Sharon Reid

 

Like a large proportion of the UK populace, sugar is my Achilles heel, I have made a few noble attempts to wean myself off; I went sugar free for eight weeks last summer yet still hankered for the illicit white stuff throughout my abstinence. I have reached the conclusion that sugar will always be my weakness, fortunately for me I am married to a man who is a dab hand at whipping up delicious vegan desserts which contain no processed sugar – only natural sugars need apply in the form of fructose, stevia*, agave, and honey, cinnamon also features which adds sweetness yet contains no sugar – studies have also found that cinnamon can actually help control blood sugar levels**.

For those of you with a sweet tooth who want to enjoy sweet treats minus processed sugar, and don’t have access to your very own vegan chef, try making Creative Nature’s Chia & Cacao Brownie recipe with this vegan, gluten –free, organic brownie mix. Furthermore, this unique mix is also high in iron and magnesium –great for providing a natural energy boost, and contains no nuts, soya or artificial sweeteners therefore ideal for allergen sufferers.

Ingredients:

400g Chia & Cacao Brownie Mix Brownie Mix

4 large eggs – or 5tbsp Chia Seeds + 15tbsp water for vegan recipe

200g butter – or dairy free spread for vegan recipe

5ml vanilla essenceCreative Nature A4 Boards to print FINAL 050216

Method:

Vegan recipe only – in a food processor or pestle & mortar, grind the Chia Seeds until fine. Mix in a bowl with the water and leave to sit for 5 mins, or until gloopy.

Preheat oven to 150 c/300 f/ Gas Mark 2.

Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and beat together until smooth -start of slowly so the flour doesn’t go everywhere!

Line a brownie/baking tin with grease-proof paper and carefully spoon the mix into it.

Bake between 20-25 mins then remove and put in the fridge to enjoy later.

Creative Nature’s Chia & Cacao Brownie Mix costs £5.49 and is available from Creative Nature

 

**Stevia – A herb native to South America which is 300 times sweeter than sugar

** www.npr.org