Chocolate Brownies That Blew Me Away

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paleo chocolate brownie recipe

Recipe: Karen’s Paleo Brownies

Recently I was visiting Squamish, Canada where I met a lovely local crossfitter, mountain-biker and an overall awesome chick called Karen. One day Karen made her paleo chocolate brownies. They were so moist and delicious that I had to steal the recipe to share with everyone. Thank you Karen, I finally have the perfect brownie recipe on my site.

Cook’s notes: These brownies contain no nuts, except for coconut flour which is not really a nut, so they are perfect for kids school parties and anyone else avoiding nut flours. Karen uses white coloured sweet potato. They are usually slightly sweeter than the orange sweet potatoes but at the same time milder in flavour. You can use either, just adjust the amount of honey you add to the dough mix. I’ve left Karen’s recipe as accurate as possible but the only thing I would suggest changing is to maybe use a greased baking paper in the tray to make it easier to remove the brownie when it’s ready.

Warning: Your house will smell amazing while these puppies are baking. Lock the doors from the neighbours and strangers on the street if you don’t want to share.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium raw white sweet potato, peeled and grated (using the larger holes of the grater) - 2 to 2 1/2 cups of shredded sweet potato
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (the real kind)
  • 1/2 cup of raw honey, melted in the microwave if it’s too thick
  • generous 1/2 cup of virgin olive oil
  • 1 heaped tbsp of gluten free baking powder
  • ½ tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder (reduce that amount if you prefer a milder chocolate flavour)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 365 °F (185 °C), make sure the oven is hot before you put in the brownies in.
  2. Combine grated sweet potato, eggs, vanilla, honey and olive oil in a large mixing bowl and stir together until well incorporated. Then add baking powder and baking soda and stir.  Add cocoa powder, mix and finally add coconut flour. Avoid adding too much coconut flour as it will absorb too much moisture which will result in drier brownies.
  3. After stirring everything together, pour the mixture into a baking tray greased with a little olive oil. Karen used a square tin in which the thickness of the layer came to 1 inch tall. That’s about what you’re after for the best results. Too thin and the brownies might overcook and too tall will result in undercooked middle.
  4. Cook for 25-30 minutes. Remove the tin and cool for 5-10 minutes before carefully removing the brownie cake form the tin. You can cut it in quarters and remove one part at a time if the bottom stick a little. Leave the brownie cake to cool down before cutting.
  5. Finally, melt some dark chocolate in a bowl over boiling water or in a microwave. Use a spatula to drizzle and spread melted chocolate over the top. Slice into individual serving squares. You can also top them with raspberries or strawberries.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

Number of servings: about 12

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168 Comments

  1. Natalie
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Could I use tinned pumpkin instead of sweet potato?

    • imacri
      Posted April 17, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

      I would say not for this recipe as it would be too runny. The idea is that when sweet potato cooks, the starch makes it bulk up and go fluffy, giving the brownies body and binding everything together.

  2. Anna
    Posted April 12, 2014 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    hmmm. I made these and they ended up tasting like…well…nothing. They didn’t taste like anything. Very disappointed. Perhaps I should decrease the amount of cocoa powder?

    • imacri
      Posted April 12, 2014 at 8:16 am | Permalink

      Hi Anna,

      It’s one of those recipes that so many people made them and loved them and there have been few who think they’ve had too much cocoa or something else went wrong. There are so many different brands of cocoa and raw cacao on the market that I do recommend experimenting. It’s not my recipe as I state in the post so I was being true to what was passed on to me but by all means try reducing the cacao or adding more sweetener. I also know different types of sweet potato (white vs orange coloured) have different sweetness levels so that might have impacted them as well.

      Irena

  3. Julie
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    These were amazing! My friends were blown away with what was in it and what it didn’t have. As a bonus, my son got more veggies in today. :)

  4. andria
    Posted April 10, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    so what size eggs? i understand the little things can really influence success with baking, egg size being important to note.

    • imacri
      Posted April 11, 2014 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      Medium size eggs :)

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