I hesitated a little before starting this post. I’ve noticed a chocolate theme emerging on this blog recently and I don’t want you to think I have a one-track mind. Except that I do.
And these brownies are capable of satisfying even a die-hard chocoholic’s need. They’re dense, moist, sweet without being cloying, and, yes, chocolate-y. The espresso powder gives them a little extra bitter note, which I think contrasts well with the sweetness. It’s optional, but I highly recommend adding it if you have some. Eating these reminded me of the brownies of my youth. Sometime during high school, I discovered Ghirardelli’s double chocolate brownie mix (complete with extra chocolate chips) and came to believe that the best brownies in the world came out of that box. I’m sure I ate way too many of them, since that’s what high-schoolers do, and I certainly never thought of making my own from scratch. How far I’ve come!
These are definitely my new go-to. While they are definitely not healthy in the way that, say, a kale salad is healthy, there are a few things you can do to feel more virtuous about enjoying them:
1. Use grass-fed butter. I use Kerrygold and, while it’s more expensive than your regular grocery store butter, I believe it’s worth every cent. Grass-fed butter contains a better ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fats. Americans tend to be overloaded with omega 6’s and this is a good way to help tip the balance in a healthier direction. Grass-fed butter is also a good source of Vitamins A and K2. Learn more about why you might want to consider buying grass-fed here.
2. Try palm sugar. Made from the flowers on coconut trees, palm sugar is a low glycemic sweetener (meaning it won’t cause drastic spikes in your blood sugar) that can be used just like regular sugar. It’s also rich in vitamins.
3. Make your own almond flour by pulverizing soaked and dehydrated nuts in a food processor. I talked a little about why I do this here.
You don’t HAVE to do any of these things to make wonderful brownies. I just figured that I spend so much time researching nerdy health topics that I should pass along some of what I’ve learned. Either way, I hope you enjoy!
Almond Flour Brownies
makes an 8×8 pan
very slightly adapted from The Wannabe Chef
– 3/4 cup almond flour
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp espresso powder
– 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips, divided
– 1/2 cup butter
– 3/4 cup palm sugar
– 3 eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking powder, and espresso powder.
In the microwave or on the stove, melt together 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and butter. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine palm sugar, eggs and vanilla.
Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. If your chocolate mixture is very hot, you may want to wait to add it until the egg mixture has been somewhat incorporated into the flour to avoid cooking the eggs. Fold in remaining chocolate chips.
Pour batter into an 8×8 pan and bake for about 30 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.