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Skyr Swirled Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Thinking about new ways to use skyr in recipes for baked goods? Start with these Skyr Swirled Salted Fudge Brownies. A simple but decadent brownie with a sweet and tangy layer. Dense, gooey, and deliciously rich, these healthier treats are the best bites for the end of a long week.

The probiotics in kefir may help support a healthy gut, where 70-80 percent of the cells that make up the immune system are located. The live and active probiotic cultures found in kefir may help support digestion. We’ve discussed before how our brain and gut communicate with each other. Scientists previously thought there was a one-way communication between the brain and the gut, but now realize that it’s a two-way line. Basically, your gut, which is comprised of millions of neurons called the enteric nervous system, is also talking back to your brain.

To optimize the environment for probiotics, it’s recommended to consume an accompanying prebiotic. Synbiotics are foods or supplements that contain both prebiotics and probiotics. Don’t let the name intimidate you, it’s very simple. If you’re making kefir smoothies (a source of probiotics) or pouring it over granola and fruit (source of probiotics), you’re eating a synbiotic meal. Foods that contain prebiotics include fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Simply pair them with probiotic-rich foods like kimchi, miso, tempeh, or kefir.

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat an 8 inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. To prepare the skyr mixture, beat the farmer cheese and skyr in a small bowl until smooth. Mix in maple syrup.
  4. To prepare the brownies, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, egg whites, and vanilla.
  5. Stir in the skyr, mixing until no large lumps remain.
  6. Stir in the maple syrup. Mix in the flour mixture until well combined.
  7. Spread the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Put spoonfuls of the skyr mixture on top and spread it out into a thin layer.
  8. Bake at 300°F for 17-21 minutes (17 minutes= fudgiest brownies; 21 minutes = cakier brownies).
  9. Cool completely to room temperature in the pan before serving.
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