Grain Free Brownies
Can they be Chocolatey, Delicious AND Grain Free?
My daughter recently asked me to make a low carb brownie and found this grain free brownie recipe on Pinterest.
Finally lovely daughter is on my healthier eating bandwagon, but this question comes to mind “what actually is healthy?”
I think this is a loaded question. When we think of healthy foods nutritious greens and proteins come to mind. In this modern world today low fat and low carb foods are now added to the healthy category.
Oh but wait, there’s more – in today’s world many of us have an intolerance to gluten or have some other type of food allergy. So can we say that if the “food fits” . . . ?
Let’s just say that eating what we enjoy is what matters so I’m always trying to make a few changes here and there to keep the balance of low carbs and low fat in check.
I’m always trying new recipes mostly in the “dessert” category. I’ve had many food fails so I was hoping for a win with this grain free brownie recipe from Delicious Obsessions Death By Chocolate Brownies recipe.
First I must admit that when I make a new recipe I always tweak it and never make it as written. This recipe is a bit different since my experience baking grain free has been a couple of cookie recipes. To be fair I thought I should not make any changes to this brownie recipe. So I made the recipe exactly as written and it came out perfect, or exactly as I thought a brownie should be. Hey, I’ve made regular brownies that were not so great, but this recipe was a ‘great’ brownie.
The first question my daughter asked me was would we taste the bananas and I had no idea. I use bananas often in recipes but they are usually titled ‘banana’ muffin, banana bread, etc. and of course you can taste the banana. In this recipe I thought the chocolate might be strong enough to hide the banana but I wasn’t sure. We really needed to taste it.
This brownie definitely has a banana flavor. If you enjoy banana flavor, then this grain free, gluten free brownie is for you.
I for one was not thrilled with the banana taste even though my daughter and grampy thought it was delicious and didn’t mind the banana flavor. For me, I love chocolate and did not want the banana to take away from the rich chocolate in this brownie. So I tweaked the recipe – no surprise.
The changes were small and did not take away the integrity of the recipe but for me they made a big difference. I used only 1/2 cup of mashed banana and added 1/2 cup of applesauce. I also used maple syrup in place of the honey, that is just my personal preference.
This is a very quick and easy recipe to make and in less than 45 minutes you will have a healthy and delicious brownie for dessert.
- ½ cup mashed banana
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 tbs. coconut milk
- ½ cup chocolate chips (I use 60% dark Chocolate Chips)
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- Add all ingredients into blender - EXCEPT baking soda - and puree until smooth. It's o.k. if some of the chocolate chips do not break up it's not a problem. (I used a high speed blender and it took about 12 seconds. A regular blender might take approx. 30 seconds.)
- Remove cover from container and add in the baking soda and pulse until well blended into the batter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared 8 x 8 pan and bake 30 minutes.
- Let cool in pan at least 20 minutes before cutting.
I made this recipe several times and after I left my 8×8 baking dish at my daughter’s I had to use a smaller size baking dish.
The result was that I had some left over batter which I added to a mini muffin pan. This gave me delicious brownie bites for snack.
This is a recipe to keep – for the unexpected guests who may be gluten free. It’s also a recipe that can easily be adapted for vegans.