angels & devils.

8.18.2013

In hopes of becoming healthier, I have been eating clean which hasn't been too painful. Unfortunately, baking is my vice- the dirty, buttery, sugar-filled kind of baking. I've also learned about clean baking which is less fun, but I have been able to find a few clean desserts that could almost pass as naughty.

today, i bring you a dirty & a clean brownie recipe. enjoy
These delightful treats are gluten, grain, starch, egg, corn, soy & sugar free. They could just be broccoli disguised as a dessert. I have been skeptical of clean baking goods because frankly, they should all have butter & sugar but they don't. I was pleasantly surprised at the results of these bars. The texture is cookie-like, the taste is sweet & you don't feel guilty after. Win, win.

*adapted from this recipe.

brownie layer ingredients
1 1/2 cups almond flour (if you are from utah valley, you can buy this at Winco in the bulk section.)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup stevia
1 tbs vanilla extract
3 tbs water (or nondairy milk.)

chocolate chip cookie layer ingredients
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup stevia
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbs melted coconut oil
1 tbs vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
3 tbs water (or nondairy milk)
3/4 cup chocolate chips (dark, semisweet, milk, do what you please.)

one : preheat over to 350 degrees. line a 8x8 baking pain with parchment paper, leaving a bit of overhand to help with removing bars after baking.
two : make the brownie dough by combining all ingredients. the dough will be very thick & it will come together best if you use your hands. Press the dough into the bottom of your pan.
three : like the brownie dough, combine all cookie ingredients with your hands. Add the chocolate chips last. Press on top of the brownie layer.
four : place in the oven & bake for 23 - 26 minutes. the edges will become golden brown.
five: remove from oven & cool before slicing.

I'm about to cross a line but I don't care. This girl is approaching shark week & my chocolate cravings are in full swing. Brownies are dear to my heart- the chewy, fudgy goodness wins me over, however, some brownies are too cakey for my liking then I found this recipe. Beth (from Entertaing with Beth) is a wizard in the kitchen. When she posted a brownie recipe, it made it that day. I will never, ever, use another recipe. It's perfection. Try it.


ingredients
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate (I used ghirardelli.)
12 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 tbs vanilla extract
1 cup butter (yep.)
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbs powdered sugar for garnish.

one : preheat over to 375F.
two : melt chocolate & butter together. add vanilla. stir to combine & allow to cool slightly.
three : in another bowl, combine flour, baking soda & salt.
four : beat eggs & sugar together until smooth. add chocolate mixture & beat until smooth. (I didn't use an electric mixture, just a wisk & it worked just fine.) Then add flour mixture, beat until smooth.
five : transfer into a 11 x 16 pan, lined with parchment paper. pour batter into pan, & smooth with a spatula.
six : bake for 10 minutes exactly. allow to cool for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. (I covered mine with tinfoil & left them overnight.)
seven : garnish with powered sugar & eat the whole pan.

3 comments :

  1. these look incredible. But like you, i'm trying to scale back on the sugar. It's such an addiction!

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