Deliciously Ella is a blog, and now two books, by Ella Woodward. After transferring to a plant based diet free from gluten, preservatives and processed junk food, including refined sugar, she has ridden herself of the awful symptoms she experienced from having POTS. On her blog and in her books she creates and shares recipes of healthy food. My sister bought me her first book for Christmas and I have enjoyed looking through it and making some of the recipes. As a fussy eating, acid reflux suffering vegetarian, I find it hard to find healthy foods to eat. I also used to hate cooking – this book has changed that. So much so, that I pre-ordered, and now own, her new book.
Ella’s 1st and 2nd books.
If you think that the ingredients are going to be expensive, let me tell you that you are wrong. They aren’t expensive. The brown rice flour only cost me £1.89. The cacao powder was £4.99 from Tesco but will last me so long as you only need a small amount to create a lot of flavour – half the amount of cocoa powder you would use.
I also love the smoothie bowl from the second book. I add almond butter to it and I was surprised by how much protein, not to mention vitamins and nutrients that it has in it. A great breakfast for a vegetarian. I don’t even like avocados but this smoothie bowl has some in and you can’t even taste it nor can you taste the almond butter – lots of goodness without the nasty taste!
I could say lots of good things but I mustn’t waffle on. Let me get back to the brownies. I do not have a steamer so instead used a colander over a saucepan full of boiling water which worked perfectly well. I do not currently have a food processor but I do plan on getting one in the future so I used my smoothie blender which took a little work and I had to pull a few lumpy bits out but we got there in the end. So if you don’t have a steamer or a processor don’t worry you can work around it like I did. My blender is a cheaper version of the Nutribullet but works just as well. There were no other issues I faced whilst preparing and cooking. I waiting 20 minutes and checked it with a fork which came out dirty so put it on for another 5 minutes and it came out clean.
I only had a Pyrex dish so this is how it turned out. Yes I was too eager to taste it before photographing it. I was only going to have a bite but it tasted really nice so I ended up having more!
I was a little worried about these because I had read on a tabloid newspaper article that they weren’t worth the hassle. It really wasn’t a hassle in my opinion. There were other bad reviews too. I can see why the brownies wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste because you can taste the dates in them and I think that people are trying to compare them to chocolate brownies that are full of unhealthy ingredients and you shouldn’t do that. You cannot compare healthy food to unhealthy food. They are in a completely different category to each other.
The matter of the fact is that healthy food will never taste like unhealthy food but your tastes buds do change after eating this way for pretty short time and you will end up preferring to eat this way, without your stomach and energy levels complaining. This way you can feel good and positive about eating completely guilt free brownies.
This recipe is from her first book but you can also find it on her blog here.