Brownies are definitely not seasonal. I can eat them any time of year. So you might be thinking, how does one turn a brownie into something healthy? It’s not hard, and, for a treat, this recipe provides a great shot of protein and nutrients.
You can make it with almond butter, or another nut butter (such as hazelnut butter, or cashew butter). Chocolate contains antioxidants, and better chocolate contains cocoa butter, a healthy source of fat, so go for the best chocolate you can afford (or find). And on rare occasions, better chocolate doesn’t contain soy lecithin.
Today rounded out the 15th stage of the Tour de France, and it’s getting exciting. Even if you’ve never watched before, it’s worth a peek. And there is an interesting article in the New York Times as well: Five-Star Tour Cuisine for Guys Who Eat and Ride, with one of the chefs who cooks for one of the teams.
From the article: Almond butter is better than peanut butter because, as Lim said, “it’s just a better nut”. What’s even more interesting is that they eat primarily gluten-free while racing. It’s just easier to digest gluten-free food. My sentiments exactly.
For raspberry brownies, replace 1/2 cup of honey with raspberry syrup. You can refrigerate your brownies or store them in a sealed container at room temperature for a few days.
- 1.5 cups honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder or cacao powder
- 2 large eggs
- 16 ounces almond butter or other nut or seed butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 4 ounces unsweetened dark chocolate melted
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
- On a slow-speed mix, or by hand, combine the almond butter, eggs, honey, baking soda, sea salt, and vanilla. Mix until completely blended.
- Add the cocoa powder and melted chocolate, and combine both into the mixture slowly, to avoid the development of a brown cloud of chocolate above your mixture.
- Add the batter to a 9 inches by 12 inches baking dish and spread it with a flexible spatula to distribute the batter evenly. The mixture is gooey, which is great for those who like to lick the bowl.
- Bake for 40 minutes. Check after 30 minutes to see if a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.
- Cool and enjoy!