Brownies! Yummy, Vegan Brownies!

I had some bananas that were just begging to be mashed up, stirred into batter and baked. They were almost over ripe - spotted to the point of being about completely brown and incredibly sweet.  Conveniently, I was also having a craving for brownies but really wanted to stick to something on the healthier side.  

So I came up with these:  gluten free, low sugar, vegan, dark chocolate, fudge style brownies. They don't have that crackly top normal brownies do but, hey, nobody's perfect.  They taste damn good.  

Vegan, Gluten free Brownies

4 oz unsweetened chocolate

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 super ripe bananas, mashed

1/4 cup raw sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup almond meal

sea salt, optional

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 8 x 8" pan with foil or parchment paper, lightly oil.  Set aside.

Melt chocolate and stir in coconut oil.  Stir in mashed banana and sugar.  Add vanilla and almond meal.  Stir until all is well combined.  (Since there's no gluten, you can stir as much as you like.)  Pour into prepared pan, spread evenly.  Lightly sprinkle with seas salt, if desired. Bake 20 minutes or until set in center. Cool before cutting.  

Strawberry Banana Biscuits

My new breakfast!  Probably good other parts of the day, too.  I think biscuit is my new favorite word.  

I've been wanting to make these forever but was procrastinating working on a recipe but today, I woke up feeling energized, needing to bake and craving biscuits.  A winning combination. The outcome being these tender biscuits that are a bit sweet, fruity with a hint of banana and bites of fresh strawberry.  

Makes about 16 biscuits (2.5") 

Strawberry Banana Biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

1 cup well mashed banana (about 1 large)

1/3 cup sliced strawberries

1/3 cup buttermilk (more or less)

Heat oven to 450 degrees.  Lightly grease baking tray.  Set aside.

Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.  Add cold butter, work into flour with fingers until butter pieces are very small but visible.  Stir in banana and strawberries.  Slowly add buttermilk until dough comes together.  It will be slightly sticky.  Adjust with more flour or more buttermilk, as needed.  Give it a couple quick kneads.  

On a floured surface, flatten dough to 1/2" thick.  Use a 2-3 inch sized biscuit cutter or drinking glass to cut biscuits.  (Dip in flour if it starts to stick.  Arrange biscuits on tray.  Bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.  (The best way to check is to pick one up off the tray, turn it over and look for a nice toasty, color and texture.)