I am not a natural in the kitchen, especially when it comes to baking. It requires too much precision and planning, when I'm more into improvisation. However, I needed a good snack to help us refuel after my monthly Twilight Retreat, an afternoon of Yoga and relaxation and I finally found the perfect recipe for me. It is super easy and tastes amazing, even when I am in charge of the cooking!
Instead of having to trawl through my Facebook page to find the recipe I decided to post it here:
*Twilight Retreat Brownies*, enjoy!!
5 tablespoons coconut oil
200g dark chocolate
170g self-raising flour
3 heaped teaspoons cocoa powder
180g brown sugar
1 vanilla pod
1 cap of vanilla extract
230ml unsweetened organic coconut milk
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Grease a square baking tin (roughly 20cm) with a little oil, then line with greaseproof paper.
Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn’t touch the water. Break 150g of chocolate into the bowl and allow it to melt, then set aside to cool slightly.
Melt the coconut oil in a small pan.
Meanwhile, sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar and a pinch of salt. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape out the seeds, then add them to the bowl. Add the vanilla extract. Stir in the oil, coconut milk and melted chocolate until combined.
Roughly chop and stir in half the remaining chocolate.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle over the remaining chocolate, then place into the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked on the outside, but still gooey in the middle.
Leave to cool for around 5 minutes, turn out onto a wire cooling rack.
Let me know if you give the receipe a try and how you get on :)
Frances Robertson-Ritchie, Yoga teacher and hypnotherapist