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BROWNIE HEARTS WITH AÇAI BERRY GLAZE (GF, DF)


BROWNIE DESSERT WITH ROSES AND CANDLE

To be honest, Valentine's day does not feel so relevant to me. I'm the kind of person that appreciates the little gestures on unexpected moments and days, the spontaneity of surprising someone and showing affection without the pressure of a commercial date or tag. However, just like last year I shared this beetroot, cocoa and roses cake, this year I'm coming up with a recipe that could be perfect for this or any other day. Seems to me like the perfect occasion to share a sweet chocolatey treat. Cause it doesn't get any better than chocolate, don't you agree? 

I find funny making them with a heart shape, as said it could also be used to offer to you beloved one any day, whether it is your partner, bestie, pet, neighbour or what the heck...to yourself. And loving one self  with chocolate is true love. 😁

BROWNIE DESSERT IN A PORCELAIN DISH, GREY LINEN TABLEWEAR, ROSES

I've made this brownie so many times, brought it to birthdays, baby showers... and I can proudly say everyone loved it. I've been modifying the recipe, tasting with different flours, sweeteners, chocolates...and I think I've found what I was looking for. After experimenting with several flours I must say I found the secret of the yummiest brownie I ever had, and that's because of the chestnut flour. It gives an amazing flavor and texture that makes it irresistible, you can trust me when I say you'll eat more than one piece. 
I'm aware that finding chestnut flour can be problematic but no worries because any other flour will work as well. 

For the glaze I used the same recipe as for this bundt cake but this time I added some açai berry powder that works very well as natural colorant. The glaze is optional, however if you decide to make it don't forget to anticipate the soaking time of the cashew nuts, they will need at least 3 hours or ideally overnight covered with water.

BEFORE AND AFTER THE BROWNIES

As I wanted to make small portions with a heart shape I used the quantities you'll see below but if you prefer a thicker brownie just double the ingredients or use some baking powder.
I use a cookie cutter but if you don't have one, have a look at this post to learn how to do it yourself using a can.

So here's the recipe for these gluten and dairy free brownies with no refined ingredients.

BROWNIE HEARTS IN A METALLIC DISH, DRY FLOWERS AND CANDLE BACKGROUND

BROWNIE HEARTS WITH AÇAI BERRY GLAZE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS ( 20 cm squared pan)

  • 100 gr. chestnut flour (or any other)
  • 25 gr. buckwheat flour 
  • 2 Tbsp. pure cocoa powder
  • 80 gr. coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 70 ml. coconut oil, melted
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 200 gr. dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks
  • 1 handful of walnuts and pecans, chopped
  • 1 tsp. black salt flakes

For the glaze

  • 1/2 cup plain raw cashew nuts (soaked for at least 3 hours)
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla paste
  • 1 pinch of pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tbsp açai berry powder
  • Water
BROWNIE HEARTS IN METALLIC DISH WITH GREY LINEN TABLECLOTH, ROSES, PETALS AND EUCALIPTUS BRANCH

BROWNIE HEARTS IN WHITE PORCELAIN TRAY

BROWNIE DESSERT WITH HEART SHAPE

ELABORATION

Of the brownie

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  2. Prepare a 20 cm squared pan with baking paper.
  3. Pour the ingredients into the Thermomix or electric blender and mix at high speed for about 30-40 seconds.
  4. Pour over the pan.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes depending how you like it.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. 
  7. Then use the cutter to make hearts or squares.

Of the glaze

  1. Wash and rinse the soaked cashews.
  2. Place in the blender along with the lemon juice.
  3. Blend at high speed, add some water if necessary. Add the salt, honey, coconut oil, vanilla and blend until you get a creamy unctuous texture.
  4. Add the açai berry powder and mix well. (I just used half of the glaze to get 2 different colors)
  5. Garnish as you like and done!
BROWNIE HEART IN A WHITE PORCELAIN DISH, ROSE PETALS

BROWNIE HEARTS IN METALLIC DISH, GREY LINEN TABLECLOTH, ROSES, PETALS AND EUCALIPTUS BRANCH
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