Not only is chocolate good for you, but it tastes good, too!
I finally created a healthy sugar-free brownie recipe, and it is just in time for Valentine’s Day!
~These brownies are gluten-free (grain-free), dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and of course, sugar-free!
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax or chia (optional. I added it for extra nutrition)
- 2 eggs
- 5 dates
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup water or milk-substitute (I used unsweetened chocolate almond milk)
- optional: 1/2 cup chopped nuts or chopped unsweetened chocolate.
- Preheat oven to 375*.
- First, blend the dates into a paste.
- In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients. Then add wet. Stir until well combined. A
- dd the date paste and mix very thoroughly to ensure there aren't any date chunks. The dates are the natural sweetness in the recipe. Feel free to add more dates if needed to suite your sweet tooth 😉
- Lightly grease a 8x8 baking dish (I used coconut oil). Pour batter into dish. The batter should be thick.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Health Benefits (Yes! The brownie actually helps your body!)
- Chocolate: Click HERE for a post I wrote earlier about the health benefits of chocolate.
- Coconut: Coconut is widely misunderstood because of it’s high fat content; however, coconut’s saturated fat is made up of medium-chain fatty acids. These medium-chains are easy to absorb and digest, and are converted quickly into energy. This means that the body has no opportunity to store the medium-chain as fat. Coconut is also a great source of dietary fiber with a whopping 5 grams per oz.!
- Dates: A laxative food with a high-fiber content, so it can help those suffering from constipation. They are digested quite easily and are great for when you need quick energy. Also, regular consumption of dates has been found to help the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
When you went to Elementary school, did you have Valentine’s Day parties?
I had one every year at my school. I made a giant sweet-heart container to hold my Valentines. We always brought Valentine’s cards and candy for the whole class and dropped them into everyone’s containers, and then we had a party! When I got home from school, my sister and I would sort through our Valentine cards and candies 🙂 Then get sugar-high ;)Blech!