Gluten free Chocolate Brownies. Well, they taste
They taste sinful. Of course I can’t put you through the hassle of sugar and fat though, you know I love you..I wouldn’t steer you in the wrong direction. These mouthwatering brownies are sugar free and gluten free,along with other great ‘free’ options, read below.
Yup. I know, you wouldn’t have guessed it.
These brownies are so rich, if you like dark chocolate flavours, these are the healthy bake for you!
I was watching tv on Valentines day and all I could find was baking show after baking show and all of them were specialising in some sort of ‘healthy brownie’. I can do that, I know I can. So I set about looking at ways to bake brownies.
I knew my ‘healthy’ brownies, whatever they’d be, they would definitely have to include carrot puree, If you don’t know already..I’ve become addicted to ‘bulking’ recipes with fibrous and low-calorie alternatives. Instead of using flour and starches you put in a fibre, my personal favourite is the gluten free banana-bread from last week.
But no recipes I could find included carrots, so.. I decided to make my own! Recipe that is, not carrots. I spent around an hour in the morning, double checking other people’s gluten-free and sugar-free recipes and tried my best to balance out the weights of the wet ingredients with the dry ones.
I’ve tweaked the recipe slightly for you though, as I didn’t think it was sweet enough for me, but like I’ve said before, I have a sweet tooth. There are multiple options for you to choose for your sugar replacements (see below), so pick which ever is best for you, I’ve advised what works best but it’s down to your diet, like I always say…your diet is not up to me. It’s up to your body.
I hope that this recipe finds you well, gives you inspiration to be brave with your baking. I hope that it fills your tummies up with fibrous, sweet and healthy choices and makes you feel confident in having treats that you know are good for you. They were brilliant for me and I’m so glad I experimented with them. They turned out so well on my first bake that I didn’t do a second one for the photos, I just went for it!
Ok, so I’m not a renowned photographer and these really do taste amazing,
compared to the photo proof I have to show you.
They’re Paleo (well,the recipe is, the picture isn’t) but I wanted to do something special with these so I swirled in a touch of white chocolate at the end, it was worth it though. The white chocolate melted and bubbled up through the brownies, making a caramel glaze and sweet hit with the dark chocolate flavour.
So, choices.. choices. For your sugar replacement you can Either have;
- 5 finely chopped prunes ( if they’re dry soak them in water for 12 hours)
- 1 tablespoon of Honey 2 tablespoons of apple sauce
- 4 Tablespoons of Honey or (Organic Agave)
- 2 Tablespoons of Honey, 2 of Brown sugar (but this means the recipe isn’t sugarless, technically)
So your sweetening alternative, along with extra ripe bananas, will make sure that this super rich chocolate brownie mix will hit all the sweet tastebuds!
- 2 Large Bananas, Ripe
- 1 Large Carrot, peeled, grated, steamed.
- 1tsp of Vanilla Essence
- 2 Tbsp Honey (or your choice of sweet ingredient) *Prunes
- 4 Tbsp Coco powder
- 1 Tsp Baking powder
- 2 Eggs
- Pop your grated carrot in a small microwavable dish with 2 tablespoons of water, cover and Microwave for 3 minutes. Leave to stand for 3.
- Meanwhile.. Heat your oven to 220 (GM 7)
- In a large bowl, combine bananas, Vanilla, Honey, Baking powder, Coco powder. Mix until combined. Cool and drain your carrots, place in a cheese cloth or similar fabric.
- Squeeze all extra water out, this may take two or three processes.
- This should squeeze your grated carrot into a fiberous ball, once it's cooled separate it back into fine shreds, as finely as possible, I used a hand blender for this.
- Then I added the yolks, then the whites. To stop from over working, I added the whites lastly.
- Pour the 'batter' in a 9" baking tray, lined with coco powder. Bake for 20 minutes or until the skewer is clean. They should seem firm to the touch. Leave to cool and tip out.
- I swirled white chocolate into half of my mix but I advice you waiting until after they're cooked and adding white chocolate as a topping.
- Make sure to drain as much water from the carrots as possible, the brownies are of course, gluten free so any extra water will make them softer..
- *Prunes. If dry pop them in water over night or place in hot water for 2 hours.
- Under baking; with coco powder they'll look darker before they're baked so double check
10.5g of natural sugar,2.2 Fibre, 3.33g Protein per serving along with Vitamins* A, C, B-6 and D!
Dairy Free, Flour Free, Sugar-Free, Gluten Free, Chocolate free (cocoa powder used, not chocolate).
Along with these being healthy and amazingly tasty, they’re also packed full of fibre, protein and chocolate enzymes, the good stuff, that gets your brain working,health benefits of cocoa powder!
*The vitamins I’ve included show upto 60% of your RDA per portion, however there are tonnes of other vitamins and benefits in these choco powder alternative brownies!
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You may notice I recently ditched chocolate, it’s true..I did!
But let me explain why..Chocolate is no longer in it’s original form. Even dark chocolate is covered in sugar, dairy and processed fats. Learn sugar is so awful here. If we bring back cocoa to it’s natural form we bring back all the great benefits of it, along with removing the sugar and it being an anti-depressant and antioxidant it’s also amazing for healthy baking.
By using pure cocoa powder and not flour, you’re removing the wheat and gluten from the mix you can include this brilliant dry ingredient to replace wheat-based mixes. If you want to increase the protein you can replace the cocoa with protein chocolate powder!
I gave up chocolate, but I didn’t give up on Cocoa, especially not after baking something like this! Luckily they’re only 88 calories so the 4 portions I ate by myself over the weekend won’t do me much harm. Make sure you pop over on Saturday, I have a great giveaway (worth £100 of Holland & Barrett goodies). Really simple entries too, so anyone can join in for a chance to win!
I’m glad you stopped by and I hope to see you soon, have a great day!