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We turned this #FoodCrushFriday over to our friend Jenny Travens of the AMAZE superfoodliving.com. We hope you enjoy her glorious coconut flour fudge brownies!

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Are you looking for a rich, fudge-like brownie but with a healthy, superfood twist? Then you've found the recipe for you. Coconut flour gives these brownies a light and fluffy texture, but these brownies aren't lacking in the fudge department either. But what makes these brownies the better option over store-bought boxed ones? Read on to find out!

Coconut Flour

Coconut flour has grown in popularity recently, mostly due to its gluten free tag. This means that none of the gluten protein molecules that are found in wheat, rye and barley exist, making coconut flour edible for those who battle Celiac disease. But coconut flour's benefits go far beyond its gluten free label.

Coconut flour is also rich in dietary fiber, with a 100 gram serving containing a whopping 39 grams of dietary fiber, double the amount found in wheat bran. Because it is high in dietary fiber but low in digestible carbohydrates compared to processed flours, coconut flour won't adversely affect blood sugar levels, making it an excellent choice for diabetics.

Although coconut flour contains no gluten proteins, it is still high in protein content. In a 100 gram serving coconut flour contains roughly 19 grams of protein, or 38 percent of our daily recommended intake. This makes coconut flour a favorite amongst vegan and vegetarian eaters as a meatless way to consume protein.

Try out these Coconut Fudge Truffles for another way to use coconut flour. They are rich and incredibly delicious, but packed with superfood power!

Cacao Powder

Raw cacao powder gives these brownies a rich, chocolate taste, but with far more health benefits than traditionally processed cocoa powders. Cacao powder is rich in antioxidants known as flavonoids, which helps to fight free radicals in the body that can accelerate signs of aging, contribute to changes that can adversely affect your heart as well as lead to some cancers. Cacao powder also contains a variety of essential nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese.

Raw Honey 

Instead of being sweetened with processed white sugars, these coconut flour brownies are sweetened with raw, local honey. Honey contains a small amount of a wide variety of vitamins and minerals including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Honey is also known for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties. If you are interested in another honey sweetened recipe, check out this delicious Superfood Goji Berry Granola!

So with all those superfoods involved, these brownies are sure to be healthier than anything you can find in the store. The question is, how do they taste? While 100 percent coconut flour baked goods can be a bit dry and dense, these brownies are made with a bit of oat flour, which helps to keep them light and fluffy. A secret trick also gives them that fudge-like consistency that is absolutely to die for!

Coconut Flour Fudge Brownies

Makes 12 brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup raw honey (or alternative sweetener: maple syrup, coconut nectar etc)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix together all of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and flax egg.
  4. Slowly incorporate the wet mixture into the dry – mixture will be pretty thick!
  5. In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and coconut oil until melted. Mix well until all the chocolate chips are completely melted, then stir into the brownie batter.
  6. Smooth batter in a well-oiled 8×8 baking dish.
  7. Bake 28-30 minutes.
  8. Let cool before slicing. The brownies will set up more as they cool!

Notes:

  • These brownies pair perfectly with this Goji Cranberry Lemon Tea. Talk about a relaxing way to end your day!
  • These brownies are made to be vegan, thus the use of the “flax egg.” A regular egg can be substituted, the brownies will just no longer be vegan.
  • Oat flour can be bought at most health food stores or can be made at home by simply grinding whole oats in a food processor.
  • Almost any add in can be incorporated into these brownies: try walnuts for a nice crunch!

 

Written by Guest Blogger — April 29, 2015

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