Flourless, sugar-free, delicious brownies
Who says healthy treats have to be boring and taste like cardboard? Not on my watch!!! I recently discovered a delicious flourless brownie recipe that’s made with simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now. The recipe is from the book, The Essential Thyroid Cookbook.
Many people are trying to cut back on processed carbs and sugar, so you’re in luck. Both contribute to weight gain, raising blood sugar levels, mood swings, fatigue, brain fog, headaches, and a higher risk of other health concerns.
The main ingredient in these brownies is almond butter which is just ground roasted almonds which are loaded with many beneficial nutrients. Almond butter contains vitamins E, minerals like calcium and magnesium, and several high-performing antioxidants.
Another heavy-hitting benefit is its share of Omega-3 fatty acids which support heart health. Almonds are also good for bone health and can help control blood sugar.
Cocoa powder also contains antioxidants and many minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It's best to buy organic cocoa or cacao powder to avoid some unwanted minerals.
This recipe calls for one of my favorite sweeteners, pure 100% maple syrup. My other favorite sweeteners include raw, unrefined honey (local, if possible), unrefined coconut sugar, soaked dates, molasses, ripe bananas, and unsweetened applesauce.
Coconut oil, for greasing pan
1 cup packed almond butter
1⁄4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or organic cacao powder
1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or ghee 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄4 cup walnuts, chopped
1⁄4 cup dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish with oil.
2. Place almond butter, cocoa powder, egg, maple syrup, melted oil or ghee, vanilla, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on medium speed for 30-60 seconds until the ingredients are well combined. Using spatula, scrape batter out of the bowl and spread evenly in the pan. Sprinkle walnuts, chocolate chips, and cacao nibs evenly over the top, gently pressing into batter until partially covered.
3. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly for 5 minutes before cutting into 12-16 brownies. They will continue to firm up as they cool.
I didn’t use cacao nibs but you also add shredded coconut, white chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips.
These brownies keep very well and will make the perfect snack or dessert to have on hand or take to your next gathering. You won't want to buy a box mix ever again.
Are you looking for more healthy recipes? Leave me a comment.