Immune Boosting Brownies!
I bet you didn’t think that the words sugar free, immune-boosting, and brownie could all fit into one description, but it’s possible! Thanks to Farmacopia’s Radical Immune Superfood Powder, packed full of immune-building mushrooms, including reishi, maitake, and turkey tail. This tasty powder also includes the powerful herb astragalus, which is known to shield the body against cold and flu germs. The recipe also calls for antioxidant-rich organic cacao powder, of which I prefer the brand Ojio (trust me, you’ll never think twice about using another cacao powder again!). You may be wondering what makes this brownie recipe sugar free? Green-tipped, or under-ripe bananas, are used as a natural sweetener in this dish. But there’s no sugar, stevia, xylitol, sucrose, honey, or other sweetener used making it a 21-Day Sugar Detox friendly recipe! I promise you won’t miss the sugar, and neither will your immune system. These brownies have a rich flavor and that gooey texture we all associate with the perfect brownie. If you want even more tasty immune-boosting goodness, I recommend savoring these brownies with a warm cup of Reishi Roast (a chocolatey mushroom drink that tastes like coffee, without the caffeine!) or a chai latte. Enjoy!
Makes 12 brownies
Recipe adapted from Diane Sanfilippo’s “21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook”
Coconut oil, for greasing the pan
4 green-tipped bananas
4 eggs (get pasture-raised, organic eggs if you can!)
1/2 cup almond butter (or nut/seed butter of your choice)
1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/3 cup cacao powder
2 heaping tablespoons Radical Immune Powder*
1/2 teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 inch or 9x9 inch baking dish. You can make these brownie real easily by combining the bananas, eggs, and coconut milk in a food processor for about a minute. Combine the remaining ingredients and process for another couple of minutes. However, if you don’t have a food processor, or you’re an old-school baker like me, you can use an electric mixer instead. Follow the same steps and mix away! Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until the edges are cooked. Let cool 10-15 minutes before enjoying.
*I highly recommend purchasing the Radical Immune Powder from Farmacopia for the extra immune support, but it can be substituted by combining 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.