Editor’s Note: For the record, Mir is a miracle worker and never fails to amaze me. She is a genius in the kitchen and has magical hands. I don’t even care how that sounded, I’m not changing it because it’s TRUTH. I am absolutely in love with this recipe and it’s perfect for Valentines Day! Thanks, Mirjana!! xo
I would like to start off by saying my kitchen has the worst lighting, ever.
So… Valentine’s dessert. Ordinarily, desserts are my strength. My passion. But, I recently started a diet, you see, and making my ‘usual’ desserts was not a temptation I could allow myself. Especially because I’m doing my best to stay away from gluten, dairy, and refined sugars… blah blah blah. You know the drill.
I recently found a recipe for gluten-free, sugar-free brownies. No joke. And sweetie, they are fabulous, I’m serious.
What makes them Valentine-y, you ask? Well, the chocolate. But you also have to LOVE the fact that they’re easy… and guilt-free. And I’m way more likely to feel Valentine-y if I haven’t been slaving in the kitchen for hours and smell like cooking.
- a food processor
- a scale
- an 8x8in glass baking dish
- an oven preheated to 350 degrees
- 8 oz of 100% cacao unsweetened baking chocolate
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 10 oz of prunes, or dates, or a mixture of both
- 3 eggs (room temp)
- 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
- 1 tblsp vanilla
- 1 teasp peppermint extract (optional - see TWEAKS below)
- 1. shatter the chocolate bars into smallish shards and place in food processor.
- 2. add baking soda and process until the mixture resembles coarse sand. It will smell amazing.
- 3. add your dried fruit of choice and process until the mixture looks lumpy, but uniformly moist.
- 4. add eggs, coconut oil and both extracts, and process until the mixture looks almost smooth. please note, it will never be entirely smooth, and that's ok.
- 5. once you've added your preferred tweaks, spray baking dish lightly with non-stick spray, spoon the THICK mixture into it, spread out evenly and bake for 30 minutes.
- 6. let cool for about an hour and serve in bite sized pieces with coffee (or vanilla ice cream... or any ice cream for that matter).
- 7. feel sexy.
- TWEAKS: now's your chance to experiment. I've added 1 tsp of peppermint extract to a batch pictured here. But you can use almond extract instead. I even made a batch with orange zest instead of peppermint. ALL variations were delectable. YUMMM! if you want to be a little naughty, add some semi-sweet chocolate chips or mini peanut butter chips or chopped walnuts before baking.