Friday, January 22, 2016

Grain-Free Brownies

Happy FRIDAY!!!!

They're calling for A LOT of snow where I'm from~ and that means.... I need to making something YUMMY to have while Matt and I are snuggled up watching movies!!!  These brownies are GREAT~ ALL brownies are great, but these will give you some really awesome nutrients from all of the different ingredients, without the flour which a lot of us are trying to avoid!!

Enjoy! <3

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yield: 8 brownies
• Brownies:
• 11 regular, (non-Medjool)dates
• 2 teaspoons vanilla
• ¼ cup natural peanut butter (the kind with no added fat or sugar!)
• 2 tablespoons milk of choice
• ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
• 1 egg
• ¼ cup (25 grams) coconut flour
cup (38 grams) Dutch process cocoa powder
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• Frosting:
• 1½ tablespoons (21 grams) coconut oil
• ¼ cup (64 grams) natural peanut butter
• 2½ tablespoons (~12 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder
• 1 tablespoon (20 grams) honey

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9" x 5" loaf pan with a piece of parchment paper for easy removal of brownies. If you don't have parchment paper, you can spray the pan with baking spray.
2. In the bowl of your food processor fitted with the S-blade, process the dates until it becomes pasty. It'll be spreadable, but not a liquid.
3. Add the vanilla, peanut butter, milk and coconut oil and blend until homogeneous.
4. Add the egg and pulse just until combined. Do not over mix here!
5. Add the remaining ingredients (coconut flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder) and pulse once or twice to get it mostly combined, and then use a plastic spatula and finish mixing it in.
6. Bake the brownies for 10 – 12 minutes or just until the top appears set. If you press down into the brownies with your finger, they will be very, very soft.
7. Let cool completely before frosting.
8. For the frosting, melt the coconut oil, natural peanut butter and cocoa powder in a small pan over low heat. When completely melted and smooth, take the pan off the heat, add the honey and stir until well combined.
9. Frost the brownies and place the loaf pan back in the refrigerator to allow the frosting to set (to allow for easier cutting).
10. Once the frosting is set,...

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