Thursday, March 7, 2013

Paleo brownies.

You need these in your life.

For real. These brownies are soooo good and when you eat them, you will swear that there is no way they are sugar-free/grain-free. And yet they are!

I found a recipe for these Magic Brownie Bars on the PaleoOMG site. They looked delicious and since I've been craving dessert, I had to try them. Still wanting to be basically sugar-free with my eating, and not having any coconut flour on hand, I had to change up the recipe a bit but it didn't matter. I've never had the original so I can't compare my version but I do think they are great and they don't miss the extra honey called for in the original recipe.

So . . . here's the recipe:


Brownie layer:
15 dried medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup coconut manna (liquified)
1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa
2 tbs almond flour
3 eggs, whisked
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

Coconut layer:
1-1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
4 tbs coconut manna (liquified)
1 tbs honey
2 egg whites


Preheat the oven to 365 degrees (yup, that's 365).

Put dates in a food processor and process until they form a clump. Add coconut manna and cocoa and process until smooth.

Add remaining ingredients and process until combined and smooth.

Spread into an 8 x 8 pan lined with greased aluminum foil.

For the coconut layer, mix first 3 ingredients together in a bowl. Add well-whisked egg whites and stir to combine.

Pour topping over the brownie layer and spread to cover the whole surface.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool. Cut into bars and enjoy!


And, OK, OK. They aren't 100% sugar free. But, look, there's only one measly tablespoon of honey in the whole batch. And when you think of that one tablespoon of honey spread across the entire pan of brownies . . . well, that means there's hardly any honey in any given bar. So, really, basically sugar free!

Yes, I am justifying the use of honey!

Try them out for yourself. And let me know what you think!

Have a great day, everyone!


Carla Birnberg said...

OOOOH and ((share))

Lisa Eirene said...

What is "coconut manna (liquified)"? I googled it and it seems like maybe it's just melted coconut oil? Maybe?

The Happy Runner said...

Lisa -- sorry. I should have clarified. Coconut manna is little coconut butter. I use the Nutiva brand but I'm pretty sure that coconut butter is just about the same thing. It hardens up at room temp, so you need to heat it to make it liquid.

Kammie @ Sensual Appeal said...

Thee sound sooo good!!

GiGi EatsCelebrities said...

OMG so creative and crazy awesome!! PAAAA-LEEE-OOO! Ha Ha! That's my Paleo Cheer... If only you could hear me say it! ;)

Sarah Kopf said...

Those look amazing!


Anonymous said...

I'm not a paleo eater, but I'd sure enjoy those. Well, here goes...
A woman goes to see her doctor about her weight and he puts her on a diet.
"I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for
two weeks. The next time I see you, you'll have lost at least five pounds."
When the woman returns, she's lost nearly 20 pounds.
"Why, that's amazing!" the doctor says. "Did you follow my instructions?"
She nods and replies. "I'll tell you, though, I thought I was going to drop dead that third day."
"From hunger, you mean?" asked the doctor.
"No, from skipping!"

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