Healthy and Delicious Brownie Recipe!
Oh, yes. I'm forever on a quest for healthy dessert recipes. Being on a sugar-free, flour-free, dairy-free anti-cancer diet can have some challenges when it comes to delicious and fulfilling desserts that are good for you.
Well, guess what? The quest is over!
Introducing: Healthy, Delicious (and nutritious) Brownies! Yum!
I'm excited to share this new healthy and delicious Brownie recipe with you, hoping you'll dive into a whole new adventure and try out this, admittedly, very odd recipe that will surprise and delight you.
When I first found it, I thought "Yuk! Weird ingredients." But, I was wrong. I made a couple of adjustments to the original, wonderful and simpler recipe I found at HealingOracle.com (out of necessity and a couple of trial runs) and ta-da! Now YOU can enjoy the results.
Let me tell you about the very unexpected ingredients first (stay with me though, it's worth it!)
Yams, avocado, almond butter, banana, almond flour, a touch of real maple syrup, coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder which is non-roasted) optional pecans or walnuts and shredded coconut for the festive top.
You'll notice the photo above has no banana. That's because my avocado wasn't fully ripe! I could only use half, so I had to quickly improvise, grabbed a banana, and it turned out to be a great addition.
(Spot the label in Spanish? We have a Costco here near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Same products, but Spanish labels!)
WHY IS THIS DESSERT RECIPE BETTER FOR YOU?
Let me first say: if you - or someone you love - are dealing with cancer, even though you may be on a restricted diet, please let yourself enjoy this treat. It's especially difficult to eat well during the holidays, with so many tempting foods, right?
This is one recipe you can feel good about. And, you can introduce a healthy, great-tasting dessert to your family and friends. Just don't tell them what it is, until after they say: These are delicious! What's in here?
Typical brownie mixes in the store that come in a box are usually laden with sugar, white processed flour, powdered eggs, and preservatives. All of that promotes inflammation and is not supportive of an anti-cancer way of eating, which avoids inflammation and leans toward a more alkaline state.
This recipe is not only delicious, it's super nutritious too, full of anti-oxidants, fiber and healthy fats. Here's part of why this is a much healthier choice:
Avocados are one of nature's most wonderful nutrient-dense superfoods, rich sources of essential amino acids, fatty acids, and antioxidant phytonutrients.
Yams are a great source of fiber, potassium, manganese, and antioxidants and are linked to various health benefits: boost brain health, reduce inflammation, and improve blood sugar control.
Almond butter is high in monounsaturated fat, the type of fat linked to a reduction in heart disease and better blood sugar control.
Cocoa boasts more antioxidants than many other antioxidant-rich foods per serving size — including green tea, black tea, and red wine. Luckily, it's a wonderful part of an anti-cancer regimen.
So... enough of the science stuff and onward with the recipe!
INGREDIENTS (organic would be great where you can)
1 cup mashed avocado (about 1 avocado)
1 ripe banana
1 cup cooked yams or sweet potato
1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 tbsp real maple syrup
1/2 - 3/4 almond flour or almond meal (blanched or unblanched)
3-4 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
walnuts or pecans to taste (optional)
1/2 cup stevia sweetened Lily's Dark Chocolate chips. (Optional though they add a nice chocolatey, satisfying touch.)
shredded unsweetened coconut to decorate top.
Preheat oven to 325° F. Line an 8" x 8" square glass pyrex or a regular size loaf pan with parchment paper, or grease it with coconut oil.
Blend all ingredients in a blender, except for walnuts, chocolate chips and shredded coconut.
Mix walnuts and chips in at the end. Pour unto pan. Use a spatula to smooth the batter across the pan evenly, as it will be sticky and thick.
Bake for 20 minutes or so.
NOTE: This recipe comes out softer than normal brownies (no eggs). Check that the edges have become harder, yet not burned. The center will likely be really moist. It thickens up as it cools.
Once it cools, place in the fridge. Cut into squares and sprinkle with
shredded coconut, and ENJOY!
I'd love to hear what you think of this recipe. And, if you have other fabulous healthy dessert recipes, please share the links with us in the COMMENTS below.
Here's to a new baking adventure and beautiful holidays with loved ones!
Send you a Big Hug,