It’s Friday!! I love Fridays. I mean, who doesn’t? It’s the end of the week with the weekend glowing ahead of you, calling your name. For me, Fridays are the days I get to work on posts & recipes for BITG, to kick homework’s booty, and generally catch up from the week. This week in particular was a roller coaster of emotions – I feel like I’m at a really pivotal point in my career [& life!] and its been weighing on me a ton. But I’m really working on changing my perspective, opening myself up to what the Universe has in store, reflecting regularly in my gratitude practice, and really l e t t i n g go to allow life happen for me. And in the meantime I’m taking today to get work done, but at my own pace – I’m staying in my PJs, slowly sipping on some tea, and just enjoying whatever work I’ve got to do. I also took some time to catch up with my girl Hannah over at Hannah Rose Fitness – I cannot tell you how important and totally necessary good talks with girlfriends are!!
Life is much more enjoyable when you slow down for a second and let it all just be.
So, because this week [or the past few weeks, if I’m honest] has been a little up and down, I just had that craving to bake something chocolatey and warm. Do you have a habit that comes out to play when you’re maybe stressed, in a funk, or maybe feeling like things are a little roller coaster-y? Mine is totally baking. I love to bake. It’s comforting, fun, creative, and keeps my sweet tooth satisfied. Because, chocolate. Right? I’ve made flourless chocolate cake many times before – in fact it’s my dinner party go-to [along with these black bean brownies]. I typically follow a recipe but today I kinda just felt like wingin’ it. Plus, I’m house/dog sitting so I’m in a kitchen that doesn’t have all of the typical fun ingredients I have stocked in my pantry at home. The result is slightly more dense, perfectly sweet, so super simple Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Brownies! It has taken everything in my being to not eat the entire pan. .
Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Brownies
[Paleo-friendly] Makes about 10 servings.
- 6 oz dark chocolate chips [about half of a regularly sized bag of chocolate chips]
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 farm fresh eggs
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp raw cacao [baking cocoa will do if you don’t have cacao on hand]
- pinch of coarse sea salt
Preheat your oven to 425º*. In a double boiler, or a regular saucepan**, heat chocolate chips and coconut oil, mixing together as they melt. When its melted together, set aside to cool slightly – you don’t want to mix the hot chocolate with eggs, otherwise the eggs will cook! As the chocolate is cooling, mix together eggs, almond butter, and maple syrup with a whisk or an electric hand mixer; when everything is combined, gently stir in cacao or cocoa. When chocolate mixture has cooled enough so its warm, instead of hot, pour it in with the rest of the ingredients and mix until it has the consistency of brownie batter.
Pour batter into an 8×8 glass or ceramic pan and top with a sprinkle of sea salt before placing in the oven to bake for about 14 minutes. This will leave the outer edges crispy and the middle soft and gooey [so good!!]! *If you prefer a more even texture, bake the brownies at 380º for 18 – 20 minutes. Check the middle with a wooden toothpick – if it comes out clean, you’re good! Otherwise slide the brownies back in the oven to cook a little bit longer.
Allow the brownies to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into them [I know – this is the hardest part!!]. Serve with a little bit of almond or peanut butter, fresh berries, banana, or all of the aforementioned – or NAKED! Either way you dress [or undress] them, you are going to have the hardest time keeping your fork outta the pan after your first piece! They’re just that good.
**If you heat your chocolate in a saucepan touching direct heat, make sure you’re constantly stirring so the chocolate doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan. Prefer a double boiler but don’t have one at home? No problem – rig it! I use a glass [make sure the glass does not touch direct heat] or metal bowl that does not have anything on the bottom of it, place it over a saucepan of boiling water, and wahhh laaa – you’ve got yourself a makeshift double boiler!
Craving something sweet, chocolately, and simple? Give these a try, and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram to share your creation!