2 cups chocolate chips or carob chips

3 Tbsp safflower oil or olive oil

1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup unbleached  cane sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup applesauce

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup plus 3 Tbsp raw walnuts, finely chopped, optional if allergies

4 Tbsp raw hemp seeds

3 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut toasted

 

in a small saucepan over medium heat, cook 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and safflower oil for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring often, until chocolate chips melt.  remove from heat.  or place chocolate chips and safflower oil in a small glass bowl, microwave for 1 or 2 minutes or until chocolate chips just begin to soften and stir mixture until smooth.  let cool slightly for 10 minutes.

preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  lightly oil a 9x13 inch baking pan.

in a medium bowl combine together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.  add chocolate chip mixture, applesauce and vanilla extract and stir well to combine.

add 1/4 cup walnuts and 3 Tbsp hemp seeds and stir just until blended.  transfer batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly.

bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned and center is set.  remove from the oven.

for brownie topping, immediately sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips evenly over hot brownies.  let sit for 3 minutes or until chocolate chips melt and spread them evenly witha knife to cover the top.  evenly sprinkle remaining 3 Tbsp walnuts, toasted coconut and remaining 1 Tbsp hemp seeds over the top.  let cool for 1 hour or more before cutting into 16 pieces.  store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Variation feel free to substitute other raw nuts and seeds inside and on top of these brownies.  pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds all work well.

 

HEMP SEEDS~~also called hemp nuts are the shelled edible seeds of the hemp plant.  they have a mild, nutty flavor similar to sunflower seeds and are rich in dietary fiber, protein, essential fatty acids and some vitamins and minerals.  purchase hemp seeds in most grocery and natural food stores.