Most of you know from previous posts that I have been adopting a vegan diet for the last five weeks (or so) which is why I thought I better try some vegan baking. Going out it’s pretty hard to find nice cakes and deserts unless you’re by a health food shop (and sometimes they aren’t nice).
When Indigo Herbs* said they’d send me some protein powder I thought about how I could incorporate it within a desert. The great thing about vegan brownies is that they can be just as gooey and chocolately as normal brownies.
For the mixture I decided to make small squares of brownies so I didn’t eat too many of them too quickly. I mixed together 100g of self-raising flour, 100g of caster sugar, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 teaspoons of cacao powder, 50g of dairy-free chocolate, 230ml unsweetened soya milk, 100g of crushed almonds, 50g of dairy-free chocolate chunks and 2 teaspoons of Indigo herbs protein powder*
Apart from the flour and sugar a vegan recipe differs quite a lot because of the lack of butter and eggs which is where the oil and milk comes from. You can use sunflower oil instead of coconut oil but I thought i’d try and make them as healthy as possible for brownies. The dairy-free chocolate and cacao powder is enough to give them the chocolate look and taste but the almonds give them a slight crunch which I think is amazing. You can use any types of nuts but crushed almonds I think works best with chocolate.
Having the protein powder makes me feel a little less guilty about chomping down on the brownies, and it really shows you that you can still have delicious goodies even if you are on a vegan diet. The powder I had was actually showcased as a smoothie mix, but I find protein powder can be mixed into masses of things and it worked well with the brownies.
Indigo Herbs’ company mission is to ‘empower optimum health by inspiring people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing. We do this by making excellent quality herbs and superfoods available and affordable’. This basically encapsulates exactly the reason why i’ve chosen a Vegan diet, for a healthier lifestyle.
Indigo Herbs are supporting veganuary which is a campaign inspiring and supporting people making the change to a vegan lifestyle for January. Your choice might be for health and nutritional values or animal welfare and environmental reasons.