Posted by: Molly on: March 1, 2013
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 half an hour. 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.
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:
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!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert gluten-free soy-free vegetarian wheat free
Ingredients (12 brownies)
Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease a square or rectangular baking dish with coconut oil.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into the baking dish.
Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before devouring.