Fig & Coconut Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies

Yes, as the title would suggest, i am about to divulge an amazing vegan recipe! Since becoming vegan in Oct, it’s been really hard finding vegan desserts, or desserts that i can eat – nearly all desserts have milk or butter or eggs – or all of the above. I managed to find a place that sells chocolate vegan croissants – they are good, but i kinda OD’ed on them….had way too many…got overexcited 😉 Anyway, it isn’t easy finding vegan dessert options, especially in Italy….I’ve prob got it better than other italian cities, as Milan now has quite a few options when it comes to vegan restaurants, there’s been a sudden boom over the past 2 years….when i first arrived here nearly 3 years ago: nada, zilch. I’ll list all the places to go to eat vegan in Milan – but i’ll leave that for another post! 😉
Back to the recipe, i found this on MindBodyGreen – they’ve got loads of interesting and different vegan recipes, i can’t wait to try more! Tho these brownies are so good, i just keep coming back to this same recipe – i must’ve made them like at least 5 times since May….
The recipe is by Angela Rooney and she says about them: “These brownies are gluten, wheat, dairy, and soy free, and they’re vegan! The cacao powder is a superfood packed with antioxidants. You’ll get plenty of protein from the almonds, fiber from the dates and figs, and a bit of healthy fats from all of the coconut. Plus, these brownies are sweetened with a bit of coconut sugar, which has a low glycemic index and dates which are a great substitute to refined sweeteners.” – sounds too good to be true? Try ’em to find out!
A quick note about the ingredients, as i’m in Milan you can find all of the ingredients from Super Polo, or Natura Si or even Esselunga for the basic stuff (organic cacao, figs, dates, baking soda etc). I bought organic everything that i could find. And yes you can find coconut sugar, it’s at Super Polo! I’m sure you can find all of the ingredients in any organic shop or health food store…if i managed to find all of the ingredients in Italy, then you guys have no problems! 🙂
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½ cup raw almonds
½ cup dried pitted dates
½ cup raw organic cacao powder
1/3 cup applesauce
¼ cup organic coconut sugar
¼ cup light canned coconut milk
¼ cup organic coconut shreds
5-6 stemmed dried figs
2 Tbsp. organic unrefined coconut oil
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. sea salt

MY Directions:
Firstly, i turned on the oven.

Secondly, i blended the almonds until ground, then i added all of the dry ingredients (caao, sugar, salt & baking soda) into the food processor to continue blending with the ground almonds.

Then i set this mixture aside. I then blended the dates, figs, coconut milk, oil and shreds until they’re all well blended and then i added the dry mixture i set aside into this one and blended all together again.

Lastly, i stirred in the applesauce.

I then greased whatever baking tins/trays i had with coconut oil and filled them with the batter.

I placed them into the warm over and left them to cook for 20min in 200*C.

Thru trial and error, i found it was best to let them cool before cutting them, so perhaps place them in the fridge once they’re done cooking, or better yet, let them cool off outside, and then place them in the fridge and then cut them. It’s definitely less messy this way – trust me!

Now, all that’s left for you to do is enjoy! 🙂


About ctyoga

Christiane has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her yogic journey began in 2000 as a student of Swami Nirmal (now at the Satyananda Centre in London) at the Fitness First gym in Kensal Rise, London. She experienced various teachers in different Fitness Firsts in Central London and around Clapham Junction before changing gyms and meeting Alexa Kho at LA FItness in Piccadilly Circus, London. Christiane attended Alexa's Anusara classes as well as her workshops. In January 2011 she enrolls in a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course with Rebecca Ffrench at YogaLondon. Vinyasa Flow is a modern form of yoga that comes from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and follows Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She quickly become passionate of this discipline and wants to deepen her knowledge; this brings her to meet and attend many workshops with Stewart Gilchrist, Shiva Rea, John Scott, Danny Paradise...all very famous teachers around the world. Being in the presence of such teachers is a significant experience for Christiane, in terms of her yogic journey, personal transformation and growth as well as understanding of yoga. After 11years in London, she moves to Milan to deepen and continue her journey. In Milan she teaches privately (1:1 and group classes) as well as in various yoga and dance centers. Milan is where her love for Ashtanga Vinyasa deepens and grows, bringing her to attend workshops with Lino Miele, Sharath Jois and most recently Kino MacGregor...all original students of Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. All of this culminates with a long awaited and long overdue trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga. Here Christiane deepens her practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga by doing a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC with Yogi Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh India. After the monthlong course, her travels take her around India practicing with various other world renown teachers, namely with Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa. In 2013 Christiane decides to embark on yet another yoga adventure, this time in Aerial Yoga! The course was divided into two weekends: level I in April and level II in June, after which she becomes a qualified Aerial Yoga teacher. Teacher and student of yoga, writer, adventurous soul, creative mind, curious world traveler & lover of the outdoors. Current HQ: Milan, Italy.
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