Sunday, April 6, 2014

paleo brownies, for breakfast.

this morning's breakfast
brought to you by,  last night's dessert
Last night I had a hankering for brownies. You know the "gotta have 'em",, gooey, super-chocolatey brownies.  Since I don't have a "go-to" recipe for brownies, I'm always willing to try something new in this department.  This time I followed a recipe from a recently discovered Paleo blog, Paleo Newbie.  I am not strictly "paleo" by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm always happy to forgo processed ingredients, and this recipe does just that.  These Mudflat Brownies are so easy to make, and they are absolutely delicious.  I'm sorry I don't have more pictures, but hadn't planned on blogging about these,  until I tasted how good they were! 

Paleo Mudflat Brownies
-adapted from Paleo Newbie

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (we used Enjoy Life brand)
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup Medjool dates, puréed -  I didn't have dates in my pantry,  so I substituted 1 banana, and 1 apple, and everything turned out just fine. 
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup- Grade B is best if you have it.
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs coconut flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (additional to what is above) - but only if you're looking for a little double chocolate action here....

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine banana, apple, and maple syrup in a food processor ( or blender ).  Set aside.
  • In a large bowl ( or stand mixer) mix eggs and vanilla.   
  • Add the fruit and syrup mixture to the eggs,  and mix thoroughly.  It should be a fairly liquid ( slightly slimey- sorry) consistency.
  • Add the almond butter, and continue to mix on medium speed.
  • Combine the coconut flour, cinnamon, salt, and soda first, before slowly adding it to the batter.
  • Melt the chocolate chips, and coconut oil - I prefer to use a double broiler so to avoid scorching the chocolate.
  • Add the melted chocolate mixture to the batter, and mix until combined into a thick chocolatey batter.
  • Grease a brownie pan ( I used 7"X11" pan) with coconut oil and pour the batter into the pan.
  • Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes
  • It's ok to enjoy these w. non-paleo icecream :)  Which is what we did last night :)

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