Simply Sinful, Rich Chocolate Brownies.

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.Guilt free 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. 

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Previous gluten free brownies were cake like..

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! 

[yumprint-recipe id=’5′]For 6 portions they’re only 88 calories that’s;
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!

So, yes.

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!

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Calorie info is correct up to the nearest 10*

 

14 Comments

  1. 06/03/2016 / 5:35 pm

    Oh these look SO good! I would love to try and make some. If they are healthy then even better! Kaz x

  2. 06/03/2016 / 2:41 pm

    OOh Amy, these look and sound just amazing. I am hopeless at making Brownies, they never turn out right x

  3. Lucy Melissa Smith (Hello Beautiful Bear)
    05/03/2016 / 7:20 pm

    These look so good, I applaud you for making something look so beautiful and also be more or less guilt-free. I would never have thought of using carrot either! X

  4. 05/03/2016 / 8:57 am

    These look amazing – very naughty, but nice

  5. 04/03/2016 / 8:16 pm

    My two would love these, they look so rich and smooth, I will definitely give them a try!xx

  6. Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn
    04/03/2016 / 7:34 pm

    These look brilliant. I have not eaten cakes/chocolate/biscuits/sweet things with refined sugar in for almost a year now and am always looking for healthy treats. I wonder if you could replace the cocoa powder with raw cacao instead? Love the idea of using carrot puree in it too.

    • 04/03/2016 / 8:09 pm

      Oh good! I’ve not been eating refined sugar for 8 months now too, It’s been a great transition for me!
      Yeah that’d be fine to swap! I try and use readily available ingredients on the site (for an easy transition into healthy eating).
      If you replaced it with raw cocoa it’d have even more benefits for you, not to mention a thicker texture! I hope you try it and let me know!

  7. 04/03/2016 / 7:29 pm

    love these! I am definitely all in for brownie’s!! and I love that these are gluten free too, will have to share this with lots of my friends :p !

  8. 04/03/2016 / 1:50 pm

    Oh these look amazing and have added the ingredients to my shopping list to try this weekend ❤️

  9. Jenna
    04/03/2016 / 1:43 pm

    These sound delicious! I’m gf and I’ve heard of making brownies with black beans and was always wary of that…this recipe actually sounds good though!

    • 04/03/2016 / 2:10 pm

      I’ve seen that recipe too, one of the recipes that inspired me for an alternative.
      I’m a fan of avacado but they seemed watery and the rest used coconut flour/almond flour and a thousand other ingredients. I hope this one is simple enough to follow easily.

  10. 02/03/2016 / 7:10 pm

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m tempted to make these! A brownie that is good for you sounds great to me!

    • 04/03/2016 / 11:38 am

      Don’t be just tempted, do it! I ate the whole batch myself during the week. Definitely going on my ‘treat day’ bakes!

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