Monday, February 7, 2011

GF Double Chocolate Walnut Brownies

I know, I'm "on a diet" (I hate that but eating plan just makes me sound like an ass). Last week, my CrossFit Challenge team rocked the Paleo Potluck at Mary's Ridiculous House (Her kitchen is the size of my entire downstairs!) and my coach, as a treat to our sugar-starved and dessert-loving bodies made us these. I was skeptical at first. No sugar? NO SUGAR? But then again, wouldn't it defeat the point if it did? She did make a few Paleo-friendly substitutions that I kept in, and another one that I made just because I'm reasonably certain that in a fit of pique a few months pre-Paleo, I chucked my bottle of grapeseed oil. The original recipe is lovingly hijacked and then twisted from Elana's Pantry ( - THE site for gluten free deliciousness.

GF Deliciousness
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips (73% cacao preferred - you won't find this in the baking aisle)
  • ¼ cup coconut flour (sold in the bulk section of Sprouts for far, far less than the Red Mill GF)
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt (I used McCormick Grinder's Sea Salt. $2? Sold!)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup honey (we used this instead of agave nectar and it was AWESOME)
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips 73% cacao
  • (My addition - 1 tablespoon of hot/warm/cold/whatever coffee)*
    1. Place ½ cup chocolate chips in food processor
    2. Pulse in coconut flour, salt and baking soda until combined
    3. Pulse in eggs, honey, oil, coffee and vanilla
    4. Pour batter into a greased 8x8 pyrex dish

So, as you can see above. I multilated this recipe. Took it out back and just beat it. I didn't even use the darn chocolate chips because (shock) my Walmart was really lacking in quality chocolate. I marched over to the candy bar aisle, girded my loins, and grabbed two bars of Lindt 70%. They worked like a charm! But a dessert that is good at taking substitutions and my husband and inlaws loved and I could eat? AWESOME. This isn't really "paleo" but truly, it's as close as you're going to get with chocolate!

*I add coffee because in any recipe containing chocolate - it just takes it to the next level. It makes chocolate have this insane depth of flavor. I used to cheat and add it to boxed brownie mix all the time - your coworkers will love and hate you at the same time

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