Uncategorised / 10.02.2017

Valentine’s baking: Chocolate ‘Brookies’

By Carly Tierney
That's a brownie-cookie hybrid – and they're healthier than they sound!

ice cream brownie

Serves 6
30g of unsweetened cocoa powder
200g of dark chocolate (at least 70%)
100g of unsalted butter
100g of natural peanut butter
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 egg
1 tsp of salt
100g of sweetener
150g of wholegrain flour
Icing sugar to dust

For chocolate ice cream filling
1 banana
50ml of Greek yoghurt
1 tablespoon of sweetener
½ tablespoon of honey
1 heaped tablespoon of cocoa powder

 

Method
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Start by chopping your banana into even-sized chunks and place in the freezer for an hour to 90 minutes
2 Take out your banana chunks and put them into a food processor with your yoghurt, honey, sweetener and cocoa powder
3 Keep blending the mixture until it is smooth and creamy
4 Place the mixture back in the freezer for up to an hour to 90 minutes
While your ice cream is in the freezer it’s time to make your cookies. Melt your chocolate over a pan of hot water, and in a separate bowl, blend your cocoa powder, sweetener and butter together – make sure they’re well mixed
5 Then add in your vanilla extract, egg and salt and mix together. Gradually work your flour and baking powder into the mixture
6 Finally, add your melted chocolate and peanut butter. Whip into a smooth dough and add a splash of water if you need to loosen things up
7 Separate into equal portions on a baking tray covered in greaseproof paper and place in the oven at 180C for around 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on them as you go – you want them to remain nice and squidgy but not under-baked!
8 Take your cookies out once baked and leave to cool
9 When you’re ready to serve simply scoop some ice-cream and squish between two cookies. Dust with a very fine layer of icing sugar and your ice-cream sandwich ‘Brookies’ are good to go.

DW Fitness says:

‘There’s no doubt that this is a decadent recipe, but the health benefits of our makeover mean that you’ll be ready for your next workout as well as a little romance. The Greek yoghurt featured in the ice-cream is always a good alternative to cream. Not only is it low in saturated fats, it’s also a fantastic source of protein and calcium.
No need to choose between brownies and cookies, we’ve combined the best of both worlds with our ‘brookies.’ By cutting back the butter in the ‘brookie’ mix, it enables you to add in some natural peanut butter, which is a fantastic source of protein. All in all, if you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s dessert you really need look no further.’

 

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