Wouldn't change it though! There is something wonderful about waking up early and getting those early morning cuddles that start the day off in such a wonderful way. 'The early bird catches the worm' is such a true saying - it's amazing how much more you feel you have achieved in a day when the day starts at the crack of dawn!
I have to give due credit though to the wonders of daylight savings. This morning the kids slept until 7.30....yes, you did read correctly and that is not a typo! I of course (because this is one of the untold wonders of parenthood) woke up at 6, and spent the time aimlessly doing nothing because I kept expecting the kids to wake up 'any second'! All the parents out there will know those days - when the kids finally sleep in, and for some hideous unknown reason you are awake with the birds and cannot even enjoy that extra hour of sleep no matter how hard you try because, just to spite you, you all of a sudden have been blessed with boundless energy on this given day that is never never ever present on the days that the kids are up with the birds as well. Just another one of life's unsolved mysteries!!
Right, ummm, where was I? Ok so Kumara Brownies! Nothing to do with daylight saving, or the oddities of parenting, but they are as a side not a great way to sneak some vegetables into those early rising little blessings that are the children. These brownies not only taste AMAZING but they are gluten-free, optionally dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free and free of refined sugar. They are moist and wonderfully chocolatey, and dangerously easy to eat! If you are looking for a tasty treat for the weekend then look no further.
I can't take all the credit for these ones though - I found the inspiration at eatdrinkpaelo.com.au. Made a couple of variations, mostly just because of what I had available in the pantry! The most notable change was to change from white to orange kumara. The nutritional profile of of an orange kumara is so much greater than the standard white ones (with the purple skins). If you can, aim to use the orange or gold where possible. I also happen to think they taste heaps better too, but that is just personal choice!
1 orange kumara, peeled and grated
2 eggs (I use size 7, lightly beaten)
2 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut sugar (you could just use 1/2 a cup of honey or half a cup of coconut sugar if you don't have both options available)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup butter (you can just use 1/2 cup coconut oil if you want totally dairy free, or 1/4 cup of coconut oil and 1/4 cup apple sauce for a lower fat version)
1 heaped TBSP baking powder
1/2 TBSP baking soda
1 cup cocoa powder
2 TSBP coconut flour
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a square cake pan with baking paper.
2. In a large bowl, add the kumara, eggs and vanilla essence. Mix to combine
3. In a small saucepan, over a low heat, melt coconut oil, butter, honey and coconut sugar until just melted. Allow to cool slightly.
4. Add melted ingredients to the large bowl. Sift in the cocoa, baking powder and baking soda. Mix to combine.
5. Add the coconut flour, and mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
6. Pour mixture into the prepared cake pan (you may need to use a spatula and flatten it down, as it is a fairly thick mixture).
7. Place in the oven and cook for around 25-30 minutes or until no longer wobbly in the centre
8. Remove from oven and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan. Allow to cool, then cut into 5cm squares (or just grab a fork and dig in when it's still hot....YUM!)
Sneaky bonus ingredient: I had about 2 rows of dark chocolate leftover in the pantry, and I added it to the saucepan while I was melting the oil and sugar. This was just my little sneaky treat, and it added a little bit of depth of chocolateyness but can just as easily be left out. If you wanted to make this a little more decadent you could also drizzle melted chocolate over the top when the brownie has cooled