Paleo brownies with raw chocolate ‘icing’

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This recipe has been modified from one that I was sent from a lovely patient who found it on the ‘eat drink paleo’ website. So, as it goes with all great recipes, I added my own little twist and am sharing it with you. I hope that you will do the same with your family and friends!

The reasons I love this recipe so much are:

  1. They taste amazing!
  2. They take almost no time to cook
  3. Gluten free, dairy free and only contain natural sugars – you can make them lower carb too by switching the honey for xylitol
  4. Nut free – you can add these to the kids lunch boxes!

Note: I double the recipe because I know how quickly these get eaten.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato – equivalent to 2-3 cups when grated
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut oil (warmed to liquid if it happens to be solid)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder – sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 ½ tablespoons of coconut flour

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 185°C. Make sure that the oven is hot before putting the brownies in
  • Combine, sweet potato, eggs, oil, vanilla and honey in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Add cacao, baking powder, baking soda and stir.
  • Add coconut flour last – being careful not to add too much or else your brownies will dry out. Stir well.
  • Pour into a lined tin. I use a 14’ by 10.5’ tin for a double batch.
  • Cook in oven for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from tin (if you can)

Raw chocolate ‘icing’

Ingredients:

  • Cacao butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Raw cacao
  • Honey or maple syrup (you can use xylitol instead if you are very carb conscious, but it will not dissolve and will stay crunchy – it tastes fine, but if you are after a smooth texture, then use honey or maple syrup)

Method

Combine all ingredients in a small pot on the stove. Stir regularly until cocoa butter and honey have melted and a even consistency has been achieved. Pour over your brownie and enjoy!

Brownie can be cut and stored in the freezer if you think that it won’t all get devoured in a couple of days.

BNH shopping list

Cacao powder – raw

Cacao butter

Coconut oil

Vanilla essence

Coconut flour

Honey

Aluminium free baking powder

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Katherine Maslen

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