Healthy Brownies

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I had the craziest cravings for sweet things during both my pregnancies. While I was on bed rest with my daughter, I remember sending my poor husband out to get me a very specific brand of chocolate Easter eggs, and crying in despair when he came back with the wrong kind. Yes, those cravings were pretty strong!

I wish I knew then what I know now; that it is entirely possible to satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy, nourishing treats like this one, instead of processed, unhealthy rubbish. This recipe is sugar, gluten and dairy free. And it tastes amazing.

Ingredients:

2 ripe, mashed bananas

1/2 cup sugar free peanut butter (we use Peels or Yum Yum)*

3-4 TBSP raw cocoa (we use the Manoli’s one)

Optional: chocolate chips/cranberries/pecan nuts etc

Use a strong hand held blender to blend the first three ingredients together. You should have a creamy batter, much like normal brownies. If it is too dry, add a little milk. Stir in any additional ingredients.

Pour into a lined, small bread tin, and bake at 180C for about 15 minutes (the top should just be hard). Cool, cut into squares and enjoy! Keep in the fridge.

*If you’re wondering if you should be eating peanuts during pregnancy, yes you should! Unless, of course, you are allergic to peanuts. Research shows that eating a wide variety of all kinds of foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding is one of the best ways to avoid allergies in babies and young children.