This gluten free brownie recipe was a result of the Friday night munchies. You know, when you dig through your cupboards to try and get an inventory of all the ingredients you have and what they could make if put together? Yep.
What I gathered together was cacao powder, cassava flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract, eggs and baking powder. This was clearly turning out to be brownies.
I didn’t have a recipe yet for brownies, so I started by getting some inspiration from regular brownie recipes online and swapping out all the ingredients to make it grain free, gluten free, dairy free and soy free– Basically paleo!
Surprisingly, it’s pretty easy to make any recipe you find on the internet into a paleo recipe. There are certain vegetables you can swap out for pasta and rice, and grain free flours you can swap out for wheat or other grain based flours. Once you get it down, it’s actually not that hard which is cool!
This gluten free brownie recipe is far more healthy than your average brownie, and actually comes packed with a lot of super nutritious foods, the most important one being cacao powder.
Benefits of cacao powder
Cacao is from the seeds of the cacao tree fruit and has been well known as a superfood for over 3000 years. Cacao has been used therapeutically to treat such things as kidney stones, anemia, fatigue and even an underactive libido.
Research has shown that cacao may help with heart function, nervous system regulation, improved digestion, as well as kidney and bowel health.
You might be surprised to hear that cacao contains protein, loads of fiber and various minerals such as magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, zinc and potassium among other vitamins and minerals.
Cacao is one of the most magnesium rich foods out there. Magnesium is important for everything from muscles, nerves, heart rhythm, stress, anxiety and more.
Cacao is also rich in iron which is especially important for vegans, vegetarians and pregnant and menstruating women. If paired with fruit or something that is high in vitamin C, iron absorption is increased.
Cacao can also act on your neurotransmitters. Eating cacao prompts the brain to release neurotransmitters that increase positive emotions. It can also increase focus and awareness, similar to drinking coffee.
As you can see, the benefits of cacao powder are plenty. And for that reason, I highly recommend my gluten free brownie recipe below. Let me know what you think!
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Gluten free brownie recipe
- Stand mixer
- 3/4 cup Cacao powder
- 3/4 cup Cassava flour
- 1.5 cups Coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 pinch Salt
- 3 Eggs
- 3/4 cup Coconut oil
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Add all dry ingredients to stand mixer
- Add wet ingredients and mix thoroughly
- Line 9 inch square baking dish with parchment paper and fill with batter
- bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick test comes out clean
Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. Tara helps people clear up cystic acne, balance hormones and blood sugar + improve anxiety and gut health NATURALLY with food.