Gluten-free coconut fudge brownies that are everything a brownie should be
This article is shared with permission from our friends at drjockers.com.
I am not alone when I say that I love brownies! I love their texture, the taste, the layers and most importantly the chocolate. Unfortunately, most brownies are pretty much sugar in square form.
That’s why I love these Coconut Fudge Brownies! Chocolate and coconut are a phenomenal superfood combination that boosts brain function and neurotransmitter activity. The pasture-raised eggs provide high quality protein, fat soluble anti-oxidants, CLA and omega-3 fatty acids!
Coconut Flour: The better choice
Instead of using refined flour, this recipes uses coconut flour. Coconut flour is an excellent low, carb prebiotic fiber that is a great base and provides our digestive system with good fuel to support a healthy microbiome. In addition, it comes with the following health benefits:
- Coconut flour is gluten free which is extremely beneficial for those of us with a gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Anyone with a gluten intolerance is at risk of gluten damaging the lining of their small intestines. This can block our intestine from absorbing nutrients in food.
- Coconut flour can reduce our risk of heart disease because it lowers our cholesterol levels. This is due to the high levels of dietary fiber found in coconut flour.
- Coconut flour is packed with proteins (38% of our recommended daily intake) which is much higher than any other type of flour.
Health benefits of stevia
Megan’s original recipe calls for grade B maple syrup, but I substituted chocolate flavored (Sweet Leaf) stevia in order to keep this low carb.
- Stevia is a leafy plant found in South america which is transformed into a sweetener by crushing its leaves.
- It is all natural and zero-calories consisting of two major compounds, Stevioside and Rebaudioside A.
- Stevioside, the compound in stevia has the ability to lower blood pressure when it’s elevated.
- Stevia can improve insulin in our bloodstream helping to lower blood sugar levels. This directly benefits people with type 2 diabetes.
25 drops should be sufficient but feel free to flavor to your desired level of sweetness!
Finally, grass-fed butter is rich in butyrate which helps to heal the intestinal lining and the combination of ingredients has a great ketogenic effect on the body which reduces inflammation and improves fat burning.
Coconut Fudge Brownies
This recipe is from my friend Megan Kelly. She has an incredible blog and is a Licensed Estheticain specializing in holistic nutrition, woman’s hormones, and spiritual health.
Prep time: 15- 20 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
- 6 tbsps of coconut flour
- 1/2 cup of cacao powder
- ½ cup of grass-fed butter
- 2 tbsps of coconut oil
- 3 pasture-raised eggs
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 25 drops of chocolate stevia
- 1 pinch of pink salt
- 1/2 cup of organic Chocolate chips
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- ½ cup of organic honey or grade B maple syrup instead of stevia
- Preheat the oven to 300 and grease a glass baking dish (8×8 or 9×9).
- Mix together all ingredients. You can do this by hand or with an electric mixer or high-powered blender.
- Pour into the baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes before cutting or removing from the pan.
- These store well at room temperature or in the fridge for a few days. Make sure you keep them in an airtight container.