Grain Free Frosted Brownies
Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo
When the chocolate craving hits, these grain free frosted brownies have a cake-like texture that hits the spot. They are high fat and protein, which balances out the sugar to keep you feeling satisfied after only one.
3 organic eggs
2 cups sunflower seed butter
1/2 cup raw local honey
1/3 tsp stevia
2/3 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 TB vanilla extract
1/2 cup melted chocolate (I used Enjoy Life’s chocolate chips)
1 ripe banana
1 can coconut milk (hard top part only)
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/8th tsp stevia or 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Makes 12 big brownies
Per unfrosted brownie:
Calcium 14% RDA
1. Preheat oven to 335.
2. Combine 3 eggs with sunflower butter in large mixing bowl until smooth.
3. Add honey and vanilla and stir.
4. Add baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
5. Stir in banana and melted chocolate
6. Pour into greased baking pan. I used a 13×9 glass dish.
7. Bake 35-50 minutes (longer at high altitude, like in Boulder). They’re done when a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.
1. Scoop out the hardened top part of the coconut milk and discard the water (or drink it, add it to a smoothie, etc.)
2. Add remaining ingredients and beat in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
I typically emphasize getting raw nut and seed butters to preserve the healthy omega-3s which are spoiled with roasting/cooking. Because you will be using your seed butter in a baked good, you can opt for a less expensive roasted version in place of raw.
The same idea applies to the cocoa powder. Raw cacao has some wonderful health benefits, but since you will be heating this ingredient, there’s no need to use a raw version. Regular organic cocoa powder works great. You will still enjoy a healthy dose of magnesium, flavonoids, and endorphin-boosting compounds.
Stevia can be tricky, and it’s easy to overdo it. Start with less than you think you need and add more in tiny sprinkles. Stevia really helps cut down on the sugar content. The stevia leaf actually helps manage blood glucose levels! I like the Now brand Better Stevia. They don’t add any dextrose or other hidden sugars like Stevia in the Raw and some other companies.
These grain free frosted brownies are high in sugar, despite being natural sugars, and should be made as a treat!
Chinese Nutritional Therapy
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), sunflower seeds are a tonic, meaning they help build qi (pronounced “chee”), or energy. Seeds are the container for all the genetic material needed to create a new life. They are nutrient-dense and help fortify the body. Sunflower seeds balance lung and large intestine meridian and nourish dryness. For this reason, they can help with bowel regularity and dry coughs.
Dark chocolate is considered both bitter and sweet, meaning it balances spleen and heart meridians. Too much sweet easily overwhelms spleen and digestion, leading to problems. In small amounts, dark chocolate can help soothe anxiety, lift depression, relieve cramping, and stimulate circulation.
If you need help balancing digestion, treating anemia, headaches, or boosting energy, try acupuncture.