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food: fudgy coconut flour brownies

well, i took the plunge tonight and attempted my very first paleo baking experiment.
it went much better than expected.

first off, i managed to find a recipe for something i actually wanted to eat… and one that actually had ingredients that i owned in my house already.
and that, my friends, is the only way i’ll bake.

i stumbled upon the recipe from this blog.
and of course, i changed a few things to suit what i had on hand.
below is my version, based on her version.

Fudgy Coconut Flour Brownies
1 cup coconut flour
2/3 cup good cocoa powder
2 squares of unsweetened baking chocolate
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
¾ cup butter
1/4 cup olive oil
3 extra large eggs
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons regular rum
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¾ cup agave syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1.) In a large bowl, sift together the coconut flour, salt, cocoa, and baking powder. Set aside.

2.) Cut butter into chunks and place in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until melted then add the chocolate chips and mix just until they soften. Quickly remove from heat and continue stirring until everything is combined. Let cool.

3.) In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and agave syrup. Add the oil, rum, and vanilla. Followed by the cooled chocolate butter mixture.

4.) Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry. The coconut flour tends to suck moisture quickly so don’t worry if the batter clumps. Use the lukewarm water to loosen it up by drizzling a little bit at a time until it is all absorbed but the batter is still wet. If you need to, add up to ¼ cup more water.

5.) Pour the batter into a 9” square baking pan lined with parchment paper.

6.) Bake for 30 minutes until the top is dry to the touch and the batter is firm.

7.) Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before lifting the parchment paper to remove the brownies from the pan. Slice and eat right away for a warm, cakey brownie or let sit over night for a firmer fugier one (or have it both ways!)

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the brownies turned out pretty much exactly as described. fudgy and dense and very crumbly. but good. nice subtle coconut undertone and I liked the texture quite a bit.
definitely not health food, but a great lesson that there can indeed be treats!

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