Zest Ever Brownies Recipe | Abel & Cole

Zest Ever Brownies

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Serves16 people
Zest Ever Brownies

Made with dark chocolate and nutty spelt flour, these rich, fudgy brownies are not only egg- and butter-free, they're also packed with sweet fruits, crunchy almonds and a warming pinch of spice.

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  • 250g spelt flour
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 100g cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of chilli powder (optional)
  • 2 oranges, grated zest
  • 50g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 5 fresh dates, stone, or 1 smallish banana, peeled
  • 250ml orange juice, water or a combo
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 large handfuls of almonds, roughly chopped (optional)
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1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas 3.
2. Line a rectangular baking dish (approx. 32cm x 24cm) with greaseproof paper or foil.
3. Mix all the dry ingredients, zest and chocolate in a large bowl.
4. Purée or mash the dates/banana to a smooth paste.
5. Gently warm the juice, oil and vinegar in a saucepan – the heat will activate the bicarb, helping it rise.
6. Make a well in the centre of the flour mix. Pour in the warmed oil/juice mix and the banana/date paste. Gently fold everything together, the liquid should just moisten the mix and bind it all, giving you a thick batter.
7. Spoon into the dish – the batter shouldn’t be more than 3-4cm deep. Smooth the top. Scatter almonds over. Bake for 20 mins, or till the top is firm and it looks set. Cool for at least 30 mins before cutting. It’s even better if you make it a day or two before.
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This is my all time favourite brownie recipe! I was searching for it in my big old recipes binder then remembered it was here on the Abel and Cole website. Hoorah! ??



I'm not sure this rating counts as I had to adapt so much: dark muscovado sugar for example made it feel more like parkin. Plus I used a dark chocolate and vanilla paste as opposed to real dark chocolate. And I'm sure spelt flour is lovely but ... I had cheap Tesco's in (other supermarkets exist). Heigh ho, the cinnamon was organic. And it was nomcious nonetheless.



Very chocolatey but too crumbly. Not sure how to make a firmer consistency..

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