Valentines Day Brookies – Recipe

What could be better than spending Valentines Day in the kitchen, baking these delicious, drool worthy Brookies?

Hmmm, perhaps sharing one or two with a loved one, or simply Netflix and chilling with the whole batch?

Enjoy & Happy Valentines Day

INGREDIENTS

  • 130g vegan dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 45g ground almonds
  • 30g buckwheat flour
  • 15g cornflour / cornstarch
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 90ml aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
  • ½ tsp vinegar (apple cider vinegar or white vinegar)
  • 45g maple syrup
  • 5 tsp smooth, unsweetened peanut butter (½ tsp per cookie)
  • coarse sea salt, to decorate

METHOD

  • Break up the chocolate with your hands – or hit an unopened packet against your workbench a few times for a sort of therapy 😉
  • Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a glass bowl over a water bath. Make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Simmer on a very low heat until the chocolate has melted. Give the mixture a good stir and take the bowl off the heat to cool down.
  • Place the ground almonds, buckwheat flour, cornflour/cornstarch and baking powder in a small bowl. Mix very well.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 175° C Line a baking tray with a piece of baking paper.
  • In a clean metal or glass bowl whip aquafaba and vinegar until you get stiff peaks. Once the aquafaba is at the stiff peaks stage (turn the bowl upside down, if aquafaba does not slide down at all, it means that it has reached stiff peaks) start adding maple syrup very gradually, half a teaspoon at the time, whipping well after each addition.
  • Gradually (and gently so that you don’t knock too much air out of the whipped aquafaba) fold flour and baking powder mixture into whipped aquafaba with a spatula or a spoon.
  • Next, incorporate melted chocolate slowly until you achieve an even looking batter.
  • Spoon the batter onto the prepared baking tray. I went for 9 large cookies, but you can make 12 smaller ones instead.
  • Decorate each cookie with about half a teaspoon of smooth peanut butter swirled around with a toothpick and a light sprinkle of salt.
  • Bake for about 10 (smaller ones) to 11 minutes (larger ones). Remove the tray from the oven and allow the cookies to cool down completely before eating (they may be a little fragile until they are cool).
  • Keep in a dry cupboard in an air-tight container as these cookies absorb humidity easily.