Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"better for you" brownies


A while back Nick had his friend from Seattle come down. This friend was super health conscious. He would get visibly upset when he missed his meals at whatever designated time they were suppose to occur. Apples smeared with peanut butter anyone? Well during that time I had some fun. I got to make healthy treats that not just I would eat. But then again, Nick decided he wanted to eat it too - which left little for me usually. This guy will seriously buy 5 apples and have them rot, but if you cut up some apples, arrange it on  a plate with some yogurt mixed with cinnamon then hey! - you better make sure you make enough for him to demolish over half of that plate alongside his best friend - because suddenly, he's into that kind of thing. 

But you should have known that already. You really really should have. 

Well back to the brownies here. I was craving something sweet but I wanted to make something we would all feel good about it eating. It was easier to be more health aware when he was here because I wasn't the only one in this boat, he was too - which meant Nick wanted to hop on board as well. So after a few glasses of cheap Trader Joe's wine, I came up with this recipe. I posted it to an app called Snapguide and got almost 8.5K views and also got some mixed reviews. Well mostly good reviews actually, but there was this one (we'll call her girl) girl who told me "this was easily one of the worse recipes she's ever attempted to make" - or something along those lines - she told me it became one huge ball - I honestly do not know how that could have happened - but my thoughts and prayers are out to her - because she did something very wrong. I mean, the pictures above show that I did not come up with some huge ball, and hey - I was a little drunk too. 


This recipe is so easy - even a drunk person could do it.

Better for you brownies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Almond Flour (Trader Joes $4.00)
  • 1 Banana (preferably very ripe)
  • 3/4 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 4 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions:

  1. In a medium size bowl, add honey and dark chocolate cocoa powder.
  2. Gently mix. It won't fully combine, but that's okay.
  3. Heat your banana in the microwave for one minute.
  4. Add into your mixing bowl.
  5. Mix thoroughly. Heating the banana helps extract natural sugars and also makes it easier to mix by gently heating the honey but not enough to burn the chocolate.
  6. Add your vanilla extract, baking powder, salt and coconut oil. Mix well.
  7. Add almond flour. Mix well.
  8. Lastly, add your egg, mix until incorporated.
  9. Line an 8x8 brownie pan with parchment paper, you want the paper to come up the sides as well for easy removal.
  10. Pour batter into pan and give it a gently shake to even out. Bake in the oven at 325 for 25 - 30 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out with slightly gooey - but not liquidy - brownie.
  11. Let cool before removing from pan and cutting. These brownies are rich and have a mild banana flavor. They taste like a brownie but are full of better for you ingredients.
Tips/Alternatives: For moist brownies bake for 25 minutes. For moist but firm brownies bake for 35 minutes. I have made this and cut back the almond flour to 1 cup and made very moist brownies too. Add almonds, pecans or walnuts. Sprinkle with coconut or even chia seeds. Try leaving out the egg for your vegan friend - thicken up the batter for cookies maybe? Be creative! This recipe is pretty moist so you could probably go without the coconut oil, and egg as long as you use the banana. You could even cut the honey down to 1/2 a cup.

4 comments:

  1. Those brownies look amazing and thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  2. These look fabulous! I'm going to have to try them out!

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  3. These brownies look delicious! It's so awesome that they're also health-conscious :D

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