Sometimes the best things in life are (sugar-) free, like these brownies. Maple syrup sweetens this classic dessert just perfectly, and I promise you that the eggs, milk, and butter simply wonâ€™t be missed, except for maybe by your love handles. Trust me on this one. You canâ€™t get much better than this.
Why do these babies glow? Well, per the title of this post, you can guess why they donâ€™t not glow, and thatâ€™s justification enough. But if you need more reason, letâ€™s talk about the (wal)nuts and bolts of this recipe.
Walnuts: contain healthy omega-3s, which protect arteries, improve brain function, prevent gallstones, are a rich source of melatonin, which helps you sleep, protect bone health, stop weight gain, and help diabetes.
Cook Time: 25 minutes
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup chopped walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup canola oil (or coconut oil)
- 1 tsp vanilla
Combine the dry ingredients (but only 1/2 cup of the chopped walnuts) in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients and stir until evenly combined. The mixture will be thick and fudge-like.
Spread into an ungreased 8×8 glass pan, top with the remaining 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 20-25 minutes. To check if itâ€™s ready, push down on the center with your index finger. If you sense resistance, itâ€™s done.
Serve and enjoy without an ounce of guilt!
They are light, but rich and decadent. Score!
I wanted to share these. I really did.
In the spirit of the holiday, Iâ€™ve turned my go-to, 1-ingredient soft-serve into a festive dessert. Not much more fuss than the original, this recipe involves the addition of refreshing mint and a garnish of cacao powder and chopped pistachios. Super easy, super satisfying, and it does wonders for your breath!
- 4 bananas, peeled, chopped and frozen
- 1 handful of fresh mint leaves
- 1 tbsp of chopped pistachios
- Cocoa powder for garnish
Peel and chop the banana into fourths and pop into plastic bag and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours. When theyâ€™re frozen, food process the banana pieces with about 1-2 tbsp of water and a handful of fresh mint.
Serve the soft-serve in single serving bowls and garnish with pistachios, cocoa powder and mint leaves.
SO delicious! Itâ€™s also a great palette cleanser.
If I knew how easy it were to make my own nut butter, I would have started doing so ages ago. It takes a little patience depending on the nut you are using, but it really is just a matter of food processing nuts until they are creamy. While Americans are all about the peanuts, almonds, and cashews, Turks are mostly pistachio and hazelnut-focused. So, in an attempt to make hazelnut butter, I took it a step further by adding some cacao and honey, mimicking the flavors of nutella. The mixture turned out a bit thicker than expected, but I imagine had I used more nuts, it would have remained creamy due to the oils. Nonetheless, the result was insanely delicious, and with the part that I didnâ€™t eat out of the food processor with a spoon, I made bite-sized balls to freeze for a cool snack throughout the day.
- 1 cup roasted hazelnuts
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Food process 1 cup of hazelnuts until creamy, only stopping to scrape down the sides for a more thorough blend.
Add one overflowing tablespoon of honey, 3/4-1 tbsp of cacao powder, vanilla extract, and a dash of sea salt.
Food process until evenly combined. The resulting mixture will hold together but be very soft.
Form bite-sized balls and eat as is, or place them on parchment paper and pop into the freezer.