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Insanely Good Chocolate Brownies

Cacao content is the amount of pure cacao products (chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, and cocoa powder) used in the chocolate; the higher the percentage, the more antioxidants the chocolate contains, and the lower the sugar content.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 130 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate 
 68 to 72% cacao content, chopped
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1/3 cup Grade B maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts optional, toasted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan (see note) with two pieces of foil long enough to overlap on all four sides. Lightly oil the foil.
  2. Put the almond flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and stir with a whisk to combine.
  3. Put half of the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring often, just until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and whisk in the olive oil.
  4. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and whisk until frothy. Slowly add the maple syrup and maple sugar, whisking all the while, and continue whisking until the mixture is smooth. Add the vanilla extract, then gradually add the chocolate, whisking vigorously all the while, and continue whisking until smooth and glossy.
  5. Add the flour mixture and beat for about 1 minute. Stir in the remaining chocolate and the walnuts. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool to room temperature in the pan, then cover and refrigerate for at least 
1 hour before cutting into 16 brownies.

Recipe Notes

You can also use a 
9 by 6-inch baking pan. If you do, the baking time will be only about 25 minutes.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 
5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reprinted with permission from The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, copyright © 2013. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group.

Nutrition Facts
Insanely Good Chocolate Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.