Updated: Aug 4
Are you someone who loves the planet and the environment? If yes, then do you do
everything possible to lead a more sustainable lifestyle to cause as little harm as possible to the planet? You probably carry your cloth bags for shopping, have switched to a bamboo
toothbrush, take the public transport instead of a private vehicle, carry a water bottle and
refill it when required. What if I told you that apart from all of these habits, there is one
lifestyle change that is not relatively easy to make, but if done even to a small extent, can
reduce your carbon footprint drastically?
The food we eat has a bigger impact on planet earth than most other things that we do. The
choices we make with our food and what we put on our plates for meals can either worsen or help the situation with water scarcity, water pollution, deforestation, species extinction,
habitat destruction, and carbon emissions. We must try and shorten our food chain as much as possible.
This can be done by starting our own vegetable and fruit garden, signing up for local community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs or by going to the farmers market
instead of buying from a supermarket/ordering from e-commerce platforms.
Switching to a plant-based diet will help us reduce the negative impacts on our planet. We
must keep an open mind to trying vegan foods; they might just surprise you. Let go of the
notion that plant-based foods are bland or tasteless, try and make the transition towards a
planet-friendly lifestyle. Start small and don't be hard on yourself. Cut down meat and dairy. intake to only two or three days a week and gradually reduce it to occasionally or none at all. Always know that it is completely okay if you have slip-ups, we are only human.
Here is a recipe to help you get started -
You will need:
¼ cup (or pulp of one half of a whole) of avocado
¼ cup coconut/ sunflower/ vegetable/any neutral Oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup of cocoa powder
3/4 cup of jaggery (sweetener)
1tsp of baking soda
½ tsp of baking powder
½ tsp salt
¾ cup of plant milk
➔ Mash the avocado in a bowl.
➔ Add the milk, oil and jaggery. Combine well.
➔ Mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add it to the wet mixture. Mix well.
➔ Grease your baking pan well, pour in the mixture and put it in an oven pre-heated to
190° C for about 20-25 minutes or until the centre is cooked (insert a toothpick/ knife
to check if it is baked).
➔ Take the brownie out of the baking pan and let it cool on a rack. The delicious
brownies are ready to serve!
You can top the batter with chocolate chunks, walnuts or any other seeds or nuts that you
would like before baking.
You can also enjoy these with some ice-cream, chocolate fudge or chocolate syrup. I topped
it off with some ganache made with dark chocolate and some coconut cream.
To make the brownies gluten-free, you can add almond flour or chickpea flour instead of
whole wheat flour.
To make the brownies fudgy: Reduce the flour by 1-2 tbsp
To make the brownies caky: Increase the flour by 1-2 tbsp
You can also use all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour.
Jaggery can be replaced with sugar.
A variety of plant milk can be used in the recipe, Almond, oat, cashew, or soy.