We had some new arrivals in our house this week. 2 new, smiley, cute, furry little friends. We have adopted 2 cats via Cats Protection. We met them for the first time two weeks ago and totally fell in love. We picked them up on Friday and this weekend has been full of snuggles, mouse chasing and getting to know our new additions. They’re still a bit shy and Scout is quite timid and still a bit unsure of everything, but they’re slowly getting used to their new surroundings. Arto has made it quite clear he likes lap time and purrs loudly when he wants some affection. They seem to spend their time sleeping in odd places or catapulting themselves around the house and full speed. They have also taken to straight running up my leg when I get their food. I’m excited to watch them grow and learn. I’ll be sure to post some photos soon, when they sit still for more than 10 seconds. Keep an eye on my Instagram stories to see their daily antics!
Autumn seems to have hit the UK with its full, wet force. I always find baking comforting on rainy days, and often find myself trialling another brownie recipe. These maca brownies hit the spot. Maca has a malty, almost butterscotch flavour to it. It’s full of vitamins (B, C and E), calcium and zinc. It is a natural energy booster, and can also balance hormones! I’ve also used fava bean flour here, to make these brownies gluten-free. The flour also adds additional protein into the mix. Once again, I am using all organic ingredients here, as my last recipe this month supporting Organic September. So, grab a square, enjoy and know you’re getting some goodness in ya! Happy new season everyone!
- 340g / 2 cup fava bean flour
- 80ml / ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 60g / ½ cup cacao powder
- 60ml / ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons maca powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 80ml / ⅓ cup hot water
- Preheat your oven to 160 C / Gas Mark 2
- Grease and line 9" long baking dish.
- Throw all the dry ingredients into a bowl and give it a good mix.
- Stir in the oil, maple syrup and vanilla.
- Slowly stir in the hot water, adding a touch more if necessary.
- Pour the mix into the dish and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the top is slightly crisp.
- Leave to cool before digging in.