MADDIE HAS GONE VEGAN
Welcome to our second edition of Maddie Bakes. Today I am sharing Maddie’s newest recipe for Vegan Brownies. Okay, I see you out there turning up your nose and shaking your head. I know what you are saying. Baked goods should be decadent and mouthwatering, not gluten free and good for you. I know because before Maddie started her vegetarian lifestyle I would have never thought about making a vegan dessert. Give me all the flour and fat you can pack into a dessert. However, I am a convert. Her vegan brownies are delicious.
CHANGING HER COOKING HABITS
However, our cooking and baking habits have changed a bit since Mads has adopted her new eating style. She is partly doing this because of her love for animals and convictions to not harm any of them, but she has also had health problems that concern her stomach which leaves her very limited with her diet choices. She does not tolerate dairy well and many processed foods make her very sick. That is why she has adopted a healthier way of eating and cooking.
MADDIE BAKES VEGAN (SOMETIMES)
Maddie still loves to cook lots of sweets with ingredients she cannot eat, but she has broadened her recipe collection to include vegan, flourless, gluten free, and natural baking recipes. Here are Maddie’s VEGAN BROWNIES.
VEGAN BROWNIES RECIPE
1 Cup Mashed Bananas (about 3 bananas)
1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
2 TB Agave Nectar
3 TB Cocoa Powder
Coconut Cooking Spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 inch square pan with coconut cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter and mashed bananas until combined smoothly. Mix in agave and cocoa powder until all ingredients are incorporated together. Spread batter evenly into sprayed baking pan. Bake 18- 20 minutes, until brownies are set, but still gooey. Allow to cool. Cut brownies into 9 squares and serve.
BENEFITS OF A VEGAN LIFESTYLE
Living a vegan lifestyle can have many advantages. Eating a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and soy will reduce the amount of saturated fat you eat. It will also increase the amount of some vitamins and minerals such as Potassium, Folate, Magnesium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E that might be neglected in a diet with meat.
There is also evidence that many diseases can be held at bay with a vegan diet. There are studies showing a reduction in cardiovascular disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, several types of cancer, and arthritis.
Studies have also shown physical benefits as well. Weight loss, more energy, less migraine head aches, less body odor, longer life, and healthy skin are some of the benefits reported. These truly are some wonderful advantages to a vegan lifestyle, but any meal plan needs to be approached with education and moderation in mind.