Coconut Flour Brownies
There's no need to give up your sweet tooth for your health—just opt for smaller servings and healthier choices.
Who doesn't like chocolate? I love chocolate, and I am not ready to give it up. This is why I chose to use healthier ingredients to make these brownies.
Coconut Flour Benefits
Coconut flour is a go-to flour for those who are gluten-intolerant. It's often cheaper than almond flour, which is another popular choice. Moreover, it is rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are a type of fat that promotes weight loss, enhances heart and brain health, and helps protect against viruses and bacteria.
If you bake with coconut flour, it is good to use eggs to make your product fluffier. Remember, too, to let the flour absorb the liquid before baking.
Coconut Sugar: A Healthier Option
Coconut sugar is better than refined sugar for two reasons: It contains more nutrients than regular table sugar, and it has a low glycemic index. A low glycemic index means that your blood sugar will not spike as drastically as it would after consuming refined sugar. Having said that, however, you should know that coconut sugar is still sugar—so intake should still be in moderation.
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablepoons coconut sugar, or as desired
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (or 2% milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Grease a brownie pan. (I used a round pyrex dish and greased it with olive oil.)
- In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Whisk together the olive oil, cocoa powder, and sugar.
- In another bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, eggs, and vanilla.
- Mix together the olive oil mixture with the coconut milk mixture.
- Then add the flour mixture gradually into the milk mixture.
- Allow the batter to rest for 5 minutes to let the flour sip the liquid mixture.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the baking dish.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until done.
- Cool before cutting.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.