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Chocolate brownies have been given a healthier twist and some added fruit and they couldn’t be easier to make! These Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Brownies take just 5 minutes to prepare. They are made with oat flour, sweetened with banana and Hermesetas Granulated Sweetener and have some fruit added to make them healthier. They are lower in calories than the average brownie too – just 76 calories each.
You can’t go wrong with a chocolate brownie. It’s a classic dessert choice and the gooier (is that a word?) and fudgier (this one too?) the better in our opinion. Thanks to the banana and cashew butter in these brownies, they are both those things, but they are also low in calories too. Woooo Hoooo for healthy chocolate brownies!
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We have swapped the sugar for Hermesetas Granulated Sweetener and also used oats instead of flour to make them a little lighter. We have been making the switch to swapping sugar for Hermesetas Granulated Sweetener in our hot drinks as well as our baking, and not only is it lower in calories, but can help to control blood sugar too.
Sugar, Sweetener and Blood Sugar.
Studies show that frequent rises in blood glucose levels after meals, due to a ‘nibbling’ eating pattern, can put us at risk of metabolic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease.
This is thought to be because constant stimulation of blood glucose and insulin suppresses fat burning in the body, affects appetite, boosts inflammation and increases the risk of weight gain.
Studies show that frequent snacking on high carbohydrate foods, which stimulates blood glucose, causes overall daily glucose levels to be 30% higher when compared with eating three meals a day.
In contrast, sweetening foods and drinks with low calorie sweeteners, such as Hermesetas, reduces their impact on blood sugar levels which results in lower overall daily levels of glucose and insulin – a pattern that is much healthier for appetite control and fat burning.
NHS Choices says: “Like sugar, sweeteners provide a sweet taste but what sets them apart is that, after consumption, they don’t increase blood sugar levels“.
You can use low calories sweeteners in all your favourite recipes and they make a great sugar swap. Switching sugar to low calorie sweeteners like Hermesetas can reduce your daily calorie intake by 10% and lead to a statistically significant weight loss of 0.2kg (o.44lbs) a week.
Not sure how to use sweetener? Along with this recipe, take a look at all the recipes over on the Hermesetas website.
How Well Do These Brownies Keep?
As these healthy chocolate brownies haven’t got any eggs or butter in them, they are a great low fat brownie option. They are suitable if you are following Slimming World or Weight Watchers and they keep for a good few days in the fridge, so there is no need to eat them all quickly before they go bad. Although the temptation is strong – they are that good!
Ingredients needed to make these Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Brownies.
- 3 ripe bananas
- 4 heaped dessert spoons of cashew butter
- 35g cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp Hermesetas Granulated Sweetener
- 30g rolled oats, blended to make flour
- 60ml almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- A pinch of sea salt
- 16 raspberries
How To Make Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Brownies – Step By Step
One: In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas until they are smooth.
Two: Add the cashew butter to the banana.
Three: Add the cocoa powder.
Four: Add the Hermesetas Granulated Sweetener.
Five: Add the oat flour, sea salt and vanilla extract.
Six: Add the almond milk.
Seven: Mix everything together in the bowl.
Eight: Pour the mixture in to an 8×6″ baking dish that has been lined with baking paper and then drop the raspberries on top, pushing them slightly into the mixture.
Nine: Put them in a preheated oven at 200C/390F for 25 minutes. Leave to cool completely before cutting and keep them in the fridge so they stay firm.
What To Drink With These Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Brownies.
Any of the following drinks will go perfectly with one of these brownies:
- Cinnamon Mocha
- Healthy Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- Gingerbread Honey Hot Chocolate
- Healthy Pumpkin Spiced Latte
- Mocha Frappuccino
Some Extra Tips For Making These Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Brownies
- You don’t have to use raspberries – you could use pitted cherries, chunks of strawberries, blackberries or blueberries. You could even use a mixture of them all.
- These brownies are vegan, however you can use cow’s milk if you don’t want to use nut milk.
- Love peanut butter? Swap the cashew butter for peanut butter.
- You can make these even more indulgent by adding in some dark chocolate chips.
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Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Brownies
- 3 Ripe bananas
- 3 tbsp Cashew butter, heaped
- 35 g Cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp Hermesetas Granulated Sweetener
- 30 g Rolled oats, blended to make flour
- 60 ml Almond milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 pinch Sea salt
- 16 Raspberries
- In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas until they are smooth.
- Add all the other ingredients (except the raspberries), to the mashed banana.
- Mix everything until a smooth batter is formed.
- Pour the mixture in to an 8x6" baking dish that has been lined with baking paper and then drop the raspberries on top, pushing them slightly into the mixture.
- Put them in a preheated oven at 200C/390F for 25 minutes.
- Leave to cool completely before cutting and keep them in the fridge so they stay firm.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
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 Blaak EE et al. (2012) Obes Rev 13: 923-984.
 Holmstrup ME et al. (2010) European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism 5: e277ee280.