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Rich and Creamy Almond Butter Brownies with Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil

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Brownies were my all time favourite go-to chocolate recipe as a kid. I loved fudge brownies, peanut butter brownies and milk chocolate brownies (so pretty much any kind of brownie). Of course as you grow older what you love to eat and what you should be eating doesn’t always match up.

In this case we finally have a recipe that tackles the good while also being a moist, chocolatey brownie. They have substituted classic peanut butter for almond butter and it’s grain free! This chocolate almond butter brownie is the chocolatey healthy treat that will allow you to have your cake and eat it too.

Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter

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  • Almond butter contains vitamin E which regular peanut butter lacks. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, protecting your body from free-radicals (or toxins) that enter our body. While peanut butter does contain Vitamin E it cannot compare to the 27% of your daily Vitamin E content that almond butter gives us.

  • Almond butter also contains twice as much magnesium as peanut butter. Magnesium is essential for your nervous system, bone tissue and helps to support your metabolism.

  • Almond butter beats peanut butter in iron content as well. Iron promotes healthy oxygen transports to various parts of your body. Iron is also essential for protecting your cells against oxidative damage.

Overall almond butter gives us more vitamins and minerals than peanut butter could. Almond butter helps our body stay strong against toxins. Almond butter is the better choice.

More on Almond Butter

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  • Almond butter is high in calcium and copper. These two minerals are essential in keeping our nervous system functioning and calcium also helps you aid your muscle functions.

  • Because of its high fiber and fat contents, almond butter is extremely beneficial for our cardiovascular system. The 18 grams of fat per serving is almost primarily unsaturated fats which can improve the fat levels in our blood cholesterol. These fats are also extremely beneficial for energy.

  • Since almond butter is high in fiber as well this can improve our cholesterol levels and can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Fiber also aids with digestion.

Almond butter lives up to its popularity because of all of these health benefits. It’s an amazing way to make something twice as healthy. It’s also delicious! This Chocolate Almond Butter Brownie recipe is the perfect way to get more almond butter into your diet.

 This recipe is shared with permission from our friends at blog.paleohacks.com.


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Chocolate Almond Butter Brownies

healthy brownies

 

Serves: 9-16
Prep time:7 minutes
Cook time:15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup creamy almond butter

  • ½ cup coconut milk

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

  • 3 tbsp organic maple syrup

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tsp baking soda

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 tbsp creamy almond butter for drizzle

  • Optional: 2 tbsp dairy free chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. In a large bowl, combine almond butter, eggs, milk, coconut oil, syrup, and vanilla; stir with an electric mixer.

  3. Add cocoa, baking soda and salt and mix. Optional: hand stir in dairy free chocolate chips.

  4. Spray an 8×8 dish with nonstick spray and pour batter evenly into pan.

  5. Melt 2 tbsp almond butter (either in microwave or over stovetop) and drizzle overtop of chocolate batter.

  6. Place pan in oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until brownies are cooked through.

  7. Remove from oven and allow 10 minutes or so for brownies to cool.

  8. Cut, serve and enjoy!

Sources:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3153/2

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/advantages-almond-butter-compared-peanut-butter-6541.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/376742-almond-butter-benefits/

blog.paleohacks.com

Image Sources:

http://blog.paleohacks.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Chocolate_Almond_Butter_Brownies_1.jpg


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