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.  

White Chocolate Brownies + Blueberries

These were almost raspberry brownies but we made a split decision at the market.  I think any kind of berry would be great in these.  

White Chocolate Berry Brownies

1 stick unsalted butter

8oz white chocolate (I like chips)

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup ap flour

3/4 cup fresh blueberries

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an eight inch square pan with foil or parchment paper and grease.  Set aside.

Place a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water.  Add butter and melt.  Add chocolate chips, and melt.  Remove from heat.  Mix in sugar and vanilla.  Beat in eggs.  Mix in salt and flour.  When well combined, fold in berries.  

Pour into prepared pan and bake until center of brownies are set and test clean, about 30 minutes.  

 

 

Detox Brownies

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I wasn't sure if I wanted to call these natural brownies, gluten free brownies, detox brownies, food cleanse brownies or paleo brownies.  I'm going with 'detox' because they are made with natural, minimally processed ingredients.  I've been making an effort recently to eat better but I still need a sweet treat every now and again.   

These are moist, almost cake like brownies that have a mild coconut flavor.  There's no added sugar, the medjool dates and dark chocolate provide enough sweetness.  

Almond meal/flour is made from almonds and can be found in most natural food and well stocked grocery stores.  Bob's Red Mill is probably the most easy to find brand and Trader Joe's carries one of their own as well.  

Makes 16 squares.  (117 calories each)

Detox Brownies

7 mendjool dates, pitted

pinch baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 oz dark chocolate, 85% of higher

2 eggs

1/3 cup coconut oil, warmed

3/4 cup almond meal/flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8" x 8" baking pan.  I like to line mine with lightly greased parchemnt paper for easy clean up.  

Place dates in small bowl and sprinkle with the pinch of baking soda.  Pour in hot water and let dates soak for 2 minutes.  Drain and set aside.  

Melt chocolate and process with softened dates in a food processor 1 to 2 minutes.  Add eggs, process 1 minute.  Add coconut oil, process 1 minute.  Add almond meal/flour, salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, process 2 minutes.  

Pour into prepared pan and spread around with a spatula to even out surface.  Place in oven and bake about 16 minutes.  A toothpick poked into the center will come out clean.  Cool about 1 hour.