By now, you’ve probably guessed that I love to bake. I crave the creativity, the preciseness, the excuse to drown out everything that’s bothering me, slow down and focus on the simple task of following a recipe, mixing together a set of ingredients, and watching what happens when it goes in the oven. This, to me, is calming, meditative, a form of relieving stress.
And let’s just say I’ve been baking a lot lately.
Over the years, my baking has changed in many ways. From using eggs, butter and white sugar when I made cookies as a kid, to using vegan options like Earth Balance margarine and egg replacement powder when I was just out of university and on a budget, to now, when my dessert recipes use more whole food ingredients like avocado, nuts, dates and beans, and a variety of wholesome flours like almond, chickpea and oat.
I know there are a million and one brownie recipes out there but I think I’ve trumped myself in the nutrition category with these decadent little bites. Kidney beans, almond butter and walnuts pack in the protein power and spinach adds an element of green goodness. Plus, I recently received some new Vega One samples that I wanted to make use of without resorting to a traditional smoothie recipe. And guess what? It worked beautifully.
Thanks to Vega, these flourless brownies are even better because their new Vega One all-in-one nutritional powder has been enhanced with 33% more protein and double the greens—hence the “plant-powered” in the recipe title. Just take a look at the nutrition specs. Pretty great, huh? (Psst…scroll down to the end of this post for a Vega One giveaway!)