Our Trader Joe's run last summer netted 2 bags of Almond Meal and we had a hankering for something slightly sweet, thoroughly decadent, but were determined to stay on our eating program. Yup. The eating program again!
The goal was to make brownies with almond flour, a gluten free, casein free treat, using what we had. The desire was to make something low carb, LOW sugar, no atrocious sweeteners, that was GAPS diet, Paleo/Primal friendly, without the worldview. Do you make this sort of effort to cook? We do!
As I poked around the web, I found my favorite NEW site, the one and only Elana's Pantry. I love her site and fell head over heels with the picture of her Easy Gluten Free Black and White Cake, only the dark chocolate chips and the white chocolate chips in it would put us over the stratosphere sugar wise. White chocolate was out, but the rest of it was do-able, almost. Still wanting to cut that sugar farther, I determined to delve into my Christmas chocolate supply, and substitue the Green and Black Organic Chocolate Bars, using one at 70% chocolate and another at 85%, along with some stevia to bring up the sweetness.
The result, our Fudgy Rich Brownies with Almond Flour - GF CF
- 1 1/2 Green and Black 70-85% Chocolate Bar, 3.5 oz size chopped (OR 1 cup of dark chocolate chips)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 10 drops vanilla stevia
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1/4 cups almond flour (I used Trader Joe's Almond Meal)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch round stone or small cake pan and set aside.
Measure out dry ingredients, almond flour, salt and baking soda, stir and set aside.
In a small saucepan, over low heat, add the coconut milk and chocolate. Gently melt the chocolate bars, stirring frequently. Add 10 drops vanilla stevia. This is a beautiful mix it is hard not to stop right there!
Keep stirring until thoroughly melted.
Take off heat, stir in beaten eggs, incorporating fully. You do not want to scramble the eggs at this point, so make sure it is not too hot.
Stir in the dry almond flour mix, completely mixing. At this point, it is good to taste again, and adjust the stevia a final time, if you can handle sampling raw eggs. Add drops 3 at a time until you get to desired sweetness. This is not a super sweet recipe, keep that in mind! It is a luscious, deep, rich chocolately flavor.
Pour brownie mixture into prepared pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Let cool briefly, and enjoy!
Fudgy Rich Brownies with Almond Flour - GF CF are absolutely WONDERFUL! Thick, rich, fudgy and missing the gritty texture I expected almond flour to give them.
Surprisingly enough, Fudgy Rich Brownies with Almond Flour were even better the next day! A delightful, protein rich snack, perfect with a steaming hot cup of strong coffee, with a swirl of coconut cream.
A huge thank you to Elana for figuring out the base of this recipe! Can't wait to try more of her recipes!
Recipe and photography by Lisa Baughn, www.ThePrudentWife.com