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Healthy Chocolate Berry Fudge Brownie

I love a good brownie. While I usually stick to the traditional recipe of flour, sugar, butter, eggs, etc. I have always wanted to try something different. Introducing a healthy version for Chocolate Berry Fudge Brownie, from Nadia Lim’s latest cookbook, Fresh Start. The secret ingredient in these brownies are black beans! At first, I was a bit skeptical of not having flour in my brownie, but Nadia says in her book: “This brownie contains a secret ingredient that makes it so much healthier than other brownies (as well as gluten free). You’ll never believe it, but black beans make a great substitute to flour in baking – the end result is a moist, fudgy chocolate brownie (that you could never tell contained beans). You’ll have to make it to believe it!” And she is right! The brownie tastes great. You would never believe that there are black beans in there, and the texture is fudgy and moist. I would describe the inside as being like a set chocolate mousse, as opposed to the firm …

Little Bird Unbakery

Earlier this year, Little Bird Organics announced that they would be opening a third unbakery in Britomart. I was really excited about this as I work in the CBD, which makes it more convenient to get my raw/vegan/health food fix during the working week – bonus! They are serving the same dishes as their Ponsonby and Kingsland stores, just a smaller selection. For breakfast, you’ll find chia bircher muesli, chia bowls, raw bagels, and even mousse! For lunch, think pad thai, bibimbap and bird bowls. And last but not least, their amazing raw vegan desserts – slices, cheesecakes, cookies and tarts. The only difference is that everything is served in takeaway containers. As well as their delicious food, they are also serving their new range of cold pressed juices, plus nut milks and tonics. These are all bottled, so are easy to grab while on the run! You can also purchase a range of their goodies, including their raw macaroons (so so good), homemade ‘grawnola’ and savoury crackers. I visited early one morning in search …

The Caker aka Jordan Rondel

  [Jordan Rondel aka The Caker + her sister, Anouk]  I have a very fond memory of when I first tried one of Jordan Rondel’s cakes. It was early 2013, and the High Street Market was on at Freyburg Square. As soon as the clock struck 1pm, I rushed down to the square, determined to try only one thing: cake. Ever since devouring a slice of Jordan’s Dark Chocolate, Pear + Pistachio cake that day, I have been following her journey ever since. The same year, Jordan released her first cookbook titled ’50 New and Unusual Recipes’ and yes, her creations are interesting, but they work. What I love about Jordan’s cakes (and other delights) is that you won’t find anything similar in Auckland. They are also not your usual carrot cake, banana cake or simple chocolate cake. For example, in her book you will find recipes such as a ‘Rhubarb + Black Doris Plum cake’, ‘Vegan Triple Coconut + Raspberry cake’, ‘Sweet + Salty Potato Chip Cookies’ and ‘Raw Hazelnut + Chai Brownies’. Her aim is to use organic ingredients and some of her cakes are vegan, dairy and gluten …