Enough said! Let's just get right to the recipe!!
But first, I want to talk about honey, raw honey. I should specify that I use raw honey in my recipes for the health benefits it provides. Raw honey is not only an anti-bacterial, anti--viral and anti-fungal substance, but it also contains many phytonutrients. When raw honey is extensively processed and heated, the benefits of these phytonutrients are largely eliminated. Make sure to always buy raw.
When my recipes call for honey, I use raw honey unless I want to go lower on the amount of sugar in a recipe. When that's the case, I use Nature's Hollow Honey that is sweetened with Xylitol. Xylitol is a safe natural sweetener made from birch trees. Xylitol is not only safe, but it's also good for teeth and stabilizes blood sugar levels without the bad side effects of sugar and artificial substitutes.
Another benefit besides being a great sweetener, Xylitol can activate the glutathonie pathway in the body. Glutathonie is one of the bodies most powerful antioxidants. Red blood cells take up xylitol quickly and fight free radical damage.
The recipe will be delicious regardless of what honey you choose to use. I find that Nature's Hollow is not as sweet as raw honey so you may need to adjust the amount a tiny bit. As with any recipe and sweetener, I add less than what's called for and taste it before adding the full amount.
Recipe: Double Chocolate Gooey Brownies
- 1 1/2 cups roasted almond butter
- 1/2 cup almond flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips, divided in half (Use Enjoy Life Brand for dairy free)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- In a double boiler or in a pan over simmering water, melt 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips with the almond butter
- In a small mixing bowl, mix the almond flour, baking soda and salt and set aside
- In a large bowl whisk the egg, add the melted mixture, vanilla and honey
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well
- Fold in the additional 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Pour the mixture into a greased 8x8 glass pan for thick gooey brownies or into a larger glass pan for thinner brownies
- Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes for the 8x8. A larger pan will take less time
Any nut butter will work in this recipe. I used Whole Foods fresh grind almond butter. You could add chopped nuts to this if you desire, fold in with the additional chocolate chips.
I love under cooked gooey brownies and that is exactly what you get with this recipe! I have not tried using anything larger than an 8x8 pan. Please let us know if you do and if they are still as gooey!