In my house, we love dessert. I think I have pushed my sweet-tooth onto my husband and we both love a good after-dinner treat. So I immediately began researching Paleo dessert options. There are actually a bunch out there, and I am excited to try them out! The first one I experimented with last night was Paleo Brownies.
I found a recipe here and I decided to try it. I had taken a trip to Natural Grocers earlier in the day and I was stocked with almond flour and coconut milk and ready with all the ingredients I needed.
Here's what I used:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (which is actually solid and reminded me of wax)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 2 tbs honey
- 1 egg
- 1 cup almond meal
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine the coconut oil, cocoa powder, and cinnamon in a bowl (I used my KitchenAid). Add the coconut milk, honey, egg, and almond meal and mix until combined.
Line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper OR grease it with coconut oil (which I did). Spoon the brownie mixture into the pan and smooth the surface of the mixture. Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove and allow to cool to room temperature before cutting into squares. I cut mine into 16 brownies. Here they are:
So how did they turn out? Overall good. They taste like brownies for sure. The biggest issue was that they were a little thin and crumbly. So it was kind of hard to get them out of the pan. I put them into the refrigerator in hopes of firming them up a bit. In terms of taste, they are VERY chocolatey. I may not have added enough honey, and I may add more next time to sweeten them up a little. Luckily, I like dark chocolate, but if you prefer less intense chocolate flavor, add more honey. Let's be clear- I enjoyed my Paleo brownie and all, but I would still take a REAL brownie any day. Maybe that will change at some point...
I plan to try out more Paleo dessert recipes over the next few weeks, and I will keep posting about our favorites! In the meantime, try this one for yourself!