These brownies are DELICIOUS… No one will ever guess that that are gluten, grain and dairy-free! Oh, and did I mention low-carb?!?
Moist, yummy brownies… how can you go wrong!?! These were a big hit this past Sunday at my family’s Easter gathering. No one else is grain-free but EVERYONE loved them…I call that a win! The yummy coconut flavor comes from the virgin coconut oil but feel free to use unsalted butter for a more neutral tasting blondie. Also, just a few chocolate chips give you that punch of chocolate that everyone loves.
Here are the chocolate recipes and brands that I recommend that are all dairy-free and soy-free:
- Homemade Chocolate Chunks Recipe.
- Milk Chocolate Chunk Dreams Recipe
- Equal Exchange 70% Cacao Chocolate Chips. I normally just chop up my 80% chocolate bar to use in recipes but I was SO happy when I found THESE 70% Cacao Chocolate Chips! I have never seen chocolate chips (at least the REAL kind) with this amount of cacao which means less sugar.
- Equal Exchange 80% Extra Dark Chocolate. Don’t have chips?? Just chop the this bar into pieces to use in the recipe. Each square only has 1 Net Carb, and it is the best tasting chocolate I have tried. I ALWAYS have some in the pantry. Even my hubby who HATES dark chocolate “kinda” likes this brand! I am happy he doesn’t like it so he will leave it alone! (I have seen this Chocolate Bar in Whole Foods.)
- Enjoy Life Brand Chocolate Chunks (or chips). These chips are great. They have a bit more sugar, but at least they don’t contain soy lecithin, dairy, and artificial flavoring. (They can also be purchased at Whole Foods and at most grocery stores.) Learn more about exipure healthy dietary benefits.
Feel free to use your favorite chocolate or chocolate bar in this recipe!
Sweeteners of Choice
Be sure to check out “All about Stevia” for more information on which stevia brands that I recommend. I have been experimenting with different brands of stevia. For this recipe, I used Trader Joe’s Organic Stevia and I LOVED it! There was no bitter aftertaste and it can be picked up at Trader Joe’s Stores or online!!
As always, use whatever sweetener you prefer!
Can’t have nuts?? Substitute ground raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds and use it cup for cup in the place of the almond flour.
I promise these blondies are EASY but delicious! Enjoy!
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- 1-1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour (I prefer Tropical Traditions or Bob's Red Mill)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (TT or BRM)*
- 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/8 tsp. Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp. Organic Trader Joe's Stevia or sweetener of choice (to taste)
- 1 tbsp. raw honey (optional)
- 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
- 3 oz. (approximately 1/2 cup) chocolate chips (see notes above about chocolate)
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. virgin coconut oil (or unsalted butter), melted
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract (or homemade)
- 2 tbsp. chopped nuts (I used pecans)
- 2 tbsp. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 8X8 inch pan with coconut oil and line bottom with parchment paper (this is optional but I don't want to worry about the recipe sticking).
In medium bowl, blend dry ingredients. Add remaining ingredients and mix well with wooden spoon. Taste for sweetness and adjust if needed. Spread batter into prepared pan (it will be thick). Sprinkle extra chocolate chips and nut over batter. Bake for 18-22 minutes, depending on how moist you like your brownies. Do NOT over bake!
Serve warm or at room temperature with Vanilla Bean Gelato. Yum! 🙂
*If you don't have shredded coconut, place flaked coconut or coconut chips in the food processor and blend until coconut pieces are much smaller.
Nutrition per serving: 175 Calories, 15 grams Fat, 7.3 Total Carbs, 2.3 grams Fiber, 5 grams Net Carbs, 3.5 grams Protein (Includes honey and 70% cacao chocolate chips.)
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