Healthy Brownies – Gluten Free

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Healthy Brownies and these are Gluten Free. 

When the word Healthy is added to some dish, we tend to think differently. Healthy gives us a licence to overindulge. But at the same time, it is very important to understand all those ingredients that have gone into the making of the dish. It’s easier to pick up a something from the grocery with the healthy word mentioned in bold letters on the packet. But how many of us go to the ingredients mentioned in small font somewhere down the packet. We must read…

Meet Ginni Sharma – She is a mini version of healthy food encyclopaedia,  a passionate writer. Someone who keeps learning, who loves to influence people.

We meet at an event and connected quickly. I know when Ginni says its healthy… I can shut my eyes and believe her words. These  Healthy Brownies – Gluten Free were baked by Ginni on the Secret Gourmands Club meet up. If you are a healthy food freak; these are for you. You will love them, love them, love them.

I am a big fan of these brownies myself. I must mention that these brownies have no refined sugar and no refined flour in the ingredients. A perfect treat to satisfy the sweet cravings.

Here is a look at the video of the recipe https://youtu.be/vILa3RXA7h0

Ingredients:

  1. Good Quality baking chocolate – 100-125 grams. If possible, use couverture (real chocolate) instead of a compound one for a gorgeous shine and brilliant taste.
  2. Butter – 1 tablespoon
  3. Flax seeds paste – Grind one teaspoon of flax seeds and soak them in 3-4 teaspoons of water for 15 minutes. Or, in case you prefer brownies with egg, add one egg instead of flax seeds.
  4. Dates paste – Soak 10-15 dates in hot water for 30-45 minutes and then mash them in a grinder.
  5. Flour – 2/3 cup of almond flour and 1/3 cup of Jowar flour.
  6. Some chopped walnuts or hazelnuts.

Method:

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Be extra cautious and do not burn the chocolate.
  2. Add dates paste and flax seeds paste; mix the ingredients well.
  3. Add flour and chopped walnuts or hazelnuts. Mix everything well.
  4. Take a baking tin and line it with parchment paper.
  5. Finally, pour the batter.
  6. In a pre-heated oven, bake it at 200 degrees C for 22-24 minutes.

Red Bell Pepper Hummus

Red Bell Pepper Hummus is another healthy recipe prepared by Ginni. We served the hummus with baked lavash.

Hummus” comes from the Arabic. In Arabic, they call it ḥummuṣ bi ṭaḥīna which means “chickpeas with tahini”

The blend of Roasted bell peppers, chickpeas, olive oil, sesame seeds, lemon juice, and garlic creates a dip that is so much more than the sum of its parts. The addition of roasted bell peppers in the recipe have taken the recipe to another level.

Ingredients:

  1. Boiled Chickpeas – 1.5 cup
  2. Sesame Seeds – ¼ cup.
  3. Olive Oil – ½ cup
  4. Roasted red bell peppers – 2
  5. Garlic cloves – 5-6 Medium size
  6. Lemon – 1
  7. Salt – ½ teaspoon (As per your taste)

Method:

  1. Roast the bell peppers. Watch this quick recipe on how to roast bell peppers: https://youtu.be/uEVsMGY9NNA
  1. Let’s make Tahini first. Dry roast the sesame seeds in a thick pan.
    Tip: Do not over-roast the seeds in which case Hummus will become bitter. Make sure that the colour of the seeds does not change to brown while roasting. Once you can smell their fragrance in the roasting process, they are almost done.
  1. In a grinder, add roasted sesame seeds with olive oil and grind them until a smooth paste. Keep it aside in a bowl. Depending on your preferred level of consistency, you can add or reduce the quantity of olive oil.
    Tip: Use a plastic spatula to take out the Tahini from the grinder.
  1. Add chickpeas and garlic cloves in the grinder; mash them into a paste.
  1. Now add roasted bell pepper and mash them too.
  1. Finally, add Tahini, salt and lemon juice. Mash everything well.

That’s it. Your hummus is ready. Garnish it with some chopped roasted bell peppers and olive oil.

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