To kick off 2012 I decided to partake in a dietary cleanse inspired by Whole Living magazine. Since the 2nd, I have been eating fruits, veggies, nuts, and other plant based fats a long with my daily mug of coffee (there are some things I refuse to give up!). This week, I started incorporating beans, lentils and other legumes. After I shook the initial detox headache, I felt awesome! My skin is clearer, my mood is better, and I have lost a few pounds. I was even able to refuse fresh salted chocolate caramel at work.
Then Wednesday happened :(
The weather went from an unseasonably warm 50 degrees to standard January-in-Minnesota temps in the teens with nasty wind chills. BOOOOOOOO! Guess who started craving chocolate something fierce? The bod needed a little something to stay warm. I got to work on google ASAP.
I wanted to bake something gluten free and with minimal amounts of sugar. I kept running into paelo inspired brownie recipes using almond meal. This was my first time baking with almond flour and based on these results, I think I will be doing it again.
adapted from Simply Sadie Jane
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup pitted dates
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 packet VIA ready brew instant coffee
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2oz chocolate covered espresso beans, coarsely chopped
– Place dates and coconut milk in a blender. Blend until well combine and dates are broken down.
– Heat coconut milk mixture in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in chocolate chips and instant coffee. Once smooth, remove from heat and stir in eggs.
– Add almond flour, baking soda, and chocolate covered espresso beans. Stir until just combined and pour into an 8 inch pan.
– Bake 350 for 20-25min.
The resulting brownie was moist with a cakey consistency. The chopped espresso bean gives a slightly crunchy texture. I am not sure I would add those again. They were still sitting around from a Christmas gift and I wanted to use them up. Additional chocolate chips would be better for next time.
Any other good almond flour recipes to share?