I can’t believe it’s December and we are nearing the end of the year!
I hope you have met a goal, two or three, exceeded your expectations, or have at least learned a lot to propel you into the new year.
I thought to end this year by bringing you a treat. One that my husband, I and father-in-law have a hard time not devouring as soon as they are made, but we are nice and save some for my mother-in-law too. Seriously though when they come for the holidays and I make these they are gone within 48 hours.
I did mention they are guiltless right? How so you may ask, it’s a brownie for goodness sakes.
When I indulge in making sweet treats at home I’ve come to a place in my life where it’s best that they are made gluten-free and have a low sugar content. So to answer your question, they are flourless…ooooh low carbs and are sweetened with maple sugar….ooooh and no refined sugar.
There are health benefits to boot too in this delightful, little brownie:
- Chickpeas are the hero to take place of flour and they are chocked full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. Can we say energy boost!
- Maple syrup gives these brownies just the right amount of sweetness while delivering loads of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and it helps to fight against inflammation and provides a low glycemic level keeping you from a sugar crash just to name a few.
So not only are these brownies guiltless, but they help to improve your immune system when you choose these two lovely alternates when baking delicious brownies to occasionally cater to your sweet tooth.
I wish I could take credit for all this health forward yumminess, but I have to give props where props are due – I got it from the cookbook: Fixate. A cookbook that focuses on healthy and delicious recipes centered around portion control. It’s in my kitchen and is a go-to for making meals and treats at home that I’m actually excited to eat.
Ok, I won’t keep you any longer as it’s time to give up the recipe so you can make it for yourself and peeps.
The Actor Fit Guiltless Brownie
Organic Coconut oil or grass-fed butter
1(15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1/4 cup organic grass-fed butter or ghee butter, melted (or extra-virgin organic coconut oil)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup pure dark maple syrup
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup organic unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder, gluten- free
1 pinch sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
1/4 cup semi-sweet (or dark) chocolate chips (healthy brand, Enjoy Life). Also can omit.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Line 9 x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly coat with coconut oil or butter. Set aside.
- Place chickpeas, butter, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in blender (or food processor); cover. Blend until smooth.
- Add chocolate chips; mix by hand until blended.
- Evenly spread batter into prepared pan.
- Bake for 25 t0 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of brownies comes out clean.
- Cut into squares.
Tip 1: You can also use an 8 x 8-inch pan to bake brownies. They will be a little thicker.
Tip 2: Top them off with dark chocolate chips for more delicious fun.
Variation: You can substitute cannellini beans for garbanzo beans. They make a little smoother brownie.
Actor friends enjoy a warm brownie or two as you reflect on your year and aspirations for the new one to come. They will help you, your gratitude and creative mind SHINE!