Oh my. Glad I start on the Whole 30 on Monday…these will be gone by then!
Megan Keatley at Health-Bent posted a recipe earlier this year for Paleo Fudgy Brownies and I have been dying to make them! It was a beautiful fall Colorado day and it just seemed like the perfect time to bake…these were so easy to make and they turned out so yummy! I made a few adjustments to the recipe which I am posting here, visit Health-Bent (Paleo friendly recipes that don’t look or taste like dog food!) for the original recipe and be sure to take a look at their other mouth-watering recipes as well!
Fudgy Macadamia Nut Brownies
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup sunbutter
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
2 pastured eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/4 tsp. celtic sea salt
1/3 cup raw cacao
1/4 cup pitted medjool dates, packed
1/3 cup chocolate chips (70% or greater)
1/3 cup macadamia nuts, chopped and divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 11 x 7 Pyrex dish (an 8 x 8 would work also). Place pitted dates in a small bowl and cover with very hot water and set aside for at least 10 minutes. In a medium bowl whisk together almond butter, sunbutter, coconut milk, eggs and vanilla. Drain dates and process in a food processor or high-speed blender until smooth, whisk into the wet mixture. Mix in salt and cacao powder and stir until smooth. Add chocolate chips and half of the chopped macadamia nuts, mix until incorporated. Pour batter into the prepared dish and sprinkle remaining nuts on top of the batter. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes, top will start to slightly crack around the edges when the brownies are done, cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.
- I think these taste best after resting for several hours and even better out of the fridge!
- You could substitute 1 cup of any nut butter for the almond/sun butter combo
- 1/4 cup of any sweetener could be used in place of the dates (palm sugar works great!)
- If you prefer dairy, sub 2 Tbsp. melted butter and 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. heavy cream for the coconut milk
- To make the entire recipe sugar-free, use 1/4 cup cacao nibs in place of the chocolate chips, this will give the brownies a nice crunch but they won’t have the added sweetness from the sugar in the chocolate chips so you might want to add 1 ripe banana.
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