Chocolate, Coconut & Strawberry Brownies

suitable for diabetic, vegan & gluten-free diets

I've been working with several people who are pre-diabetic or have type 2 diabetes and wanted to create a brownie without using any sugars that impact blood glucose.  I love this brownie and hope you do too! 

Xylitol is a sweetener derived from the bark of a sliver birch tree.  It has been processed but it's good to use a little if you are avoiding dried fruit and want to avoid blood sugar spikes.  

Mesquite is a Peruvian carob which is naturally sweet, has a biscuit-like flavour and helps to regulate insulin. It's high in fibre and suitable for diabetic diets.

Yacon is a sweetener which comes from a yam similar to a sweet potato.  Very low in both glucose and fructose, it contains a sugar called FOS which does not increase blood glucose. It has a lovely caramel taste similar to molasses.  

Lucuma is a peach from Peru low on the GI scale which gives a lovely sweetness and creaminess.

Cinnamon helps to give a natural sweetness and helps to balance our blood sugar levels.

Walnuts are full of anti-oxidants and omega 3 fats.  Great for the health of our heart and brain. Also helpful for diabetics to reduce fasting insulin levels. 

Berries are a great source of antioxidants and these air dried strawberries are an optional addition to decorate brownies with.

Ingredients

brownie

300g walnuts (soaked & dehydrated)
50g coconut flakes
10g xylitol (ground)
50g cacao powder
50g mesquite / peruvian carob
30g lucuma
1 tsp cinnamon
10g cacao paste/liquor (melted)
10g coconut oil (melted)
20-30ml water

3 drops stevia (optional - only if you prefer it to be sweeter)
3 drops strawberry medicine flower extract (optional)

20g walnuts (chopped) to mix in

chocolate 

 

 

 


Topping Brownie

30g cacao paste (melted)
10g coconut oil (melted)
5g mesquite/peruvian carob
5g lucuma
30g yacon syrup
3 drops strawberry medicine flower extract (optional)

 

air dried strawberries
or sprinkle cacao nibs or desiccated coconut on top

 

TOP TIP

To make the brownie even more nutritious, add 1 or 2 tsps of your favourite superfood -
try chaga mushroom, he shou wu, maca or purple corn extract.

Method

Grind walnuts, coconut flakes & xylitol in food processor

Add the rest of the ingredients and blend again.  If the mixture is a little dry, add a drop of water until brownie binds together.

Stir in chopped walnuts

Press into brownie tray
To make chocolate, whisk all ingredients together in a bowl then pour on top of brownie
Allow to set for 1 hour
Slice into 12-16 brownies