Cacao, Hemp and Balance Brownies

The chocolate brownie.

An absolute classic that never goes out of style, but is totally open to re-invention, and has been in every shape, colour, size and flavour!

We wanted an indulgent classic with innocence and came up with this as a nutritious MAWish take on the naughty classic. We pushed the boundaries with the amount of cacao to get the richest taste, but also add a little espresso for depth and our liquid balance blend to reap the benefits of MACA.

SWAPS* This recipe may have a few ingredients in your cupboard you may not have at the moment but there are some really similar ingredients that you probably do!

  • Swap the cacao powder for unsweetened cocoa powder, essentially the same thing but has gone through a little more processing

  • Protein powder - we use a vegan vanilla protein from Prozis, and this adds the sweetness and helps balance out the macro-nutrients but any protein powder will work and is a great thing to have in the cupboard.

  • Spelt flour - any flour is absolutely fine but we prefer wholemeal, rye or spelt.

  • Feel free to get creative - try adding a handful of raspberries, nuts or dark choc chips.

Ingredients (serves 8 approx 150-200 kcal per brownie)

60 g oats

150 ml oat milk

1 scoop vanilla protein

100 g flour

30 g hemp seeds

3 egg whites

1/2 medium courgette grated

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp liquid balance

1 tbsp peanut butter

1 tsp instant coffee mix with a little water


If you have a blender then perfect! If not this is also fine done by hand.

1 Add dry ingredients to blender or bowl. Blitz or store till combined

2 Add wet ingredients and blitz or fold to incorporate into the bowl

3 pour into a lined baking tray and drizzle with peanut butter and chopped nuts/ choc drops if using

4 Bake at 200 c for approx 20 mins - these are done when they very subtly bounce back when pressed.

5 ENJOY warm or leave for a day for flavours to enhance even more.

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