Caught in a 'I'm trying to be healthy, but NEED something sweet to eat' trap? We've got just the thing!
The first yin yoga workshop I went to run by Jay, aka The Yoga Glow, wasn’t only sublimely relaxing, it had a sweet treat at the end when Jay produced platefuls of home-baked goodies! All with a healthy twist, natch, and she’s very kindly shared this recipe for Vegan Courgette Brownies which was inspired by theliveinkitchen.com.
I baked them on the weekend and, er, they’re all gone now (it’s Monday), but hey, they’re good for you, so what the hell! I’d never baked with coconut sugar before and it definitely gives a subtler sweetness than caster sugar, but the brownies still passed muster with the mudlets who were none the wiser about the courgettes. (I sprinkled a teeny tiney bit of icing sugar on the top to help draw them in.)
Vegan Courgette Brownies
100-150g coconut sugar
100g coconut oil
250g gluten-free flour
25g cacao powder
2 medium-sized courgette shredded (I just blitzed them in a mixer)
2tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2tsp baking soda
Preheat the oven to 180˚C and line an 8in x 8in baking tray with greaseproof paper. Mix the sugar, oil and flour together until they make a sand-like texture. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well. If you feel like it is too dry, add a splash of almond milk. The batter should be thick and gooey. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, but keep checking as sometimes it needs to be in oven longer as courgette holds a lot of moisture.
Jay @theyogaglow teaches yoga and meditation in and around Gloucestershire, and runs two-hour yin yoga and vinyasa yoga workshops every month in Stroud (look out for them on Muddy’s What’s On guides). She aims to empower you to take the calm and balance you gain from a yoga class to spark a positive transformation that extends beyond the four corners of your mat. Now based in Cheltenham, Jay has taught around the world, including in India, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. When she is not on her yoga mat, Jay creates a collection of handmade sterling silver jewellery at The Hasta Collection.