A friend of mine is on "The Virgin Diet” (gluten free, soy free, dairy free, egg free, no sugar) and recently was telling me how she was dreaming of just eating a brownie. I got to thinking that I’m sure a great fudgy brownie could be made with a couple substitutions. I’ve been trying to lose baby weight (cough my baby is 7 months old) still, so I thought it’d be great to find a dessert recipe that was somewhat healthy for me. These were delicious and RICH. Even me a lover of chocolate could only eat half of one in a sitting because they are so rich. But they were the perfect way to satisfy a craving for chocolate in a healthy way. My friend loved them too! (Even though they do have maple syrup and agave which I don't know if those are technically okay on the diet, but it was a tiny splurge ;)
I started off with a recipe from Grain Free Foodie, found here. I altered it slightly to make it dairy and egg free, and have noted my alterations below. Then I added my favorite healthy chocolate frosting made with coconut oil. I love frosted brownies. My husband loves them unfrosted. We have been known to frost half the pan and divide the treats.
- 2/3 c.
honey(I used 1/3 c. maple syrup, 1/3 c. agave nectar—but I’m sure honey tastes great too, just didn’t have any)
- 1/2 c.
melted buttermelted coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
3 eggs1 c. applesauce
- 1 c.
almond flourbrown rice flour (almond flour is pretty expensive (like $10 for a 4 cups) so I opted for gluten free brown rice flour)
- 1/2 c. cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Raw Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:
- 1 c. coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 c. cocoa
- 2/3 c. agave nectar