Some days you just need chocolate and nothing else will do... This recipe was borne out of an afternoon of frustration, spent sitting on hold - and having unhelpful conversations - with our internet provider after two days with no internet connection.
It goes without saying that this isn't the end of the world and I should probably have welcomed this time "unplugged" but after an afternoon in which my phone was almost permanently stuck to my ear, I was feeling a little fried.
I looked for some solace in the kitchen. Cooking really helps me unwind and have some quiet time for a bit. Creating something delicious always lifts my spirits and helps me feel I've achieved something - however small - on a day that might have otherwise gone awry.
I got out my food processor and starting throwing things together. Somewhere in my head I knew i was aiming for brownies but I didn't approach it in a particularly methodical way. I added sunflower seeds, frozen raspberries, blueberries & blackberries and used desiccated coconut as the main "flour".
My partner came home mid process and sensed I was having a kitchen "therapy" session so stayed clear.
The good news is my brownies turned out great - excellent actually. I've made them a couple more times since and have tweaked the recipe a bit but my made-in-a-moment-of-madness brownies completely hit the spot. They're rich, will kill a chocolate craving in seconds and are full of good for you ingredients. They're also gluten, grain & dairy free. With just dates for sweetness.
I hope you enjoy x
Chocolate coconut brownies w/ berries & sunflower seeds
1 generous cup dates (soaked in hot water for 10 minutes prior if not using medjool)
6 free range eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
5 Tbsp (slightly heaped) good quality cocoa powder
2 cups unsweetened dessicated coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup ground almonds / almond meal
1 1/2 cups berries - I used frozen raspberries, blueberries & blackberries.
Preheat oven to 160 degrees (320 fahrenheit)
Place the dates into a food processor and blitzed until you have a rough puree.
Add eggs and vanilla. Combine well. Add cocoa and baking powder. Blend.
Add coconut, almond meal and sunflower seeds. Blend until completely combined.
Add 1 cup of berries and blitz until combined. You want the berries to be broken up but not to completly disappear.
(Depending on the size of your food processor you may need to move mixture to a big bowl to finish combining)
Add remaining half cup of berries and gently mix through the batter.
Pour mixture into a greased or lined slice tin and smooth out the top with the back of a spoon.
Bake for approx 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Wait at least half an hour before cutting.
I store this in the fridge. Will last up to five days.