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Taking the Guilt Out of Brownies Since…Well, Since Now.

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.  

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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.

 

Guilt-Free Valentine Brownies
A whole lotta yum for your sweetie on Valentines Day
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Things you'll need
  1. a food processor
  2. a scale
  3. an 8x8in glass baking dish
  4. an oven preheated to 350 degrees
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz of 100% cacao unsweetened baking chocolate
  2. 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  3. 10 oz of prunes, or dates, or a mixture of both
  4. 3 eggs (room temp)
  5. 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  6. 1 tblsp vanilla
  7. 1 teasp peppermint extract (optional - see TWEAKS below)
Instructions
  1. 1. shatter the chocolate bars into smallish shards and place in food processor.
  2. 2. add baking soda and process until the mixture resembles coarse sand. It will smell amazing.
  3. 3. add your dried fruit of choice and process until the mixture looks lumpy, but uniformly moist.
  4. 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. 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. 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. 7. feel sexy.
Notes
  1. 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.
Adapted from Jaime Oliver
Adapted from Jaime Oliver
A Wild Rumpus http://www.awildrumpus.com/

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