Brownies don’t always have to be unhealthy and these Matcha Green Tea Brownies are gluten free and sweetened naturally, with dates and maple syrup. Maybe we should call these, not a brownie, but a greenie?
Makes 12 brownies.
For the base:
- 12 medium-sized dates (soak overnight in cold water and then drain)
- 1 cup ground almonds
- 6 tbsp desiccated coconut
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp Zen Green Tea Matcha Powder
- ¼ cup milk of choice (we like almond – but you can use soy, rice, coconut or dairy)
- ¼ cup macadamia nuts (optional, for a little extra crunch)
For the white chocolate icing:
- ⅛ cup cacao butter
- 3 tbsp milk of choice, as before
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 tbsp desiccated coconut
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
- Mix the soaked and drained dates in a blender, until it becomes a smooth mixture.
- Add the dates mixture into a bowl, with all the other ingredients – except the macadamia nuts. Mix well.
- Pour into a tin, lined with parchment paper. If using macadamia nuts, sprinkle them on top of the mixture. They will seep into the brownies as they bake.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Take out of the oven and cool.
- For the icing, melt the cacao butter in a bowl.
- Add the milk and maple syrup, and mix until smooth.
- Drizzle the icing over the brownies.
- Finally, sprinkle the desiccated coconut on top of the brownies before serving.
Note: It is important you buy the matcha green tea powder from a high quality source so you receive the full health benefits and also so the flavour is not bitter. Low quality matcha can be very bitter. You can buy Zen Green Tea, premium, Japanese matcha green tea powder for the best price in Australia here.
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