Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Comfy Belly's Coconut Flour Brownies

My kids are off today because their school is being used as a polling station; as such every year the 5th grade runs an Election Day bake sale to raise money for the 5th grade yearbooks. I often volunteer to bake for school events, and was especially pleased that this year a request was specifically made for allergy-friendly contributions.

I'm not going to take credit for this one, as most of my own grain-free brownie recipes to date have incorporated nuts. Erica from Comfy Belly's coconut flour recipe, however, omits nuts, refined sugar and gluten/grains. 

These are not an overly fudgy brownie, but have a nice cake texture with a good crumble. I used granular stevia rather than honey because the request was for sugar-free goods; I do think maple syrup or honey might yield most moist results.

Added bonus: Erica offers up all sorts of different tweaks if you'd rather have a fudgier end result. I went with the cake-like texture because they'd be easier to wrap and pack up for the bake sale.

If you're looking for a healthier baked good to make for both paleo and non-paleo eaters, give this one a go! 

Coconut Flour Brownies 

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
5 eggs
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
3/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup (or 1/2 cup granular sweetener)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbs. coconut milk 

Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk the coconut flour, salt, and cocoa powder until they are well blended.

In a separate bowl mix the eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil milk, and vanilla until well blended. Combine the cocoa mixture and egg mixture and blend well with a mixer or food processor.

Let the batter sit for a few minutes, then mix again. Grease the bottom and sides of a square baking pan.

Spread the batter evenly in the pan, using a spatula to smooth the top.

Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the brownies comes out clean

Cool completely before removing from pan.

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