Brazil nuts contain selenium, which helps to boost the immune system. Cacao is a good source of antioxidants and magnesium which can help to reduce anxiety. 

Makes 15 squares


  • 10 Brazil nuts
  • 100ml almond milk
  • 125g dark chocolate 
  • 250ml maple syrup
  • 150g coconut oil plus a little extra for greasing the tin
  • 50g cacao powder, sieved
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 130g spelt or rice flour
  • 3 eggs

(If you don’t have any cacao, you can use cocoa powder. Just make sure you add a little less almond milk as cocoa powder does not absorb liquid very well.)


1 – Preheat your oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. Grease a 30cm x 20cm tin. Line with parchment. Ensure the parchment is sticking up at the sides so it’s easier to lift the brownies out when they’re done. 

2 – Place the Brazil nuts in the oven for 15 minutes. Turn them once halfway through so they brown on both sides. Leave to cool and chop them coarsely. 

3 – Put the dark chocolate, coconut oil, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and almond milk into a saucepan. Add a gentle heat and stir often until the batter looks glossy and everything has melted. 

4 – Remove from the heat and add the cacao powder. Whisk.

5 –  Now let the mixture cool for 15 minutes and add the eggs. Beat, and add the Brazil nuts, baking powder, and flour. Stir well. 

6 – Pour the mixture into your tin and place it in the oven. Bake for 12 minutes or until an inserted cocktail stick comes out relatively clean. 

7 – Take the tin out of the oven and slide the delicious-looking brownies onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool before cutting into 15 squares. Enjoy!

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