my pregnancy after learning that late pregnancy consumption of dates is related to cervical ripening, and positively affects outcomes of birthing time. But now, I just love to snack on them, and use them as an alternative to sugar in recipes because they’re naturally sweet and add a delicious hint of caramel flavor!
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Looking for other another healthy treat? Check out these Adaptogen Bliss Balls.
Serves: 6-9 pieces
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dessert
- 1 cup (120g) oat flour*
- 3/4 cup (180g) almond milk
- 3/4 cup (100g) medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup (50g) cacao powder*
- 1/4 cup (50g) avocado
- 1/4 cup (50g) avocado oil*
- 1 tsp (5g) baking powder
- 1/4 tsp (1g) sea salt
- 1/4 cup (28g) walnuts, chopped
- 2 tbsp (15g) raw maca powder
- Any additional fix-ins such as chopped dates, different types of nuts, or vegan chocolate chips (this brand here is naturally sweetened with coconut sugar)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). For thin brownies, use an 8″ square pan. For thick brownies like in the photos, use a 9″x5″x2″ rectangle loaf pan. Line the pan with parchment paper (or grease with oil).
- Put ingredients from oat flour to sea salt into a food processor or high-speed blender. Mix until you get a thick and mousse-like texture (it’s okay if the dates aren’t completely processed, it’s tasty to have chunks of them in the batter). Transfer batter to a bowl and fold in 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts and any optional fix-ins.
- Pour into the prepared pan and spread the batter evenly throughout the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. If you overbake, the brownies will have a cake-like texture.
- Remove and let the brownies sit out for at least 45 minutes before serving (it will thicken up). Cut and serve, or cover and store for up to 3 days.
*If gluten-free, make sure oat flour is certified GF. You can also make your own flour by processing 1 cup of oats until you get a very fine texture (do this before you adding the other ingredients in the recipe).
*If not gluten-free, you can substitute with whole-wheat flour.
*Cacao powder is less processed than cocoa powder, so it has more antioxidants and nutrients. However, you can substitute with unsweetened cocoa powder.
*You can substitute with any neutral-tasting oil, such as refined coconut oil.
*Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven.
Role of Avocados in Maternal Diets
History of Avocados
Doctrine of Signatures
Maca Root Benefits
Medjool Dates: The Healthiest Natural Sweetener?
The Effect of Late Pregnancy Consumption of Date Fruit on Labour and Delivery
Date Fruit & Cervical Ripening
Date Fruit Consumption at Term