My family and I have decided to seriously start eating well and working out.
So you can imagine how hard baking around that has been. I’ve done a good amount of research and I’m going to be integrating healthy (or rather, healthier) baked goods into what I do. Don’t worry though, there will still be a good amount of good ol’ fashioned baked goods with full sugar and real flour!
For my first attempt at a healthy dessert, I decide to try these Paleo Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies.
I had to buy some special ingredients for this (like coconut sugar and almond flour) but it looked like a pretty simple recipe.
I started by lining a cake pan (how is it that I still don’t own a square brownie pan??) with tin foil and then sprayed it with cooking spray (my favorite is this coconut spray).
In a large bowl, I combined the coconut oil, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, and salt and microwaved it in bursts of 30 seconds. Once the coconut oil was melted enough, I stirred it all together to combine and to ensure the coconut sugar was dissolved. Once it was all combined, I added the eggs and vanilla and stirred again.
Once combined, I added the almond flour and stirred until it was no longer visible.
I poured the batter into the prepared pan and placed it in the oven to bake for 23 minutes.
While the brownies baked, I made the chocolate sauce by combining cocoa powder, coconut oil and maple syrup.
It took a few times to get the baking time right. I took it out at 23 minutes and it was still under cooked. The coconut oil was bubbling around the sides. I put it in for another 3 minutes and it still wasn’t done. Three final minutes and it was done…mostly. A little gooey but when has that ever been a bad thing in brownies? I took it out and let it cool. ALL THE WAY.
Once cooled, I sprinkle the diced strawberries over the brownies. The chocolate sauce was ready at that point and I poured it over the strawberries. From the description of the recipe, it sounded like the sauce was much more “liquidy”. Mine was thick so when I poured it over the strawberries I had to mix them together instead of it just filling in all around them.
I stuck the brownies in the fridge for an hour for the chocolate sauce to harden a bit.
After an hour, I took the brownies out of the fridge and the chocolate had hardened. Photogenically, they did not come out super nicely but I cut in and took a big bite.
The brownies were very rich, super chocolatey and the strawberries added a nice, refreshing end note. If anyone was wondering, or watching their food intake, according to the Weight Watchers website, these are only 7 points per brownie and 100% paleo compliant – woohoo!
Maybe healthier desserts aren’t really that bad! Yum!