Recipe by Max la Manna
A huge thank you to Max La Manna for sharing this recipe with us! Max is a multi award-winning author, low-waste chef and campaigner who is passionate about creating simple, affordable dishes that use as much of each ingredient as possible.
These chocolate and peanut butter brownies are an easy bake that’s bound to satisfy your sweet tooth!
- 2 tbsp flaxseeds
- 170g plain flour
- 60g cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 150g brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus more for finishing
- 320g dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp instant coffee
- 230g oat milk or non-dairy alternative
- 120g vegan butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 50g smooth peanut butter
- 25g tahini
Preheat the oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan/gas 6. Line a 23 x 23cm baking tin with baking parchment.
In a small bowl, combine the flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons of Set aside for about 5–10 minutes until it thickens and develops a jelly-like consistency.
Into a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Stir in the sugar and salt.
Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the hot water. Weigh out and set aside 100g of the Melt two-thirds of the remaining chocolate in the heatproof bowl, stirring often. Once completely melted, add the remaining one-third of the chocolate and the instant coffee powder, remove from heat and stir until silky smooth. Leave to cool for 5 minutes.
Fold the melted chocolate, oat milk, butter, flaxseed paste and vanilla extract into the dry ingredients until well combined. Pour the mixture into the lined baking tin. Tap gently against the counter to remove any trapped air bubbles.
Bake for 25 minutes; the top should be slightly cracked and cooked whereas the inside should be slightly gooey. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the tin.
Set a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure it doesn’t touch the water. Melt two-thirds of the remaining chocolate in the bowl, stirring. Once melted, add the rest of it, remove from the heat and stir until smooth. Cool for 5 minutes.
Spread the remaining chocolate mixture over the brownies, top with dollops of peanut butter and tahini. Using a knife or a toothpick, gently swirl the peanut butter and tahini together to create a magical design. Transfer the brownies to the fridge to cool for about 45 minutes.
Cut the chilled brownies, sprinkle of sea salt and serve.