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Friday, January 29, 2016

Cocoa coconut banana nut brownie

I saw a brownie recipe on Facebook that made me drool. It was low calorie and healthy. I shared it on my page. But when I went to make it, I was missing many of the ingredients. So I  did my own thing. This is what I came up with:
3 bananas
1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
12 drops liquid stevia (flavor of choice)
dash of nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
1/2 C coconut flower
1/2 C coconut flakes (unsweetened)
Nuts optional
Banana Coconut Brownies
I pulled out my food processor because the other recipe said that it combined things in a food processor.  And the ingredients that I'm working with are on the dry side.  Tip: If you don't have time to bake and you have over-ripe bananas, put them in the freezer.  They have their own wrapping to protect them from freezer burn.
Baking ripened bananas
I put the three bananas in the food processor and started by dumping the 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.
Add cocoa powder
I had a very finely chopped coconut.  I wish that I had a coarser grade coconut.  At this rate, it would not add the texture that I hoped.
Coconut is always good
I am still learning to bake with coconut flour.  I have learned that it takes less flour and more moisture.  So I chose to use only 1/2 cup of the coconut flour when the other recipe which I was bench-marking from used an entire cup of regular flour.
Don't forget coconut flour 
I added the eggs and the rest of the flavorings as well as the baking powder and salt before closing the top and starting the blending process.
Eggs added before blending
It was thick. I sprayed the 8x8 pan with olive oil before pressing the mixture in.  Once I had it in, I turned around and realized that I had forgotten to mixed the nuts in.  So I sprinkled them on top and pressed them into the mixture a little bit.  It worked okay.
Mixture pressed in pan ready to bake
I baked at 400 degrees and they turned out beautiful but most important flavorful.  A low sugar, gluten free recipe. YEAH!

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