SUPER HERO BROWNIES
There are very few foods that go together as good as chocolate and nut butters. It is a sin to think about what the world would be like without enjoying this decadent, melt in your mouth, pass the milk please, dessert every once in a while!
We are fortunate to have all three of our kiddos birthdays in February. And as much as I LOVE cupcakes, by the end of birthday celebrations I’m all set with making another batch! So this year, I convinced my littlest chocoholic to let me break the birthday mold with these super hero brownies.
When it comes to enjoying sweets, there’s actually quite a few ways to up their nutritional game and enjoy them just as much- if not even more than those boxes of mix that line the aisles at your local grocery store! So lets hack away at the good old fashioned brownie and make them into the super hero they all should be!
First, an easy one, substituting out what most mixes call for (vegetable oil) for fat. We won’t go into why NOT to use vegetable oils here (or ANYWHERE for that matter), a story for another day! Just know- stay far away- and go for the real deal. Grass fed butter (or if you are dairy sensitive, cold pressed virgin coconut oil) is what is here. It has more CLA than conventional butter- which may help in fighting cancer AND build muscle vs store fat. So many reasons to love grass fed butter!
Next, on the sugar forefront. I decided to do a mixture of maple syrup (the real stuff- nothing artificial) and unrefined coconut sugar. Both when compared to the traditional highly processed refined white sugar have a lower glycemic load, and that makes for a lesser spike in the blood sugar. Yes, at the end of the day it’s still sugar. But if you’re going to do dessert, might as well do it right!
I chose to use an organic flour blend from King Arthur here, but any whole grain flour would do well. The difference- whole grain flour has not been refined, bleached, and won’t lead to that blood sugar spiking as white flour will do.
Lastly- but oh, definitely not least! The chocolate. If there’s just ONE thing you are willing to splurge on here- let it be this. Find a good quality, pure unsweetened (non-gmo if you can) chocolate. The antioxidants (yes protecting you from free radicals we are exposed to), minerals (can you say magnesium?! which ladies- most of us are lacking, and one of the biggest reasons we CRAVE chocolate!), and Flavanols (help with lowering blood pressure and improve blood flow to heart and the brain!) are just a few reasons to go for the good stuff! Again, raw cacao (not COCOA) is the way to go here- as it hasn’t been treating with chemicals to refine or process.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Let us know by leaving a reply below who you bake for and how you enjoy your super hero brownies!
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 C almond milk (unsweetened)
2 sticks grass fed butter
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut sugar (unrefined)
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 oz raw powdered cacao
3 pasture raised eggs
3/4 C whole grain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
2 Tbsp nut butter (unsweetened)
Pre-heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Place butter in sauce pan, Heat on low until melted, add milk, and unsweetened chocolate. Melt fully. Add in vanilla extract, maple syrup, and coconut sugar and mix until glossy rich batter forms. Be sure to stir throughout this process as you don’t want chocolate sitting on bottom of your pan.
- Remove from heat. Whisk in cacao powder
- Allow to cool for 15 min. Add in eggs- whisk. Add flour, chocolate chips and baking powder- stir just to combine.
- Pour batter into brownie pan that has been lined with parchment paper fully- ensuring corners are easy to grab for removing once finished.
- Drop small amounts of nut butter onto batter, use butter knife to swirl for effect and even cooking.
- bake for 15-20 min or until desired gooey”ness” – be sure to take out prior to top cracking or they will be dry.
- Allow to FULLY cool prior to cutting.