With a pretty much insatiable appetite for everything these days, I was so excited when a friend emailed me the link to a fabulous gluten-free brownie recipe from Left on Amelia via Elana's Pantry. This friend is also pregnant, so I was thrilled to try it out after her rave reviews!
They're pretty genius (not to mention delicious). You take a whole 16-ounce jar of almond butter and mix it with a few other more traditional brownie ingredients and bake it for a while. What you get is a super decadent, creamy, gooey, fudgey brownie that doesn't contain any flour, refined sugar, dairy, or weird junk.
While in London, we made the brownies using the ingredients we could find in a nearby Tesco for a family dinner (peanut butter instead of almond butter, golden syrup instead of maple syrup). The results weren't quite as gooey and creamy, so I'd really recommend sticking to the ingredients below - even if that means tracking them down online or at a specialty store.
Almond Butter vs Peanut Butter
While both contain a good source of monounsaturated fats, almonds are far more nutritious, containing plenty of vitamin E, calcium and magnesium, as well as many other minerals. They are also a great source of fiber and protein - I'm sure you've seen the many health articles telling you to snack on almonds. However, when it comes to nut butters, almond is my number one choice, especially if it's a natural product (an easy way to determine this is if the ingredients list contains 1 or 2 items: almonds and maybe salt). However, if you love peanut butter, there is still a way to enjoy it healthily:
- Choose a PB that, again, contains only peanuts and maybe salt. Anything else on that ingredients list is there for preservation, consistency, and sweetness - all of which I find totally unnecessary.
- Keep your jar of natural peanut or almond butter in the fridge to preserve it for longer.
- Make sure you stir it up each time you use it - the layer of oil at the top of your jar is totally natural and contains healthy fats that you want!
- And if you like a bit of sweetness, add that yourself - using natural jams, jellies, honey, or bananas.
Try making your own! Almond butter is generally more expensive, so instead go to the bulk bins and load up a bag with raw unsalted almonds. Grind them in your food processor for several minutes until you get the consistency you want and store in the fridge. Cheap and cheerful!
Almond Butter Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert gluten-free soy-free vegetarian wheat free
Ingredients (12 brownies)
- 1 16-ounce jar almond butter (crunchy or creamy, your call)
- 2 organic eggs, beaten
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla powder (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
- ½ cup raw cacao powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (or chopped up dark chocolate)
Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease a square or rectangular baking dish with coconut oil.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. If it's difficult to mix (as is sometimes the case with a natural almond butter), I recommend using an electric whisk or mixer. Pour into the greased baking dish.
Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes (keep checking - you want the edges to start pulling away from the pan, but ovens and pans vary). Leave to cool for 5 minutes before devouring.