Nourish Your Family: Fudgy Grain-Free Brownies
I believe that as a busy, multitasking mom, who cares about making healthy choices, you can enjoy the process of nourishing your family, not just feeding them.
In this series, I dive I share a little background on the recipe, why I consider it to be a healthy / nourishing choice, list out the kitchen tools you will need, the ingredients you need, walk you through the instructions, and even some strategies on how to tweak or rock this recipe yourself…but as always, the full recipe, instructions, and even digital recipe cards are available on my blog.
If you want me to personally text you the link to this blog episode, just text brownies to 910-218-0848
How This Recipe Came Into My Life
On New Year’s Eve, Hub Daddy and I wanted a special treat to indulge on. It happens to be our wedding anniversary, and this year we were living quarantine life after getting over “the virus” so….we were in the mood for something delicious after Baby E was in bed, to layer on top of our sirloin steak, roasted sweet potatoes, sauteed brussel sprouts and bubbly water.
I found a recipe for keto brownies that we had all the ingredient for. I immediately started “tweaking it’ even before I got started, like I always do, and ended up with this recipe that’s actually pretty stellar.
I suggest less sweetener than a lot of other recipes I saw. I prefer really tasting the cocoa and chocolate, instead of just extra sweet…but I do add in chocolate chips and vanilla. So that’s how I find my balance.
What’s Nourishing About This Recipe?
I love finding ways to satisfy my sweet tooth and have occasional treats, without sugar. Organic cocoa and baking chocolate have healthy antioxidants, and the monkfruit sweetener is balanced out by the butter content. Adding in walnuts also beefs up the healthy fats side of this recipe. You could even add in coconut shreds, chia seeds, or other add-ons to experiment on taste and texture if you like to sneak in other healthy foods into one treat.
Minimalist Kitchen Tools Needed
- 1 saucepan (or double boiler…i am just not that fancy)
- 1 large mixing bowl for mixing wet ingredients and then folding everything together in
- 1 medium bowl for mixing dry goods
- Measuring cups & spoons
- 1 whisk – I used a whisk – not a hand mixer, because you don’t want to overmix
- 1 pan for baking (I used a 9”x9”-ish silicone pan)
Ingredients To Make Sure You Have On Hand
6 core ingredients you likely have on hand (plus some optional ingredients and swap-out ideas)
- ½ cup butter
- 4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
- ¾ cup blanched almond flour
- ½ cup preferred sweetener – we use monkfruit
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder (OR 1 Tbsp cocoa, and 1 Tbsp collagen)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- ¼ tsp sea salt (optional)
- ¼ cup walnuts (optional)
- ¼ cup unsweetened Lily’s Chocolate Chips (optional)
Ingredient Swap-Outs for Diet Preferences or Convenience
If you are craving brownies, but don’t have one or a few ingredients on hand, or need to help this comply with other dietary needs, you can get creative.
No butter? Try coconut oil
No cocoa powder? What about chocolate flavored collagen?
Don’t have monkfruit on hand? Try coconut sugar, honey, erythritol, or your preferred natural sweetener)
Let’s Make Sure You Got It All
I shot this video to make sure you got it all, and are ready to jump in to making this simple nourishing recipe, without any hiccups.
The How To’s On Whipping This Up
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
If using a metal pan, line with parchment paper or really grease up with coconut oil. If using silicone no steps needed
Mix the dry ingredients into medium size bowl, so ready to pour and fold into wet easily
Melt the butter and baking chocolate together in a saucepan on very low heat, or a double boiler if you are fancy. Stir occasionally until smooth and creamy. Remove from heat.
Add the vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture if using now
If using a liquid sweetener (honey) instead of a dry sweetener, you can add it in now as well
Pour the wet mixture into the larger mixing bowl, then drop in the dry ingredients in a few rounds, as you whisk it together with the wet.
Add crushed walnuts, chocolate chips or any “extras” and a few final folds of the batter should incorporate it.
Pour (or spatula / scrape…it’s thick) to the baking pan. Push the batter to the corners of the pan and smooth the top with a spatula or back of a spoon.
Back for 15-18 minutes (see strategy tips below for how to know when they are done)
Cool completely before moving out of the pan or cutting. You want the pooled butter to soak back in, and for the “fudginess” to “settle” a bit.
Don’t forget, if you are liking the sounds of all this, but you need it in front of you in writing, without all the annoying back story most food blogs have…If you want me to personally text you the link to this blog episode, just text brownies to 910-218-0848
Helpful Notes If You Like Some Strategy Or Want to Tweak
I prefer using silicone baking pans, instead of greasing up a metal pan for grain free baking. And I don’t stress on the size. We own 1 square silicone pan, 1 round silicone pan, and 1 silicone muffin pan. I am OK with things being thinner or thicker than I might anticipate, or splitting something into additional batches…to be more minimalist in my kitchen.
Before you bake, it may look a little glossy and grainy. That’s totally fine.
Don’t overbake. Trust the timing your first round on this recipe. Even if the knife or toothpick isn’t coming out 100% clean. Mostly clean…and the brownies feeling firm is ideal.
And there may be butter that pooled on the top of the brownies. Make sure to pull them out, and let them rest. I just place the silicone pan on a wooden cutting board we have, to keep them nice and flat, so they brownies can truly set, and they will re-absorb any excess butter right back into them.
If you try this recipe, comment below. And if you like tweaking recipes like I do, let us know below if you made a tweak that rocked your results.
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I also give you permission now and always, to ditch the mom guilt for taking care of yourself. The best thing you can do for your kiddos and family is to role model healthy habits, boundaries, and priorities. The ripple effect for yourself and the next generation is worth it.