Healthy Almond Butter Brownies

By: Arielle Haspel, HCTP Class of  2007

No flour necessary. No refined-sugar, either. Just simple ingredients that you hopefully already have in your kitchen! They take about 30 minutes in total to make, so it’s the perfect treat when you’re craving something sweet stat.

Ingredients:

2 cups unsweetened creamy or crunchy almond butter

2/3 cup pure maple syrup

2 pasture-raised eggs

4 Tbsp aroma-free coconut oil

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract (optional for extra almond flavor)

2/3 cup raw cacao powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp sea salt

3 Tbsp cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips

2 Tbsp almond slices or slivers (optional)

1 Tbsp coconut oil for lining pan

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325F.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients – almond butter, maple syrup, egg, coconut oil, vanilla and almond extract. Add in cacao powder, baking soda, sea salt, 2 Tbs cacao nibs (or chocolate chips) and mix well until becomes batter-like.
3. Using a paper towel or your fingers, spread coconut oil on all sides of 9-inch baking dish or pan which will help prevent mixture from sticking later on.
4. Pour batter into a baking dish or pan. Add 1 Tbsp cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips on top and pat down with fingers or spatula until flat.
4. Bake for approx 20-25 minutes until the brownies are hard on top but soft in the middle. Add sliced almonds on top. I also drizzled a little white chocolate on top too for decoration!
5. Let cool.

Voila! Enjoy!

Mari Beth Price