chocolate quinoa brownies

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in desserts, featured | 0 comments

I made these brownies for my kids after school, and they loved them so much that they insisted on taking the picture for this post.  So, the picture above is a collaboration of both of their efforts.  A really good moist and fudgy brownie is one of my family’s favorite treats.  And a treat this one is.  It is quite rich, but it is oh so delicious!  I sweetened these brownies with Madhava Coconut Sugar, which is a natural sweetener derived from the sugar blossoms of fresh coconuts that are sliced to release the sap or nectar.  The nectar is boiled into what is almost like a thick caramel and then dried into crystals.  Nothing is removed during this process, so coconut sugar stil contains all of its minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus, and boron.  It also contains 16 of the 20 amino acids, especially glutamic acid.  Glutamic acid makes glutamine, and glutamine helps regulate metabolism.  Coconut sugar is a good natural gentle sweetener to use in place of white table sugar, as it has a very low glycemic index of 35.  However, it is still sugar, so remember small portion sizes! Enjoy!

chocolate quinoa brownies
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Recipe type: dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 4 squares unsweetened baking chocolate
  • ¾ cup raw coconut oil
  • 2 cups Madhava Coconut Sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • Optional: chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees or 325 for glass baking dishes.
  2. Grease a 8 x 8 baking dish with coconut oil.
  3. Melt chocolate squares and coconut oil in a small saucespan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir coconut sugar into chocolate mixture until well blended.
  5. Stir eggs and vanilla into chocolate mixture until well blended.
  6. Stir in flour, xanthan gum, and optional nuts until well blended.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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