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Xtra Chocolate Fudge Brownies {Grain & Dairy Free}

I have a confession to make.

This morning I had brownies for breakfast.

And one with lunch.

 

I think that I need to bring these over my parents house because they are just too delicious.

We have  one more week in February before we start the no-processed March challenge. This is another recipe that goes to show you that you DO NOT need to buy boxed brownies. I believe in a few constants—all things in moderation—but the moderate things you eat should be home made. No need for chemicals and GMO’s in our food.

 

Besides, the batter tasted even BETTER than the boxed stuff.

 

The latest Food Babe investigation has me even more wound up seeing a side by side comparison on the SAME EXACT products put out by the SAME EXACT same company but with DIFFERENT ingredients! WHY??!!! Why? Because in other countries they do not allow those nasty things in their food. They don’t allow them because they are harmful. And we wonder why American’s are the sickest in the nation? Cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes. It makes me sad. Very sad. Heck, in Singapore if you get caught putting Azodicarbonamide in food you can get up to 15 years in prison and be fined $450,000. It’s banned as a food additive in the U.K., Europe, and Australia, yet American companies such as Pizza Hut use it in their cheesy garlic bread. Nice.

Anyway, screw Betty Crocker (who made that list!) and go for my homemade brownies. This one is loaded with healthy fats and I use natural sugars to sweeten it! They are grain-free and dairy-free too! Win!

 

Xtra Fudge Brownies

gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free

ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado, pureed
  • 1 1/2 cups Enjoy Life chocolate chips 
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon coconut oil (plus more for pan)
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup organic Grade B maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream (place a can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight and scrape cream off the top—heavy cream may work also if you’re not dairy free)

directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8X8 brownie pan with coconut oil or line it with parchment paper.

Place the coconut flour and salt in a small bowl, mix and set aside.

Place egg and egg whites in your stand mixer and whip on high until they are light and fluffy (a hand mixer would work also). Set aside.

Using a double boiler (or do what I did and place a metal bowl on top of a saucepan filled with 1 1/2- 2 inches of water) place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the bowl and heat on low until it is all melted. Stir in maple syrup. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and coconut cream.

Add the coconut flour/salt mix and 1 Tablespoon of water and avocado to the chocolate and stir until combined. Stir in the eggs until they are thoroughly combined. Pour the batter into your 8×8 pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Use a rubber spatula to lick the bowl clean. Enjoy!

 

 

I mean, look at the ingredient list of a typical boxed brownie versus the one I listed above.

 

90% of the things on this list are extremely harmful to y our health! You should enjoy brownies and treats in moderation..sugar is bad enough, but we all eat it time to time. There’s no reason to add on hormone disrupting Frankenfoods to that list! Get out of here with that!

 

Some other exciting news–my blog made Greatist and I got a job teaching at my FAVORITE yoga studio starting next week! I feel so blessed!

Enjoy and speak soon!

-L

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20 Comments

  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Probably a good thing I don’t have any maple syrup or I would be making these!! Look super tasty laury!

    February 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm
  • Reply purelytwins

    love being able to eat brownies for breakfast and lunch 🙂 sign us up!
    mmm more chocolate the better!

    February 18, 2013 at 10:11 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Those sound yummy, again with the carrageenan I’ve only been looking in dairy type stuff for it, good thing I’ve been cutting out processed foods more and more.

    February 18, 2013 at 11:13 pm
    • Reply laury

      I know! It’s so annoying with that stuff!

      February 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Laura

    You had me at chocolate!! I am so so very excited to make this healthy version of brownies!!!! Thank you for always keeping us aware! 🙂

    February 18, 2013 at 11:28 pm
    • Reply laury

      Plz lmk how you likey!!!!

      February 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Sabrina @ Work It Ms Jackson

    These look FANTASTIC! I actually found your blog from Greatist and was hooked from that one recipe! 😉

    February 19, 2013 at 9:25 am
    • Reply laury

      Welcome!!!! Thank you!

      February 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply the delicate place (@misathemeb)

    omg. please come over now and make these! i have been on QUITE a cocoa/chocolate kick lately! i WISH we had european regulations on our food! there are a fair number of countries who don’t even allow stevia! they just use real sugar and real food in general!

    p.s. congrats on the greatist shout! i am so proud of you 🙂

    February 19, 2013 at 10:50 am
    • Reply laury

      Yea I am trying to just limit my stevia use. I found I was getting addicted to it and my taste buds were changing too much AFTER I “lowered” my sweet tooth!

      February 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Danica @ It's Progression

    I’ve never thought to put avocado in brownies before…these look delicious!

    February 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm
    • Reply laury

      It was an “aha” moment for me 😉

      February 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner

    I am definitely making these!

    And congratulations on the blog news AND yoga teacher job!

    February 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hope you like them, Keri! And thanks!

      February 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    Congrats on all the good stuff going your way! You’re awesome and you deserve it!
    The brownies look fantastic… I make something similar, but keep it around one serving (otherwise I eat them all)! I’ll definitely try your recipe next time I need brownies (which I’m sure will be soon…).

    February 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, Friend!

      February 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm
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