It’s a basic truth of life – sometimes you just need a brownie! Nothing fulfills a chocolate craving better than a rich, fudgy square of brownie deliciousness. Fortunately, brownies are one of the easiest recipes to “healthify”. You don’t even need flour to make these scrumptious, naturally sweetened brownies.
This simple recipe, consisting of only five easy-to-find ingredients, is perfect to keep on hand for when chocolate cravings strike. You’re only thirty minutes away from a pan of gluten-free brownies that everyone will enjoy. They’re even a good source of protein since one batch includes four whole eggs.
Coconut sugar is a natural sweetener that is less processed than white sugar and rich in naturally occurring vitamins and minerals. It’s available at most major grocery stores now and has a flavor similar to sucanat or dark brown sugar. It adds complexity and depth to this recipe and accents the chocolate flavor. If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, you can cut the quantity down to ¾ cup without missing it.
Unsweetened chocolate is an excellent source of fiber and minerals like iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese. It’s one of the best natural sources of antioxidants and it can help promote cardiovascular health. It can even improve brain function and protect your skin from the negative effects of the sun! Cocoa beans are an amazing food and dark chocolate is the ideal dessert for anyone who is health conscious and interested in maintaining mineral and nutrient balance in the body. Recipes like this one that are free of refined sugars and grains are the ideal way to consume dark chocolate (other than simply eating a small square each day!).
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If you don’t have coconut sugar, white sugar or brown sugar will work too.If you have access to it, vanilla bean paste (or a fresh vanilla bean) adds more flavor than vanilla extract.Use the best quality chocolate that you can find for the best tasting brownies.For dairy-free brownies, sub coconut oil, palm shortening or vegetable shortening for the butter.For mint brownies, add 2-6 drops peppermint essential oil. For orange brownies, add 2 drops orange essential oil. Almond extract, caramel extract, butter rum extract, or banana extract would all create delicious versions too.
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