Brownie 2.0: Walnut and Olive oil

So, I already have a brownie recipe up on this meandering journal of recipes which does not (yet) contain all that many recipes. Two brownie recipes might seem excessive. But, it's brownie. I'm sitting here munching on a piece of it and I promise you're going to thank me for this one. The first brownie is perfect for your lunchbox, the 3pm slump, your weekend walks and impressing your vegan/health-fanatic mates. This brownie is to make for your friend that's going through a break-up, it is dinner party dessert, or for those days when you have to crawl into bed with a hot water bottle clutched to your belly and drink endless cups of peppermint tea. It is comfort brownie. And it's still lower in sugar than your average afternoon snack so get into it! 

I've used olive oil because I'm trying to move away from using margarines such as Olivani (which I have previously shared is my favourite). The reason for this is that I just found out that the 'vegetable oils' listed in the ingredients include Palm Oil. Many of you will know that the production of Palm Oil is destroying rainforests, ecosystems and livelihoods, and it's not something I'm interested in supporting the production of with my consumer vote. So, I used a slightly less olive oil than I would have used margarine, and it came out tops! Olive oil gives it a fruity flavour and just makes the whole thing a bit classier, if you ask me. 

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200g dark chocolate (I used 100g 95% and 100g 72%)
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tbsp flax seed meal + 9 tbsp water, stirred together
1/2 cup rice malt syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup gluten free baking mix (self-raising)
1.4 cup walnuts

Preheat your oven to 180 and prepare a 20 cm sq brownie tin with baking parchment.

Place the chocolate, olive oil, rice malt syrup, sugar, and vanilla in a heavy-based saucepan and melt over a gentle heat. Don't let it boil or catch, as this makes the chocolate bitter. Stir your flax seed mixture into the melted mixture, and finally add the flour. 

Scoop the mixture into your brownie tin and press the walnuts well into the mixture. Bake for about 20 minutes, until brownie is cooked through. Let it cool completely before turning out and cutting. Try not to eat it all at once..?
 

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