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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Coconut Flour Brownies

 Rich and fudge-y, these Coconut Flour Brownies might be the perfect choice for you if you are following a specific exclusion diet or, if you are like me and, just want to try something a little better-for-you than traditional brownies!

Coconut Flour Brownies | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - gluten free, grain free, dairy free  healthy recipe for brownies



Stepping a little away from my comfort zone here with these Coconut Flour Brownies!  I normally don't post recipes that are specific to any kind of exclusion diet unless the recipe naturally fits that category, however, when I saw these Coconut Flour Brownies on my friend Katrina's blog, Baking and Boys, I felt compelled to give them a try.  I'm really glad I did!  

I had purchased coconut flour some time ago, when it was on sale at Target with really no specific use in mind.  I read that coconut flour was a good high fiber, lower carbohydrate substitute for all purpose flour in baked goods and thought I'd give it a try sometime.  I stumbled across this brownie recipe a few weeks ago and I knew this was the recipe I was going to make to break in that bag of coconut flour.  Katrina is a baker at heart and I trust her judgement when it comes to baked goods, healthy or not...and Katrina's brownies certainly looked delicious, so why not?  

I decided to replace the butter in Katrina's recipe with coconut oil to make them dairy free as well.  I have nothing against dairy, except that coconut oil is an excellent swap for butter in most baking recipes, and well, I had some I needed to use up anyway!  

I was not disappointed in these brownies.  They are full of chocolate flavor and the texture is very acceptable. They are moist, on the dense side, and not too cake-y, but not too fudge-y either! Not quite a real deal brownie, but if you need to follow a specific diet or are looking for something a little different from the traditional brownie, this is a good option!  They are not too sweet (I used Agave as the sweetener in my version, but you can use honey as well) and they can be eaten room temperature or cold.  They are a little crumbly at room temperature, but I think I liked them best that way.  I didn't do it, but a little sprinkle of powdered sugar would be an awesome addition to these babies! (however, this might make them not grain free)

Coconut Flour Brownies | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Gluten free, grain free, dairy free recipe for better-for-you brownies

I'll be experimenting more with my bag of coconut flour and share any success stories.  In the meantime, my family gobbled up these brownies and if you decide to make them,  you will too!  If you do give them a try, make sure you let me know what you think! 

Coconut Flour Brownies | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - gluten free, grain free, dairy free better-for-you brownie recipe

Coconut Flour Brownies

Renee P.
Published 05/13/2015
Coconut Four Brownies
A great better-for-you alternative to the traditional brownie. Made with coconut flour, coconut oil and cocoa. Moist, chocolate-y and delicious! 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 TBS. organic Coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 TBS. agave nectar OR honey
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup minus 1 TBS. (50 g) coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (use gluten free ones to keep recipe gluten free)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line an 8"x8" glass baking pan with parchment so two edges hang over the side of the pan.(for easy removal and cutting) Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In glass measuring cup, melt coconut oil in microwave. In a large bowl, combine the cocoa powder and the melted coconut oil, and eggs with an electric mixer until combined. Add in the agave (or honey) and vanilla extract. Mix again until combined. Add in the coconut flour and salt and mix again until the batter is thoroughly combined.
  3. Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips. Spread into prepared pan evenly.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack and once cooled to room temperature, remove from pan and cut into 16 squares. You can either refrigerate the brownies or leave them at room temperature in an airtight container.
Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Total time: 40 mins.
Tags: chocolate, brownies, gluten free, cocoa, walnuts, dessert

Adapted from Baking and Boys! 

Servings - 16   Serving Size - 1/16 of recipe   Points Plus per Serving - 5 Points+
Calories - 180.7,   Total Fat - 12.7g,   Carb. - 17.4g,   Protein - 1.5g,   Fiber - 1.9g

Renee's Notes:  This brownie recipe is not meant to be low calorie, but it is full of better-for-you ingredients that combine to make a pretty tasty chocolate treat!  I'm looking forward to doing more experimentation with my bag of coconut flour.  It does have a bit of a gritty texture to it, and that really is the only negative thing I found.  I hope you give these brownies a try and let me know what you think!  


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37 comments:

  1. Ooh, your brownies look great! Thanks for trying them. And I'm glad you tried coconut oil, I ALMOST did but decided to go with butter first. Now I'll make them again with coconut oil. Yes, you're right--exactly like brownie, they are not, but they are a great treat for those who cannot have gluten OR like you who just want to try out something that's a little better for you. Awesome. Thanks for the link love.

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    1. Thank you Katrina! Yes! they are really good!!! I will be making this again sometime soon! Maybe I'll try the butter next time...lol

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  2. I never tried buying coconut flour.. Would be interesting to try.. Brownies looks really great!

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    1. I'll be experimenting with it more in the future! Thanks Medeja!

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  3. Hi Renee,
    Just testing out how easy it is to leave a comment here without being signed in. And yes, the brownies look awesome!

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  4. Holy moly!! These brownies look so rich and decadent! I have wanted to try coconut oil and flour in baked goods, and this looks like a great place to start!

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  5. I love a fudgy brownie and one with nuts. This is absolutely perfect for me.

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  6. I've never heard of coconut flour! this sounds SO awesome! thanks for a healthy sweet treat!

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  7. These look absolutely delicious Renee and wish I could try one now! Pinned and shared!

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  8. Hey!

    Is it possible to skip the agave nectar and honey completely? will it turn out as well? :)

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    1. I don't think it will be sweet enough and may not have enough moisture.

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  9. Have been looking for a few treat recipes like this. They needed to fill a brief - must have most of the ingredients already in the cupboard!
    Made these last night. Didn't have GF chic chips so I used chopped dark cooking chocolate. Delicious! saving recipe to make again. Thankyou!
    Nicole, Sydney Aus.

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  10. These are soooo good!!! I was looking for a healthier version of a brownie that still had that fudgy texture and flavor, and my gosh this is perfect! I can barely tell the difference from a regular brownie. I added slightly more flour than the recipe calls for because the batter was really runny, but otherwise I followed it exact. 5 stars!!

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    1. Thank you for your review! I do think the brand of coconut flour you use may affect the thickness of the batter. I'm glad you were able to adjust to make it work for you.

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  11. Thanks for a great recipe! I've tweaked it slightly and posted on my blog mywholesometable.org and credited you! Check out my blog! Thank you and have a blessed day!

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  12. My batter was super runny, so I think I should have added some more flour or read the comments first before baking them. My batter was more like pancake batter, so when I baked the brownies the texture was more like pancakes too! Maybe it's because I'm at a lower altitude, or there's more humidity here, or the coconut flour varies from place to place so I would definitely add more flour next time. I also used maple syrup in place of honey because my ayurvedic teacher believes that cooked honey is actually very hard for the body to digest, but it does have a maple undertone. Not bad, but not as good as your pics. I also found the amount of maple syrup I used (same as the recipe suggests for honey) was too sweet for my taste. Will try again some other time.

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    1. I'm sorry you had some difficulties with the recipe. It is very possible coconut flour varies. I used Bob's Red Mill and it was a freshly opened package. I live in an area of very low humidity. Maybe if you play around with it you can find a way to make it work. This is actually not my original recipe, Katrina was first to post it, and my brownies came out very similar to hers. Thanks for your candid review!

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  13. This was truly an amazing recipe!! Thank you..:) Came out perfect..!!!

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    1. Thank you for your review. I'm so happy it worked well for you!

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  14. Hey Renee! These look SO yummy!! Do you think I could use maple syrup in place of honey?

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    1. Yes, I think you could sub maple syrup for honey. Thanks!

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  15. Wooow. Very delicios. I´ve made them for a borthday! Thanks :-)))

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  16. Hi Renne, I made the brownies and the batter looked dry. When I baked the brownies, they kinda fell apart and did not look right. I followed the recipe exactly and not sure what I did wrong. Should I have added some water to the mixture?

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    1. Hi, I'm thinking it may have to do with the brand of coconut flour you used, I'm not sure. I used Bob's Red Mill and it was a freshly opened package.

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  17. Hi! Thank you for sharing. When I baked it, it was flat, really didn't rise. I used a metal pan, maybe thats why? I wonder if others had this issue.

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  18. Could I use applesauce instead of coconut oil for a skinnier version? Would it turn out ok?

    Thank you!

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    1. I've never subbed applesauce for the coconut oil. If you are feeling adventurous, give it a try and let me know if it worked!

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  19. These brownies turned out amazing!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :) It seems to be the best brownie one I've tried so far.

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  20. These are definitely calling me... :)

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  21. Hi, Can you sub granular sweetener for the agave/honey?

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    1. I have not tried them with granulated sugar, but it would be worth giving a shot. Let me know if it works out good. It would be another option if it does. Thank you!

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  22. Turned out really good! added pecans and dark choc with hazelnuts in and agave syrup yum

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  23. These are fantastic! My boys couldn't get enough!

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