Okay, well maybe they are three bite. Or several bites if you want to savour them and make them last. Which you probably will.
Or maybe you will want to hide them, stashing them away in your freezer or at the top of the cupboard so that nobody knows where they are and you get to have them all to yourself. No scratch that: food is meant for sharing. I mean of course I want to share my chocolate brownies with you!
I know there are heaps and heaps of brownie recipes out there. Two bite, three bite, giant and small. Black bean, gluten free, and ones that are packed with veggies. And while you could skip over this post and this recipe, scroll through quickly to see the pictures and then exit the tab, I think you should stay. I think you should stay and check out these brownies.
Because they are made with banana flour. Yes of course, they still meet all the other requirements, like being free of refined sugar, completely vegan, gluten-free, soy free, dairy free, and on and on, but these ones are also made with banana flour.
Here’s the thing with banana flour: it’s a prebiotic. Banana flour is made from ground up green bananas, and just like if you eat raw green bananas, you are getting a source of prebiotics, also known as resistant starch. You can think of prebiotics as food for the probiotics. We hear about probiotics all the time: this food is high in probiotics, take probiotic capsules, eat foods rich in probiotics. And while all of this may be true and important, it’s also important to remember, that probiotics are just the bacteria themselves: without adequate space, food, water and nutrients, they cannot survive to exert their beneficial functions on the gut and body.
This is where prebiotics come in: prebiotics are food for the probiotics! They are called resistant starch because once in the gut, these foods resist complete digestion in the stomach and wait for the beneficial bacteria within the gut to digest them instead. This serves as food for the gut flora, allowing them to flourish and reproduce, and in the process improving our gut health.
Basically, I’m trying to tell you that these delicious, dark chocolate brownies are good for your gut! They have a source of prebiotics, healthy fats to improve the digestive lining, and raw cacao is a source of magnesium, important for adrenal health and reducing stress, another area which negatively impacts gut function.
And if you aren’t convinced yet, I might still win you over with the simplicity of the recipe. Most of it you do in the food processor, and other than the banana flour (which you should totally have on hand because it is so good for you!), there are no crazy ingredients.
Oh and these make an awesome post workout refuel option for after a run or a hard gym session. It’s that whole banana thing again . . .