I might be on this diet but I am NOT giving up chocolate. On a side note, I’ve seen some significant improvement so I’ll be sticking with this whole health-kick-thingy. Luckily for me, there are plenty of recipes that are big on chocolate flavor that do not use refined sugar (hello, Pinterest). Also, Costco has dark chocolate covered “super fruits” that are just about the greatest thing ever. Seriously, try them.
This recipe for brownies was my first foray into the whole “Paleo” dessert realm. I must say, they are pretty darn good. Having said that, give them a day. The first day you bake these they aren’t all that great. They are even better chilled so I keep mine in the fridge. Even if you aren’t into the whole Paleo-thing these have avocados in them so basically they are a health food. I found this recipe at The Not So Desperate Housewife; without Pinterest I’d be living on baked chicken and broccoli.
- 4 oz Baking Chocolate (unsweetened or semi-sweet)
- 1 T Coconut Oil
- 2 Large Avocados, pureed
- 1/2 c Maple Syrup
- 1/4 c Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 T Vanilla
- 1 T Coconut Flour (I have also used almond flour/meal)
- 3 Eggs
- 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/2 t Salt
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave (stirring at 30 second intervals); allow to cool. Fold in avocados. Add the rest of the ingredients. In a recipe with flour I would say fold everything until just incorporated but this doesn’t have gluten in it so stir to your heart’s content/the batter is smooth. Pour mixture into a prepared 8×8 pan (personally I’m a big fan of just lining with parchment paper). Bake 30 minutes. Allow brownies to cool before removing from pan. Again, I keep mine in the fridge but that’s a personal preference.