Who loves Brownies? I certainly am one whom loves the flavour or Dark Cacao, all blended in to a gooey texture.
The kids too, being kids also resonate with above.
So here you have it folks: Flourless,
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Protein Brownies.
Why remove the gluten?
I guess the real question is what does it make when you mix flour and water? The answer is glue. So what happens when you line your intestines consistently with all that glue? Oh the implications are endless - in short, gluten can compromise gut health. Remember that your intestines not only transport all the bits through your body to excrete waste, but they also allow for absorption of nutrients through your intestinal walls into the body as they move through your intestines. So let's think about this - if your intestinal walls are lined with this sticky 'glue', then your nutrients can't be absorbed and in turn, your body may have to compromise by creating bigger pockets in the intestinal walls creating 'leaky gut syndrome'. Gluten has also been proven to activate the protein Zonulin, a protein that regulates the tight junctions of the small intestine. When zonulin is released in the intestines, the tight junctions open slightly aka - Leaky Gut Syndrome. Leaky Gut syndrome allows for bigger particles such as toxins to pass through the intestinal walls and into the blood stream.
Gluten has also been proven to activate the protein Zonulin, a protein that regulates the tight junctions of the small intestine. When zonulin is released in the intestines, the tight junctions open slightly aka - Leaky Gut Syndrome!
Gut health is the root of all immunity, and when its compromised there is strong research that shows that a poor gut is the root of all disease.
Why remove Sugar and Dairy?
Ahhh - I could go on about these for paragraph after paragraph, but for now so we can get to the recipe, both compromise gut health, cause inflammation and can imbalance hormones. Let's save the big details for a later blog shall we?
This recipe is packed with nutrients and protein. Happy baking!
FLOURLESS PLANT-BASED PROTEIN BROWNIES
2 cans Black Beans (drained)
1/2 Cup Rice Malt or 100% Maple syrup
3 scoops Chocolate Protein Shake Mix (I use Arbonne)
1-2 Scoops Green Powder (Again - Arbonne!)
3/4 Cup of Quinoa Flakes
1/2 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon alcohol free Vanilla Extract (optional)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 Tablespoons Cacao
Pinch of Salt
Good quality Vegan choc chips, mixed in with a wooden spoon after other ingredients are blended in (optional - I didn't use these)
Pre-heat oven to a 180°C fan forced
Mix all ingredients in a blender and combine well
Pour the batter into slice tin lined with earth-friendly baking paper. I used 27cm x 17.5cm
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing.
Enjoy a slice at a time - it's still a treat so avoid eating excessively!!