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Dark Chocolate Brownies (Fudge Brownies)
The dark chocolate brownies (fudge brownies) story: This past Wednesday was Pi Day! And as always, schools, offices, and others are celebrating the mathematical constant Pi (3.14159....). My department secretary sent out an email notifying all employees on our floor that we will be celebrating Pi day on 3/14 at 1:59 p.m. (3.14159).
We were told to bring either a sweet or savory treat to share with the department to celebrate and to sign up on the list that is attached to fridge in the break room. Immediately, people began signing up.
There was some savory dishes, like hamburger pie, but most people signed up to bring sweet pies, like chocolate, peanut butter pie or apple pie. Some co-workers made them from scratch, others are buying them prepared.
What was I going to eat? How about some gooey fudge brownies?
As I went down the list and read what people were bringing, as normal, there was absolutely NOTHING that I could eat. Everything listed had gluten or dairy (I am the only one that has strict dietary restrictions).
Plus, being a nutrition junky and a competitive athlete, the items listed were not something that I would want to put into my body. Therefore, I decided to bring in a healthy dessert that is gluten and dairy free!
I started to think about what kind of dessert I would like to have (that I could make in the form of a circle for Pi day). I decided to make healthy flourless chocolate brownies.
Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder:
Chocolate is one of my favorite food groups (yes, to me it is a food group). Dark chocolate is my go too and has major health benefits if eaten in moderation (which I still need to work on :P). Dark chocolate (over 70%) is high in antioxidants which neutralize free radicals.
Free radicals are unbalance compounds that can damage the body. Dark chocolate is high in flavanols (a type of antioxidant) that has been shown to improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow to the heart and brain.
The polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) helps control cholesterol. Furthermore, a small amount of dark chocolate also helps keep blood sugar under control.
We used super dark chocolate but you may prefer a somewhat lighter one if you are not the black coffee type. 🙂 They are a tad bitter when made with the super dark powder.
The black beans in this recipe give the brownies their gooey and moist texture. Black beans are loaded with soluble fiber the helps to lower blood cholesterol and aid in digestion. The soluble fiber and protein also help to control blood sugar by regulating digestion. I told you these chocolate brownies were healthy.
Cashew milk is a great dairy-free alternative. It has 45% of your daily calcium and 25% of your daily dose of vitamin D. Cashew milk is naturally creamy, which helps give the shake a creamy texture.
The Result: Fudge Brownies
After I made the fudge brownies, I had to taste it. They were DELICIOUS. Everyone in my office even said they tasted good for being gluten and dairy free. The batch makes approximately 24 brownie bites and all of them were gone by the end of the day.
I was hoping to have some of these fudge brownies left over that I could stash away for later :P. Looks like I will have to make another batch!
*Note: Let me just say again that if you prefer sweeter chocolate brownies, you can add more monk fruit or swap stevia in the recipe. You can also try using a cocoa powder that is lower on the percent cacao.
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Notes: * Use a lower % cacao powder for less bitter kick *Stevia can be used in place of monk fruit depending upon your preference.
- Preheat the oven to 315 degrees
- Place all the ingredients into a blender and puree until smoothie
- Grease the brownie pan and pour batter, spreading evenly
- Bake for 15-17 minutes, until edges are firm
- Let cool and enjoy (:
Carb per serving 9g
*Adjust Sweetener Amounts according to preference