Ok, I did it, I made a new recipe this month (thanks to August Goals), and I think you will enjoy trying it too!

This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite Nutrition Blogs.

It is a super yummy brownie-textured dessert. Wonderful when accompained with tea or served for breakfast! This recipe also incorporates soaking grains ahead of time to enable your body to benefit from the nutrients in grains, which are not released without soaking. [Note: cake does not taste like coffee]

You will need:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I used  a wholegrain spelt flour- which can be purchased at Sainsbury’s for those in the UK- see Dove’s Farm Organic Brand)
1/4 Maple Syrup (UKers, can be purchased at Asda)
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil (or combination of both), in its solid state
1-2 Tbsp cocoa powder (as desired, we use 2 Tbsp)
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp Ground Mill Spice
1/2 tsp baking powder (I would not use any of this if incorporating soaking)
dash of salt
2 squares of organic milk chocolate, cut into small chunks
1/2 cup nuts (can use candied pecans for the top!), if desired (I used 1/4 cup of flaked almonds)
1 cup cultured buttermilk, kefir, whey, yogurt (or your preferred acid medium for soaking) [I used yogurt]

SOAKING STEP: In a large bowl, combine flour and acid medium (buttermilk, kefir, whey or yogurt, as desired). Cover and allow to soak for 12-24 hours.

After soaking, combine remaining ingredients. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 pan and cover with chopped nuts, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

If you want to skip out on the soaking, follow these directions:

In a large bowl, combine the flour and sugar; cut in the butter/coconut oil until crumbly. Add Ground Mill Spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; mix well. Make a well in the center; pour in the buttermilk (or alternative acid medium) and stir until moistened. Transfer to a greased 8 x8 baking pan and sprinkle with chocolate and nuts (optional). Bake as instructed above.

Serve on a lovely plate; don’t be surprised if it is eaten in one day. 🙂

What recipes have you enjoyed this month? leave a comment to let us know!

Thanks for reading!