Guiltless Almond Butter Brownies

Guiltless Almond Butter Brownies

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16 brownies
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Prep Time

10 minutes
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Cook Time

25 minutes

When I want a decadent treat, I usually turn to something that contains chocolate. And nothing is better than a chewy, fudgy brownie. Dark chocolate is actually a powerful food that can boost our mood and relax thanks to its high content of minerals, antioxidants, and feel-good phytonutrients, but in most brownies, those benefits are ruined with refined sugar and flour. In these brownies, we highlight rich cacao powder with other nutrient-dense ingredients to produce a treat you can enjoy in good health.

Ingredients

Brownies:

  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds (mixed with 6 tablespoons of water)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided 
  • 1 cup almond butter 
  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup cassava flour
  • ¼ cup cacao powder, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt

Optional Topping

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 ounces 100% cacao chocolate bar, unsweetened 
  • Pinch of Maldon salt 

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C and line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper. Grease with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and set aside.
  2. Combine the flax seeds with water and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix almond butter and coconut sugar together, until incorporated, then add the vanilla extract, maple, and flax/water mixture. Mix until combined. 
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Fold it all together and stir until no lumps remain. The mix should be sticky. 
  5. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared oiled baking pan, it will be very thick. Use the remaining 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to grease another sheet of parchment paper. Place the oiled parchment paper on top of the batter and press with your hands to spread the batter evenly until completely flattened. 
  6. Remove the top piece of parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes, or until inserting a toothpick into the center comes out clean. 
  7. Wait 15 minutes until the brownies are cooled, then cut into squares.
  8. For an optional topping, melt the coconut oil with chocolate and drizzle over the brownies. Then sprinkle with a pinch of Maldon salt and enjoy! 

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C and line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper. Grease with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and set aside.

Combine the flax seeds with water and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, mix almond butter and coconut sugar together, until incorporated, then add the vanilla extract, maple, and flax/water mixture. Mix until combined.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Fold it all together and stir until no lumps remain. The mix should be sticky. 

Pour the brownie batter into the prepared oiled baking pan, it will be very thick. Use the remaining 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to grease another sheet of parchment paper. Place the oiled parchment paper on top of the batter and press with your hands to spread the batter evenly until completely flattened. 

Remove the top piece of parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes, or until inserting a toothpick into the center comes out clean. 

Wait 15 minutes until the brownies are cooled, then cut into squares.

For an optional topping, melt the coconut oil with chocolate and drizzle over the brownies. Then sprinkle with a pinch of Maldon salt and enjoy!

 Nutritional analysis (per brownie): calories 162.6, total fat 11.2g, saturated fat 2.4g, cholesterol 0mg, fiber 2.6g, protein 3.9g, carbohydrate 14g, sodium 30.6mg, sugars 8.7g

 

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