Ayurvedic Recipe: Butterscotch Brownies

 Looking for a delicious candy alternative for your Vata Trick-or-Treaters? 


These Butterscotch Brownies are not only delicious but actually help to keep Vata dosha in balance (but not when eaten in excess)!


Preparation time: 30-40 minutes


VP- K+ (balancing for Vata and Pitta, unbalancing for Kapha)


  • 6 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 cup Sucanat 
  • 1/2 cup rice or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnut or coconut, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, raw (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Warm the ghee in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat. Stir in the Sucanat. It will get moist like brown sugar, but will not dissolve the way brown sugar would. Measure the flour and nuts into a mixing bowl and immediately str in the Sucanat-ghee mixture. Beat the egg in a separate small bowl and add in the vanilla to the egg. Add the baking powder and salt to the flour-Sucanat mixture, then combine the egg into the flour as well. Beat well. Spoon into an oiled 8 inch baking pan – if you want thicker brownies, you may not fill up the whole pan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle of the brownies comes out cleanly. Cool and cut.


Comments: This recipe is NOT for anyone looking to decrease kapha or ama (toxins from poorly digested food). Addictive and difficult to resist! You can use barley flour in this recipe; cut the ghee to 5 tablespoons and leave the flour at 1/2 cup. When doubling this rule, use two 8-inch square pans rather than one large pan, for best results. 


Source:  “The Ayurvedic Cookbook,” by Amadea Morningstar Available in our Bookstore!