Organic Cocoa Brownies
Recipe and Photo by: Jason Riley
It's that time of year where sweets become a staple of your daily routine. So, if you are going to cheat, you might as well try and cheat with some healthy recipes. We hope that you enjoy this indulgence... As it is one of our favorites. We recommend using organic ingredients as much as possible within this recipe.
Regardless of diet, organic foods are recommended. Opting for organic foods is an useful choice for personal and planetary health. Buying organically grown foods is the only way to avoid the barrage of chemicals present in commercially grown food. More than 600 active chemicals are registered for agricultural use in America, producing billions of pounds annually. The average person consumes over 16 pounds of chemical pesticides per year.
Besides eliminating many of the dangerous pesticides, organically grown foods have more nutrients—vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients—than commercially grown foods. The soil on organic farms is managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine conducted a review of 41 published studies comparing the nutritional value of organically grown and conventionally grown fruits, vegetables, and grains and concluded that there are considerably more nutrients in organic foods crops.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and lightly coat an 8” square baking pan with coconut oil
In a bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, whey protein, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, vanilla paste, coconut sugar, yogurt and water. Combine the two mixtures and stir just until incorporated.
Pour the batter into the 8” square pan. Top with 70% dark chocolate chips and bake for 22-24 minutes. These will stay moist, but make sure to not over bake as the mixture may become too dry.