If you think that the picture of these brownies looks good, I assure you that it does not do them justice. These are the best brownies I have ever had. I love baking with pure maple syrup in place of sugar. I love eating my deserts and I love creating them in healthy ways so that I can feel good about putting them in my body and feeding them to my children. I love the fact that eating doesn’t have to be bad for you or make you feel guilty and that so many favorite foods can be made vegan and healthy and taste just as good, if not better.
To be honest this recipe was really a fluke. Kind of like my Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola. This recipe was invented after failing another one of my attempts at the Chocolate Almond Butter Stuffed Cookies. The dough was too sticky for cookies and I didn’t want to see it go to waste so I added some chopped walnuts to it, spread it in an 8 x 8 baking pan and hoped for the best. The result was a delicious, fudgy, sugar-free pan of chocolate walnut brownie heaven, ready in 10 minutes! Yet another reminder that there is no such thing as failure.
I love that anything that seems to have gone wrong can actually turn out to be such a blessing. I have made these brownies many more times since that night. Today I photographed them and decided to be kind enough to share them with you. 🙂
Walnut Fudge Brownies
A fudgey chocolate brownie sprinkled with crunchy walnut pieces and made with the goodness of whole wheat flour and pure maple syrup. What could be better?
Makes 16 brownies
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup sunflower oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350F. In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and sea salt. Add 1/2 cup of the chopped walnuts. Add the maple syrup, sunflower oil and vanilla and stir until combined. Pour the mixture into a non-stick 8 x 8 baking pan and spread evenly. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of walnuts and bake for 8-10, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before cutting into 16 equal squares.
These are perfect for Christmas too and will definitely be on my Christmas baking list. The girls and I baked another yummy Christmas treat today that I have yet to share and is really fun for kids. We are already getting into the spirit of Christmas around here. The girls have been begging to put the tree up since the first few flakes of snow fell last week so we did last night. We have also had the Christmas music playing today and have been looking up Christmas craft ideas. It really won’t be too long and the weeks leading up to Christmas are so much fun for the girls and I.