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Healthy paleo brownie recipe needs some help?

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Created September 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM

My friends birthday is coming up and she wants me to make her super healthy brownies. I'm trying to make them as paleo as possible, but I want to make sure she loves them. She loves dark chocolate. If I make her anything, it has to include dark chocolate. She's allergic to coconut. I was thinking about these ingredients.. Ingredients 3 Cubes dark chocolate 1 Banana 1 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder 6 egg whites 1.5 tbs baking soda 1.5 tbs extra virgin olive oil 1 tbs cinnamon 2 tbs almond milk 1 tbs honey

Would this actually make brownies? How many? (I want them to bake 10 or more) I also have no idea how to bake this..Help please? And please dont comment any recipes unless they contain only these ingredients. I tried yahoo answers earlier, that was such a mistake.:P

Thank you!!!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 29, 2012
at 09:15 PM

AWESOME!!! THANKS!!! (See, excited, you can tell by the caps-lock)

E4faef53346e45f644ef905ab99ccb28

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on September 29, 2012
at 08:17 PM

Paleomg has an amazing sweet potato brownie recipe here: http://paleomg.com/sweet-potato-brownies/

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 28, 2012
at 10:27 PM

I really do like rice syrup or pure granulated glucose. Less sweet and easier on me. Fructose isn't my friend. Just a potential tweak.

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on September 28, 2012
at 09:41 PM

@Aisling: Well, for one thing these brownies don't contain any wheat or grain. Also, Sucanat is dried juice from sugar cane, it supposedly has more nutrients and contains less sucrose than refined sugar. I am not saying these are as healthful as eating a head of broccoli, but they are better than standard brownies.

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on September 28, 2012
at 09:35 PM

@Aisling: Well, for one thing these brownies don't contain any wheat or grain. Also, Sucanat is dried juice from sugar cane, it has more nurtients and contains less sucrose than refined sugar. I am not saying these are as healthful as eating a head of brocoli, but they are better than standard brownies.

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on September 28, 2012
at 09:33 PM

Yeah, 1.5 tablespoons of baking soda is not likely to work well. 1.5 teaspoons is more than most recipes. I usually use about 1/2-1 tsp. And yeah, I could make suggestions, but not if limited to those ingredients.

E791387b2829c660292308092dc3ca9b

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on September 28, 2012
at 09:20 PM

What makes a flourless cake work is all the sugar and fat. And generally they also have cocoa powder which gives them some firmness too.

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on September 28, 2012
at 09:17 PM

If you are going to eat that why not just make real brownies and be done with it? Refined sugar and a cup of chocolate chips equals SAD. And yeah Sucanat is refined sugar.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on September 28, 2012
at 08:36 PM

Oh and all butter is interchangeable for ghee.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on September 28, 2012
at 08:35 PM

If you really want icing, melt chocolate, add butter. It will be lovely spreadable. If you do any dairy, add cream cheese to the mix.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on September 28, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Oh, that's super similar to the recipe I posted below, but minus the nuts. Validation, haha.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on September 28, 2012
at 08:33 PM

"High, I'm buzz kill who has never eaten anything outside my sacred diet". We know your type...

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on September 28, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Actually just using eggs for the body of a classic "flourless cake" is a really common method. We used to do that for our "brownie cakes" at a catering company I worked at, it sounds like an omlete situation, but turns out incredibly rich and light.

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on September 13, 2012
at 09:13 PM

+1 for sucanat! I feel that it is under-appreciated by the Paleo community.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Ah come on, a little treat for a special occasion isn't so bad.

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:20 PM

Go to paleomg.com and use one of her recipes. They are amazing and divine.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on September 12, 2012
at 07:40 PM

"And please dont comment any recipes unless they contain only these ingredients." So you just want US to tell you how YOUR recipe will turn out? Wow-za.

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on September 12, 2012
at 07:35 PM

What binder are you using? That is A LOT of baking soda. Why not the whole egg???

98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

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www.paleomg.com

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on September 12, 2012
at 07:33 PM

Why don't you make a test batch and see how they come out. Then you can tweak them as desired.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on September 12, 2012
at 07:52 PM

Ingredients 3 Cubes dark chocolate 1 Banana 1 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder 6 egg whites 1.5 tbs baking soda 1.5 tbs extra virgin olive oil 1 tbs cinnamon 2 tbs almond milk 1 tbs honey

That will make a rather horrifying omelet like creation.

Brownies need the right body, or they are just not brownies. You can't go from wheat-based brownies to egg and still call the concoction "brownies" - you need to add a nut flour or starch of some kind in there. I'm imagining a child eating what you described, taking a bite, looking at you to see if you are tricking her or him, and then crying as they realize there are no brownies, just a sad, brown pancake that tastes vaguely of eggs, tears, and a fleeting childhood.

Furthermore, brownies often have frosting, which frankly would take this recipe to the edge of paleo-ified desserts, and well into "faileo". You can probably get away with topping the main brownie body with dark chocolate squares, ideally slightly melted.

If you're going to make a paleo-ified dessert, checkout a site like http://www.elanaspantry.com/ , find a recipe that sounds like what you want, but replace any suggestion of coconut{oil, flour, milk, meat, or sugar} with butter, almond flour, cow/goat milk, and any other sweetener. Search google for sugar to {honey, agave, molasses} conversion ratios.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on September 28, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Actually just using eggs for the body of a classic "flourless cake" is a really common method. We used to do that for our "brownie cakes" at a catering company I worked at, it sounds like an omlete situation, but turns out incredibly rich and light.

E791387b2829c660292308092dc3ca9b

(831)

on September 28, 2012
at 09:20 PM

What makes a flourless cake work is all the sugar and fat. And generally they also have cocoa powder which gives them some firmness too.

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707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

on September 12, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Check www.paleoomg.com and www.fastpaleo.com to look for tried and true recipes (and read the comments to see what other people thought, too!)-- that usually works out best for me as baking is science-based, so the ratios and cooking times need to be spot on or you've got a gloppy mess or dried out nastiness.

I make these: www.livefabuLESS.com/brownie-bites If nuts are okay (not coconut, but nuts) these are the BOMB-- and they require no baking (take about 3 minutes to make-- and my entire family LOVES them!)

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on September 12, 2012
at 08:06 PM

I would make a flourless brownie recipe such as Nigella Lawson's recipe: http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/flourless-chocolate-brownies

It is basically chocolate, sugar, butter and eggs (plus nuts if wanted). I don't know what would make a brownie "healthy" to your friend - is she paleo? If she isn't paleo and healthy to her means low fat (seeing that you included egg whites) I would go with a gluten free brownie mix and exchange eggs for egg whites. Gluten Free Pantry is a really tasty brand. When it comes to cooking and baking for others, I just try to make what they want, and keep the paleoish needs out of it and skip having a piece myself if I find the ingredients egregious. Especially for a birthday cake type item - it should be special for your friend and not a time to push paleo, unless she is into it.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on September 28, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Oh, that's super similar to the recipe I posted below, but minus the nuts. Validation, haha.

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3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

on September 13, 2012
at 02:07 PM

No matter if it is paleo, if it is a brownie or tastes anteing like one, it is not healthy. This is akin to "healthy whole wheat."

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on September 28, 2012
at 08:33 PM

"High, I'm buzz kill who has never eaten anything outside my sacred diet". We know your type...

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Ah come on, a little treat for a special occasion isn't so bad.

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Bd4b2b215390f944abc064178d7d0ac5

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on September 13, 2012
at 02:39 AM

Almond Butter Brownies

1 (16 ounce) jar creamy roasted almond butter

2 eggs

1 cup sucanat sweetener (or your sweetener of choice)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

?? cup cacao powder

?? teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, blend almond butter until smooth with a hand blender or large spoon Blend in eggs, then blend in sucanat and vanilla (you may want to dissolve the sucanat in a few teaspoons of water, first) Blend in cacao, salt and baking soda, then fold in chocolate chips Grease a 9x13 inch Pyrex baking dish Spread batter into dish Bake at 325?? for 35-40 minutes

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on September 13, 2012
at 09:13 PM

+1 for sucanat! I feel that it is under-appreciated by the Paleo community.

Bd4b2b215390f944abc064178d7d0ac5

(10)

on September 28, 2012
at 09:35 PM

@Aisling: Well, for one thing these brownies don't contain any wheat or grain. Also, Sucanat is dried juice from sugar cane, it has more nurtients and contains less sucrose than refined sugar. I am not saying these are as healthful as eating a head of brocoli, but they are better than standard brownies.

Bd4b2b215390f944abc064178d7d0ac5

(10)

on September 28, 2012
at 09:41 PM

@Aisling: Well, for one thing these brownies don't contain any wheat or grain. Also, Sucanat is dried juice from sugar cane, it supposedly has more nutrients and contains less sucrose than refined sugar. I am not saying these are as healthful as eating a head of broccoli, but they are better than standard brownies.

E791387b2829c660292308092dc3ca9b

(831)

on September 28, 2012
at 09:17 PM

If you are going to eat that why not just make real brownies and be done with it? Refined sugar and a cup of chocolate chips equals SAD. And yeah Sucanat is refined sugar.

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on September 29, 2012
at 06:14 AM

Unsolicited response, but here you go: if your friend isn't paleo, just make her the damn brownies with flour and sugar. It's her birthday. No one deserves to eat faileo on their birthday.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 28, 2012
at 10:26 PM

I've been playing with a recipe that is -

Mushed yam

Eggs

Cocoa powder

backing powder

Vanilla

I don't have quite the right proportions but all the mistakes have been really tasty.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 29, 2012
at 09:15 PM

AWESOME!!! THANKS!!! (See, excited, you can tell by the caps-lock)

E4faef53346e45f644ef905ab99ccb28

(83)

on September 29, 2012
at 08:17 PM

Paleomg has an amazing sweet potato brownie recipe here: http://paleomg.com/sweet-potato-brownies/

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on September 28, 2012
at 08:30 PM

Simple and I swear these taste good and made them waaaaay before I was paleo just because they are really good. I do them in ramekins or muffin tins, so not exactly "brownies" but little lava cakes that are birthday-friendly. Taste a lot like a brownie though.

-4 eggs

Whip to 3x volume (yolk and white)

-8 oz chocolate

-1/4 c butter

-1/4-1/2 c sugar

melted over a double boiler. whisk.

Fold chocolate mix into egg froth. Immediately pour in ramekins and put in 375-400 degree oven. Should only take 8ish minutes. Pop out when still gooey in the middle if you want lava cakes, keep cooking for a bit if you want brownies.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on September 28, 2012
at 08:35 PM

If you really want icing, melt chocolate, add butter. It will be lovely spreadable. If you do any dairy, add cream cheese to the mix.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 28, 2012
at 10:27 PM

I really do like rice syrup or pure granulated glucose. Less sweet and easier on me. Fructose isn't my friend. Just a potential tweak.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on September 28, 2012
at 08:36 PM

Oh and all butter is interchangeable for ghee.

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on September 13, 2012
at 01:18 PM

I have made these from Fast Paleo before and they are amazing! Only change I made was to add 2 TBSP of 100% cocoa powder to the mix and I used a few 90% dark chocolate bars that I "chipped" up myself. They were better than any "normal" brownie I ever had.

http://fastpaleo.com/zucchini-brownies/

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98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

on September 12, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Not a baker but...Smother some almond butter on that, and you are good to go :)

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on September 12, 2012
at 07:34 PM

www.paleomg.com

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