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GLUTEN FREE BROWNIES

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WASTE NOT WANT NOT 

That’s the motto that led me to make these gluten free brownies

Gluten Free brownies Flourless brownies, Gluten free chocolate brownies, gluten free brownie recipe, gluten free brownie, gluten free brownies recipe, Passover brownies, Passover recipes, Almond Pulp RecipesOk, I know I already posted Ellen’s decadent brownie recipe a few months ago which is still my kids #1 favourite dessert.  But, since I started making homemade almond milk (recipe posted last week), I’ve been left with a nagging question.   Gluten Free brownies Flourless brownies, Gluten free chocolate brownies, gluten free brownie recipe, gluten free brownie, gluten free brownies recipe, Passover brownies, Passover recipes, Almond Pulp RecipesWhat’s a girl to do with all that almond pulp?  The solution:  gluten free brownies.  My latest obsession!

What I love about these babies is that they are a good solution to a sweet craving for a person like me who has a gluten sensitivity and they are great if you have celiac disease.   They are also a little healthier than conventional brownies that use white flour, butter and white sugar.   This recipe uses coconut palm sugar which is the boiled and dehydrated sap of the coconut palm.  Compared to white sugar which is empty calories, coconut palm sugar is said to retain some trace nutrients from the coconut palm, like: iron, zinc, calcium and potassium.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you to replace your vitamins and minerals with these brownies.  We’re talking minimal amounts.   The sugar also contains a fibre called Inulin which may slow glucose absorption and explain why coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar.   

Gluten Free brownies Flourless brownies, Gluten free chocolate brownies, gluten free brownie recipe, gluten free brownie, gluten free brownies recipe, Passover brownies, Passover recipes, Almond Pulp RecipesAlthough I get a yearning for something sweet, I don’t love desserts that are overly sweet which is why I love these gluten free brownies (depending on your sugar tolerance level, you can reduce the amount of sugar to three quarters of a cup) They are still fudgy and decadent. Cacao nibs sprinkled on top give them a nice added crunch as well.  Check them out!Gluten Free brownies Flourless brownies, Gluten free chocolate brownies, gluten free brownie recipe, gluten free brownie, gluten free brownies recipe, Passover brownies, Passover recipes, Almond Pulp Recipes

 

Gluten Free Brownies
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Ingredients
  1. 4 large eggs
  2. 1 cup unrefined sugar (like coconut palm sugar)
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  5. 1/2 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
  6. 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed moist almond or other nut pulp
  7. 1 cup cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-processed, though natural or raw will work too)
  8. 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
  9. 2-3 tablespoons cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350ºF. Line the bottom and sides of an 8 or 9″ square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the eggs, sugar and salt on medium-high speed until very light and fluffy, 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Meanwhile, gently melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan set over a medium-low heat. Add the nut pulp and stir to combine. Continue to heat, stirring frequently, until the nut pulp mixture is warm to the touch, about 5 minutes. (This prevents the batter from seizing up when all the ingredients are added.)
  4. Turn the mixer to low, and add the nut pulp mixture, stirring just to combine. Add the cocoa powder over the egg mixture and mix on low until just combined; the batter will deflate a lot.
  5. Option: If you like an intense coconut flavour, add shredded unsweetened coconut into the batter.
  6. Spread the batter in the lined pan, sprinkle with the cacao nibs, and bake until the brownies are matte on top, slightly puffed, and a tester inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging, 15-20 minutes. Don’t overbake.
  7. Let cool completely, then lift the brownie out of the pan and cut into 16 squares. Enjoy!
Adapted from Bojon Gourmet
Adapted from Bojon Gourmet
Walnut Kitchen http://walnutkitchen.ca/
Gluten Free brownies Flourless brownies, Gluten free chocolate brownies, gluten free brownie recipe, gluten free brownie, gluten free brownies recipe, Passover brownies, Passover recipes, Almond Pulp RecipesFor those who want to make gluten free brownies but don’t have the almond pulp.  I tried swapping the almond pulp for almond meal.  It was an ok experiment.  But, I found that the brownies made with Almond meal were definitley a little drier.  The clear winner when doing a taste test was the batch which used the almond pulp instead of the almond meal. 

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HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK RECIPE

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Everything is better when it’s homemade  

That’s certainly the case with this Almond Milk Recipe

Easy Almond milk recipe, Almond Milk Recipes, almond milk benefits, benefits of almond milk, almond milk nutrition, making almond milk, make almond milk, how do you make almond milkI never liked milk.  The only way I could stand it while I was pregnant and trying to get some calcium was to have it in my morning decaf latte!  Partly, I didn’t like it because I later discovered I was lactose intolerant.  But, I also never loved the taste or feel of it in my mouth.  For a while I replaced it with soy milk.  However, now that I’m studying holistic nutrition, I’m discovering that soy is quite controversial. I want to be better informed before I consume any more of it.    So, for the last year, nut milks have been my first choice for cereal, smoothies and hot drinks.  But, once I read the ingredients on the milk carton, I was turned off.  That’s when I started to experiment with homemade.  This almond milk recipe is SO much better than store bought.  You should try it out.  Plus, I’ve got a great gluten-free brownie recipe which uses the leftover almond pulp. Stay tuned!Easy Almond milk recipe, Almond Milk Recipes, almond milk benefits, benefits of almond milk, almond milk nutrition, making almond milk, make almond milk, how do you make almond milk

Easy Almond milk recipe, Almond Milk Recipes, almond milk benefits, benefits of almond milk, almond milk nutrition, making almond milk, make almond milk, how do you make almond milkSoaking the almonds plumps them up, making them easier to blend if your blender isn’t heavy duty. As well, soaking makes it possible to slip the brown skin off which I tried (as seen in the photo) and later discovered was unnecessary.  However, the most important reason for soaking them, is to make them easier to digest.  Almonds can be difficult for most people to digest because of an enzyme-inhibiting substance in the brown coating. Soaking removes this inhibitor so that the enzymes secreted during digestion can do their job.

I really got into making nut milks after I bought a high test blender.  A Vitamix or Blendtec yield the best results.  I know it’s a pricey investment!  And it’s so tall that it isn’t easy to store.  I hate having clutter on my counters!  My solution: I bought the smaller container and it tucks nicely into bi-fold cupboards so it can sit on my counter AND be out of site.  The larger container I store elsewhere and pull out when I am making big batches. A nut milk bag is another thing you should get if you are serious about making this almond milk recipe regularly.  It only costs about 10 dollars and it is much easier to extract the milk from the pulp compared to using a cheesecloth which is what I used to begin with.  If you are just starting and you don’t want to buy anything except nuts, try making cashew milk instead.  Raw cashews are much softer especially after they are soaked and it’s not necessary to separate the milk from the pulp.  Continue Reading