Sometimes, a girl's just gotta have a brownie.
I have a…a thing for them. Brownies and I go way back… I've licked many a spoonful of batter with great delight after popping the pan into the oven. I've shared them over mochas with my sister in times of emotional strife. I've enjoyed them straight from the pan with my dad and my brother while we wax philosophic and laugh about just about anything.
I mean, brownies are so amazing in their perfect combination of baked good and chocolate and balance of flavors- not to mention that have that ridiculously wicked I-so-should-not-be-eating-this edge to them.
Not just any brownie will do, though. It needs to be fudgy, rich, decadent, taste sinfully delicious yet totally paleo-riffic.
I was a little hesitant to give paleo brownies a try. I mean, the real thing is so good…could anything possibly come close?
I should have known that Juli at PaleOMG wouldn't let me down.
I've tweaked Juli's recipe just a tiny bit for ease and convenience. I melted chocolate chips and coconut oil together in the microwave and added them to my dates in the food processor. I was out of figs, and figured these would substitute fairly well (and they did!). Melting the coconut oil and chips and adding them to the dried fruit really helps it break down easily, and fast.
Since I already had a sink full of dishes, I didn't bother whisking the eggs first before adding them to the mix with the rest of the ingredients. It didn't really save me all that much work, but I felt better about it.
It's the little things.
I filled my silicone muffin liners about half full of the super-thick brownie batter, and pressed a chocolate chip into the top of them, because extra chocolate is never a bad thing.
Really, this photo could work for both the before and after baking picture…you can't tell the difference! If you want your brownies to have a smooth top, you'll have to use damp fingers to smooth and pat the batter into place before baking. What yyou see when you put them in the oven is what you get when you pull them out- almond flour doesn't rise like all-purpose flour does! I've had very good luck baking this in an 8×8 pan, also, but the same thing applies. If you want it pretty, make sure it looks good before it goes int he oven.
Oh, so yum.
PaleOMG Fudgy Brownies
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
1 1/2 cup dried figs (or dates)
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
6 tablespoons coconut flour
3 eggs, whisked
1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Puree your figs or dates with the melted coconut oil in your food processor until they have broken down evenly.
Next add your melted chocolate chips and eggs and mix well.
Add coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix together.
Fill silicone muffin tin liners halfway with the very thick brownie batter, or dump into an 8×8 greased pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Let cool before eating…they honestly taste even better the second day around!
Recipe Source- PaleOMGPin It