Gluten Free Kale and Goji Berry Brownies

Kale and Goji Berry Gluten free Brownie

Did someone mention Chocolate brownies? I think all chocolate lovers out there appreciate a great, moist, delicious brownie.

This recipe will make all brownie lovers smile because this recipe is not only divinely bowl licking tasty, but these chocolate brownies have additional health benefits! After sampling these brownies at a local health food store I decided that I was going to endevour to recreate the goodness that made our taste buds dance.

Goji berries have been praised for their nutritional qualities for more than 2,000 years, across the rural areas of China, Tibet and Mongolia. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E, all of which are essential for breaking down amino acids and fats, and converting carbs into energy.  They also contain as many as 22 minerals (including zinc, iron, copper, calcium and selenium) and 11 amino acids. Goji berries also contain 3% more protein than whole meat, and more iron than spinach.

The kale and goji berries enhance this brownie recipe and add a whole lot of wholesome goodness to what would normally be a treat. So when you eat these delicious pieces of yummyness, you don’t have to feel so guilty because it does contain some goodness!

Kale and Goji Berry Brownies

Makes 20 squares

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 200g dark chocolate (cooking)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and line a 5cm deep, 20cm base square cake pan with non stick baking paper
  2. Wash the kale and pat dry. Gently tear the leafy portions away from the stem. Place kale in a steamer for 5 minutes or until wilted. Place the wilted kale into a food processor and puree the kale. Drain any excess liquid and set aside. There should be about 1 cup of kale at this point
  3. Melt the chocolate, butter and sugar gently over low heat, stirring until evenly melted and smooth. Remove from heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl allowing it to cool slightly
  4. Add eggs, kale, and vanilla extract to chocolate mixture. Mix well
  5. Add the almond meal, goji berries and cacao powder and stir to combine but do not over mix
  6. Carefully pour the brownie mixture into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until set
  7. Once slightly cooled, carefully lift brownies out of the pan and place onto a cooling rack
  8. Place into an airtight container overnight or for a few hours before cutting into squares
  9. No topping needed, enjoy the moist delicious brownies 🙂

Additional information:

Health Benefits of Eating Kale

Health Benefits of Goji Berries

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Joe’s Mean Green

Joe's Mean Green

After watching ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead‘, by fellow Aussie Joe Black, we have been inspired to try a few more juices and particularly more kale. Have a look on his Reboot website for more info.

This juice recipe features kale which contains many health benefits, including being rich in nutrients (contains antioxidant nutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients & anti-cancer nutrients). This juice is also rich in immune-boosting nutrients, detoxifying and alkalising ingredients for the body. It’s also a wonderful energetic kick start to the day; but ensure you have it at least 30 minutes before any food to reap all the nutritional benefits.

We have grown to love kale and have incorporated it into our daily diet by juicing it, including it in our smoothies and recently discovered a fantastic Kale and Goji berry brownie recipe which I’ll be sharing soon because it’s too delicious to keep a secret!

Joe’s Mean Green

Makes one serving (350ml)

TIP: A few ice cubes in the juice jug, to cool the juice slightly, tastes great.

Ingredients

  • 6 kale leaves (if none around, a combo of spinach, collards and Swiss chard can be used)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • Small piece of ginger root (2.5cm)
  1. Rinse and chop ingredients ready for your juicer
  2. Start with the ginger, then the leafy greens, the apple and cucumber will help the ginger come through
  3. Enjoy immediately, separately to a meal to help your digestion get the most from the juice

For more info

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/

Green Bliss Smoothie

Green Bliss Smoothie

This would have to be one of the best if not THE best smoothie I have ever tasted!

We have recently been enlightened to the great benefits of Kale; including it into many of our fresh vegetable juices and now we are hooked on this banana-kale smoothie for life! It tastes divine, and it’s super healthy.

Kale also known as a superfood which is rich in vitamin A; great for vision, vitamin B (folate), vitamin K essential for normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Kale has more iron than beef per calorie (YaY!! says someone who isn’t hugely fond of eating red meat and lacks iron in her diet). High in fibre and has no fat. So what’s there not to like about Kale?

I’ve also come across a fantastic kale brownie recipe which I’m keen to try in the near future; if it’s a success I’ll definitely post up the recipe. Both Neil and I were not expecting this smoothie to taste so good, but we were speechless as we savoured our new favourite smoothie down.

It’s best to have the smoothie on an empty stomach to ensure you reap all the fabulous nutritional benefits; your body will love you for it! It’s filling and will keep you going all morning!

Green Bliss Smoothie

1 Serving, 5-10 minutes preparation time

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups kale leaves, washed, stems removed and lightly packed
  • 1 frozen banana pre-chopped
  • 1 cup chilled almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter or other nut butter
  • a thin slice of fresh ginger
  • shake of ground cinnamon
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  1. Place all in a juicer and blend until all ingredients are smooth
  2. Enjoy this brilliant smoothie immediately! 🙂

Inspiration from www.healthygirlskitchen.com