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Carob Brownies

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Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 25 minutes

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These brownies are almost fat free, low sugar and provide around 100 calories each... They have a much lighter taste than regular brownies and admittedly lack some richness but they are still delicious, especially with a tiny bit of chocolate spread to finish them off!

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  • 100g carob powder (might seem a lot but it works)
  • 300g wholemeal plain flour (I used gluten-free)
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 200ml cold water
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 190degrees (fan) Mix together the carob powder, flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the water, milk, eggs, oil and mashed bananas. Pour the wet into the dry ingredients with the vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

  2. Now add the chopped walnuts if using them. You could also add dark chocolate chips if you wish. At this point, if the mixture is too thick, add a little extra milk until it is looks thick but stir-able.

  3. Transfer the mix to a greased, non-stick brownies tray (could use baking parchment but I didn't seem to need it).

  4. Cook in the preheated oven for around 20-30 minutes - the brownies will feel firm to the touch, not wobbly like normal brownies.

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evil_angelwings's picture
12th Oct, 2014
Just made these, and I have to say YUM! I switched it about a bit to make it vegan - substituted an extra banana and a tsp of flax in place of the eggs, and used non dairy milk, they taste banana-y due to this but I love bananas so that's fine. I used a hotchpotch of flours (needed using up), but this made it even more delicious (a combo of cardamom spiked wheat flour, rye, wholemeal and white spelt), added in the walnuts and a handful of chopped dark chocolate (and a little cinnamon), and served as suggested with chocolate spread and an additional dusting of shredded coconut. Wow. Can't believe these have so little sugar and fat in. It's great to be able to eat a hunk of brownie with my coffee! Thanks for the recipe! Edit to add - mine were perfect after 20 min, non-fan oven.
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