A few days ago, I had some eggs and half of an avocado for dinner, but I still wanted something more afterwards. Something chocolatey… and then brownies came to mind. I realized that I had not tried to make brownies or even eat brownies since I started the Paleo diet. Whhhat??
I immediately decided to create some fudgy brownies… I figured why not use that other half of the avocado that I didn’t eat earlier. This turned out to be a great decision. I was so happy with the chocolatey deliciousness that resulted that I kept singing to myself, “Can you take me to…brownie town!?” haha
They are pretty versatile in that they taste great both warm and cold. I honestly can’t even decide what is better. If you let them cool first and then put the pan in the fridge for a bit, it is easier to cut them. But it’s totally up to you… and whether you can wait that long to eat them.
I brought a bunch to a girls night at my friend’s house. I always like to test out my paleo baked goods with non-paleo people to make sure that they taste as good as my potentially biased taste-buds may think. Well, they were a hit! Especially because they are made without any butter in them.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to have delicious non-processed brownies… especially ones that don’t have a stick of butter in them and are made of chocolate that’s dairy-free and gluten-free( Enjoy Life chocolate). Now if only I had an ice-cream maker so that I could make Paleo coconut milk ice-cream…
I could just stare at these all day. And if you love blackforest cake, or cherries and chocolate together in general, check out these Paleo Black Forest Brownies.
- 4 Tbs melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup (2 ounces) + ½ cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips (separated) (I use the Enjoy Life Brand because it's dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free and gluten-free)
- 4 Tbs of mashed avocado, this was ½ of an avocado for me
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup honey
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour ( I use the Nutiva Organic, it's the best quality and deal that I've found)
- ¼ cup all natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease an 8x8 pan with coconut oil.
- Put 4 Tbs of melted coconut oil into a bowl and add ¼ cup of chocolate chips into it.
- Place the bowl holding the coconut oil and chocolate chips over a pan of boiling hot water. Mix until the chocolate is melted and remove from heat. (You can also microwave for 30-60 seconds). Whisk the chocolate and coconut oil together.
- In large bowl #1, put the mashed avocado and the melted chocolate/coconut butter mixture inside and whisk both together. Add the eggs, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla to the bowl and whisk until the mixture thickens and everything is well mixed.
- In bowl #2, mix the flour, salt, cocoa powder, and cinnamon together.
- Pour the dry ingredients from bowl #2 into the chocolate bowl #1 and mix with a fork or whisk until everything is just mixed.
- Fold in ½ cup of chocolate chips.
- Cook for 30 minutes (a tooth pick should come out clean, but the mixture will still look wet/moist)
- Let cool before cutting.