Don’t be put off by the healthy sounding title. These may be packed with super-seeds but they taste like really good chocolate brownies. You can trust me on that because I am something of an expert on brownies and chocolate cake in general. So are my kids. It’s always a good indicator how something tastes when they all want seconds, and then they fight over who’s second slice is the biggest.
I eat ground pumpkin and flaxseeds every day as part of my super-seed breakfast, but the kids mainly get seeds when I add them to baking… more justification (as if I need it) to keep a steady supply of fresh stuff coming out of the oven.
Start by stewing half a cup of pitted prunes in a little water. Over the top melt around 60 – 70g dark chocolate, 50g butter and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. The chia seeds will hydrate as the butter / chocolate melts. When it’s all molten blend the prunes with the chocolate mix (or just mash it together if you don’t mind lumps).
Whisk 3 eggs with 1/2 cup raw organic sugar (or any other type .. I blow with the wind when it comes to sugar and this is what I have in the cupboard at the moment). Add about half a cup of ground pumpkin / flaxseeds. I use an old coffee grinder.. and if you’re reading this thinking ‘what a hassle to grind up seeds’, then rest assured, it’s really not. It will take about 10 seconds and these are nutritional gods, so it will be worth it.
Beat in about a cup and a half of ground almonds, and a couple of spoons of cocoa powder. (You can switch some ground almonds for rice flour if you want and skip the cocoa powder if you’re less of a chocofreak – you’re aiming for about 2 cups dry stuff, including the ground seeds, per 3 eggs).
Add the chocolate / prune mix and pour it into a greased square cake tin. It will take about 30 mins to bake. You can ice it, if you’re an icing kind of person. I used a few squares of melted milk chocolate mixed with a spoonful of greek yogurt. Obviously it would be healthier to omit this step but you know, these are brownies made with super-seeds, they can carry a little icing and still stand proud.