I love connecting with fellow bloggers! My friend Michelle from Purely Moms was awesome enough to write a guest post for me and share this amazing recipe for chocolate almond butter brownies. It is really in line with my own hopes to keep making delectable bites without all the junk. Here’s what she had to say about them!
I am a pastry chef that loves sugar and chocolate. There, I said it. Lately, I’ve made a switch with my baking to more goodies that are either gluten free, dairy free, or dare I say sugar free? My hopes are to keep creating yummy confections without so much of the junk. This brownie recipe was plucked from the sky and set in my lap. I can’t take credit for it nor, can I give credit. I have no idea where this recipe came from except from a friend’s lips. I figure that it’s just a gift from the pastry gods. I was intrigued by it because it’s a gluten free brownie without any flour in the batter. The brownies have a nice thick almond butter that replaces the flour and gives a good amount of protein. I also like that the fat used is coconut oil instead of a vegetable or canola. Coconut oil has so many amazing qualities. It has been known to help with your digestion and metabolism. Yes, you heard me right. Eat these delicious double chocolate brownies and it will help your metabolism. Well, kind of…they still have chocolate and some honey. When used in moderation, coconut oil could be converted to energy rather than stored as fat. It has tremendous amounts of antioxidants and helps with immunity. I consider it good oil and like to substitute it whenever possible. Just make sure that it’s USDA Organic unrefined, unbleached, and made without heat processing or chemicals. I also used honey in the recipe, but maple syrup would be a great choice too. Honey is considered a “functional food.” It has many health benefits and doesn’t cause a sugar spike which is always a plus. I couldn’t be happier with how these brownies turned out. I have served them to two friends and a chef husband. They all wanted the recipe and came back for seconds! They were almost cakey at first but then after a day or two they became gooey and even more yummy.
Michelle is a trained pastry chef and mother of two. Her journey of sweets became a community built upon balance, laughter, and the knowledge to “go pure” in our daily lives. After having her children, she started finding passion in making more nutrient dense foods or taking familiar recipes and turning them gluten free. Her hope is to help others understand “real” food and how the diet can affect every area of our body and mind. Her blog purelymoms.com is a wonderful community with parenting stories, tips and amazing recipes. Be sure to check out her full blog and connect with Purely Moms on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/purelymoms! Thanks so much Michelle for the wonderful post and recipe! The handy printable is just below, friends.
- 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix together the coconut and honey with a hand mixer or you can use a stand mixer. Add the eggs in next and beat them in. Then add the almond butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt and baking soda. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts if using.
- Prepare an 8 x 8 baking dish by greasing it well. Pour the batter in and smooth it out to be even. Bake the brownies for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out cleanly.
- Take the the brownies out and let them cool completely, then just cut into the desired sized squares and serve!