Lavender Chaga Brownies
This is a lovely and delicious recipe to go along with our series on stress management. This unique medicinal and yummy recipe helps to boost your immune function and calm your adrenals, which are our stress glands.
This recipe has something called Chaga in it. Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that grows on the outside of birch trees in cold climates. Chaga has a similar taste to coffee and has a super high antioxidant level, one of the highest of all the super foods! These medicinal mushrooms help to decrease fatigue, boost immunity, reduce spikes in blood sugar, improve digestion, and support cellular regeneration. They are also considered adaptogenic, which provides a calming effect on our bodies during stress.
I added in lavender to this special recipe too, which is a calmative and adaptogenic on its own. Lavender also adds a beautiful floral note to these, which pairs so well with the chocolate.
The only sweetener in these brownies are Medjool dates, which have so many rich nutrients.
These brownies are soft and very moist and best of all, it’s a delicious way of taking your medicine! :)
1 cup almond flour or 1 cup GF oat flour (can grind GF rolled oats in a food processor until flour consistency)
4 TBSP raw cacao powder or good quality cocoa powder (carob powder is also fine if you are sensitive to chocolate)
3 TBSP Chaga powder (link for source below)
2-3 TBSP finely ground organic Lavender flowers (link for source below)
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 large egg
1 ½ cups pitted Medjool dates
3/4 cup melted ghee, butter, or coconut oil (mixture of these are good too)
2 tsp vanilla
Grind dates and melted butter or choice of fats together in a food processor until dates are ground into a thickened gooey paste.
Add in the egg and vanilla.
Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until everything is blended.
Mixture will be thick and have a texture like a typical brownie batter would have. Pour into a greased 8x8 glass baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Let cool and then cut into squares…I like to refrigerate these to keep them firmer, like a fudge.
Update:The Role Adaptogens Play for Our Bodies During Times of Stress