Vegan Grain-Free Brownies
Want to eat a delicious guilt-free grain-free vegan brownie? Look no further!
I’ll confess, I”m not a big chocolate person. I don’t get the cravings for chocolate that my husband and kids do. Given the choice between a slice of chocolate cake or chips and salsa, I’ll take the chips and salsa every time.
That said, once and a while, I do want something sweet and since my family loves chocolate, I decided to try something new and see how it turned out. You know what? It turned out GREAT!
Now, let me tell you, there were some brownies back in Richmond, VA which I LOVED. They were vegan and they were AMAZING! If you’re ever in Richmond, head over to Stony Point and Good Foods Grocery. They have a cafe with delicious sandwiches, smoothies and the best vegan brownies I’ve ever tasted. They were made with black beans and I begged for the recipe, but never got it.
I will try out a black bean recipe one day. I just decided to try this one first. It has that Reese-cup element to it since it’s made with peanut butter. Don’t worry, if you’re allergic to peanut butter, I’m sure you can substitute with almond or cashew butter.
I will confess that as I’m writing this blog post, I am also eating one of the brownies with my coffee. I usually try and eat raw vegan until dinner, but these brownies have nothing in them that I wouldn’t eat naturally, so I don’t feel in the least bit guilty about indulging my sweet tooth this morning.
So, what’s in these bad boys? Well, some organic peanut butter for one. I get mine fresh ground from Whole Foods. There’s also ripe organic bananas and organic cacao powder.
There’s also organic maple syrup …
I’m telling you. If you’re trying to eat healthy and want chocolate, then this recipe is the ticket.
Vegan Grain-Free Brownie Recipe
Preheat your oven to 350.
2 ripened organic bananas (so they are easily mushed)
3 Tablespoons organic cacao powder
1 cup of natural peanut butter (you can sub other nut butters if you’re allergic to peanuts)
1/2 cup of maple syrup
6 pitted dates
You can leave the recipe at that, or you can do what I do and add either:
1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips or 1/2 cup vegan white chocolate chips
What I did. I grabbed my food processor and dumped everything except the chips in. I pulsed until it was smooth. I added the vegan chocolate chips and pulsed a couple of times to mix them in then poured into a greased (I use coconut oil) glass pan. Mine was 9 x 9.
Bake those brownies for about 30 to 35 minutes and you’ll have yourself an amazing, fudge-like brownie in no time.