Susan Jane White: Brainiac Brownies

Susan Jane White Brainiac Brownies

Brainiac Brownies

The first in our series of recipes this autumn from Ireland’s queen of healthy eating and ‘virtuous tart’, Susan Jane White. These brownies are loaded with brain building omega-3s. A superfood sweet treat for growing kids.


Makes 24 brownies

When you need to supercharge your brain power, try chia. These tiny seeds have finally become mainstream in the UK & Ireland, having enjoyed some spectacular adulation across the Atlantic. Everyone from Jessica Alba to David Cameron is tapping into chia mania. Seems like a much better way to get those brain-pumping omega-3s than having to neck fish oil.

  • 2/3 cup (160ml) almond or other milk
  • 3 tablespoons milled chia seeds
  • 1 block (200g) creamed coconut
  • 225g 70–85% dark chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (210g) coconut sugar
  • 1 cup (100g) ground almonds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • good pinch of sea salt flakes
  1. First up, make a chia ‘egg’ by mixing together the almond milk and milled chia seeds in a small
    bowl. It needs to soak for about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°F. Line a 20cm x 25cm tin with baking parchment to avoid mess and disappointment. (I recommend If You Care brand).
  3. In the meantime, slowly melt the solid block of coconut cream (including the oil on top of the block) with 200g of the dark chocolate in a small saucepan.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and coconut sugar together until frothy. Stir through the ground almonds and baking powder.
  5. Chop up the remaining 25g of chocolate and add it in. Now let the chocolate coconut ganache party with the batter.
  6. Finally, drop in your chia ‘egg’ and a pinch of sea salt flakes. Spoon this glossy gorgeousness into the lined tin. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until you see cracks along the top. Allow to cool in the tin. Best served chilled.
 Extracted from The Virtuous Tart by Susan Jane White. Like this? See all of our sweet and savoury recipes from Susan Jane and get her tips on making simply healthy food for the whole family in our interview.