My weekend was super busy! I had two Christmas concerts with my choir, which were both very fun, and very well received, but it really takes a lot of energy out of you (positively, of course) to get up in front of 200 people and sing your guts out. Nevertheless, it was so great to have so many people in the audience, and I really can’t complain! And, after all, today has been a very lazy, laid-back day, wholly devoted to rebooting our systems, and recharging our batteres. 🙂
And, what’s the most important ingredient for such a reboot and recharge?
Of course, we need sugar, we need chocolate, we need something warm and chewy and yummy and delicious! Who’s with me? Even if you’re not, take a look at the fabulous, super rich, intense, dark chocolate brownie crunched up with chopped walnuts, sweetened with a bit of brown sugar, and loaded with molten chocolate chunks.
The top is nicely “crackled” and the dough is full of chocolate chunks which have molten. With each bite, you not only get a great crunch, you can basically feel the choclate oozing into your mouth. If you don’t think that’s incredibly yummy, I think our friendship ends here.
Super Rich Dark Chocolate Loaded Walnut Brownies
- 1/4 cup whole spelt flour
- 3/4 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 unsweetend cocoa
- 5 Tbs. coconut oil
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 100g dark chocolate chunks/chips (I used 85% dark chocolate)
- 1/3 cup soy milk
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla essence
- 2 eggs (for vegan version, add 1 overripe banana and 1 flax egg)
1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave until liquid, then beat in the eggs and sugar. Melt chocolate chunks over a water bath.
2. Beat in the rest of the ingredients exept for the walnuts, including the molten chocolate.
3. Preheat oven to 175°C.
4. Add half of the walnuts to the dough, then spread out the dough in a baking tin lined with baking parchment, and sprinkle the rest of the walnuts on top.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until top is firm and middle slightly gooey.
7. Take out of the oven, and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Cut into squares, and enjoy while still warm!
See how dark these are? Due to the unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate, these have an amazingly deep, rich, dark chocolate taste. You could experiment by adding some espresso powder to the dough to make these even more amazing.
Enjoy them with a glass of (plant) milk, or with some (vegan) ice cream! Let me know how you like these walnut brownies, and feel free to swap the walnuts with other nuts, swap the soymilk for any other plant milk (I bet hazelnutmilk would be amazing)!
FYI: These taste grand without the walnuts, too, in case you are craving a more traditional brownie. I made these again the other day and topped them with some coconut butter!