Best Brownies Ever!

One of the best diets I use is Clean Cuisine. The author, Ivy, came up with a clean, anti-inflammatory brownie recipe. My family thinks Clean Cuisine brownies are so tasty, even though they are super healthy. Before I met Ivy, the inventor and author of clean cuisine, I only craved desserts that were loaded with sugar. One day, Ivy gave me cookies that were made with avocadoes and surprisingly enough, they made my stomach growl with happiness. The next time I saw her, she offered me a taste of her newest edible innovation. She told me they were brownies, but I thought she was only joking. They did not taste like the brownie mix that I enjoyed making at home. They were moist and delicious, but not as overloaded with sugar as mine and as oddly as it sounds, my mom kept on smiling as I ate more and more, not the usual frown that she would throw from my overconsumption of junk food. We make this delicious treat every week in my house. Here is the recipe:

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

1/3 Cup plus 1 tablespoon cacao powder

1/3 cup cassava flour 

1/8 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

3 large eggs

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

½ cup extra-virgin coconut oil, softened, plus more for the pan

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

10 medjool dates, pitted (see NOTE)

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup chopped raw pecans or walnuts

 

1.    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly oil the sides of an 8-inch square baking dish and line the bottom with parchment paper. 

2.    In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the cacao powder, cassava flour, and salt. Set the mixture aside. 

3.    Put the eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, applesauce, dates, and vanilla extract in a high-powered blender or food processor. Process on high speed until smooth and creamy.

4.    Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well with a wooden spoon. Stir in the nuts.

5.    Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 33 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Cut into twelve squares and serve warm.

 

NOTE: If you’re using a food processer and your dates are on the dry side, soak them in water for 15 to 30 minutes to soften them before pureeing (very moist, succulent dates do not require soaking)

taken from cleancuisine.com