By Hannah Maunder from Healthfection
When I say these are guilt-free I mean it: these Healthfection brownies are actually even good for you.
The main ingredient in these chewy chocolate treats, green lentils, packs them full of healthy, virtually fat-free protein. Lentils are also rich in soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre creates a gel-like substance trapping bile (which contains cholesterol) and ferries it out of the body, and helps to stabilise our blood sugar levels.
A sudden spike in blood sugar is bad news for many reasons. Firstly, they are always followed by a sharp drop which makes you grumpy, sluggish and crave more sugar which turns it into a downward spiral. It also causes your body to release adrenaline, a hormone released naturally to prepare the body for vigorous or sudden activities. I don't know about you, but it's quite rare for me to be doing an activity which would fit in that category immediately after eating a big slice of cake.
Adrenaline increases our heart rate and blood pressure, alters our metabolism and redistributes our blood so that it's diverted from places such as the gut and instead more reaches our muscles. This then has a negative effect on digestion, amongst other body processes.
2 x 400g tins of cooked green lentils
12 medjool dates
1 heaped tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons of cacao powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 ripe banana
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC and line a brownie tin with baking parchment.
Pulse the drained lentils in a food processor until they're a thick paste.
Add all the other ingredients apart from the dates and keep pulsing until everything is combined and smooth.
Add the dates and repeat the step.
Pour the mixture into the baking tin and cook for 15 minutes.
Add toppings like almond butter, dark chocolate, dried cherries.
An unedited version of this recipe was originally published on Healthfection.