Grain free chocolate brownies

I have been looking around for a grain free chocolate brownie recipe. I’m trying very hard to stay grain free, I find I stay almost symptom free this way. There are plenty of gluten free recipes but I wanted something with no grains just nuts and if possible no refined sugar. I still need sweet treats !

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I came across a recipe from Elana’s Pantry. New York Times best selling author . I use many of her delicious recipes .

Here is her recipe for  Paleo Brownies there are lots more recipes on her website Alana’s Pantry

follow her on Twitter @elanaspantry

I liked the recipe but wanted to change a few things

Grain free Chocolate Brownies

100g ground almonds

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

110g gluten free dark chocolate I used 85% Green & Blacks

12 medjool dates

3 large eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil

to decorate

walnut pieces

assorted gluten free dark chocolate drops I used Sainsbury taste the difference dark chocolate drops and Montezuma dark chocolate buttons

 

Method

Firstly I soaked the dates in coffee, you could just use boiling water

make sure the stones have been removed

I put the ground almonds, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a processor

then I added squares of the chocolate into the ground almonds etc and processed until fine power

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I drained the dates and added them to the food processor

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whizzed up the mixture again until smooth with the other ingredients

added the coconut oil , soften slightly if very hard

processed again

added the 3 beaten eggs whizz up again

check everything is well mixed together using a palette knife

The batter should not be to thick

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I spooned the batter in to a 8×8 prepared tin

decorated with chocolate buttons and drops and walnut pieces

pressed the chocolate and walnuts down slightly

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popped in the oven 170c for about 20 -22 mins

until cracks appear on the top.

 

leave to cool for as long as you are able!

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cut into squares and enjoy.

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these are not a healthy treat as they are still high in fructose from the dates and small amount of sugar in the dark chocolate.

But we all need a sweet treat sometimes.

The brownies were dense and delicious not crumbly or overly sweet. its along time since i’ve eating a regular gluten filled brownie so I can’t compare. I certainly prefer the sweetness level of these treats to a gluten free sugar filled version. Although I might add even more chocolate buttons next time.

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Enjoy!

 

 

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Review of Delicious Alchemy’s gluten free Chocolate brownie mix

Recently Delicious Alchemy sent me 3 of their products to test and review, Even the box they arrived in caught my eye, the family were intrigued and commented on the packaging.

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Included in my box of goodies was a brown bread mix, a brownie mix and rice flake porridge.

Firstly I tried the brownie mix, perfect as I was cooking for 7 that evening. The ingredients and method are written on the packaging. The family all commented about the attractive packaging . Very eye catching!

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Very simple to make just melted butter or dairy free alternative and 2 eggs beaten added to the mix

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poured into a prepared square tin and popped in a pre heated oven

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Mine took slightly longer than the stated time

but baked perfectly and came out of the tin with ease.

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I sliced into squares after cooling on a wire rack

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and served with extra thick double cream.

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I thought these were very nice, very sweet  but as I’m not regularly eating sugar anymore I expected this. The family all gave them a big thumbs up and said they tasted like regular gluten filled brownies also lighter than some had expected.

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A very easy mix perfect for treat days ! £2.99 to buy on Delicious Alchemy website

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