Fudgey Amaretto Brownies (Gluten Free)

I’ve been really looking forward to adding these delicious vegan brownies here. The thought of these fudgey squares gets me craving another batch already. Amaretto is the perfect accompaniment for chocolate. You could add almond extract as an alternative, but if you can get amaretto then I highly recommend it. A little bit about these gooey fudge packed squares; they are dense, moist, super chocolatey tasting, rich, healthy, and can cure any sweet tooth for at least a few hours. I’m crazy about this recipe. You will be too. Now, let’s talk about the benefits of cacao.

If you are using amaretto/almond oil versus the extract, use a third of the amount. The oil is much more potent.

Raw cacao (which is what I use) is the pure, unheated version of the ground cacao bean. The cacao fruit tree bears the cacao pods which have inside them the cacao beans, from which cacao and cocoa products are made. The beans can be chopped up into cacao nibs, melted into cacao paste, or have the cacao butter extracted from the fatty outer lining on the inside of the bean before the rest of the bean is made into cacao powder. Cacao retains more nutrients than cocoa because it’s unprocessed state helps to keep them intact. Raw cacao can have a bitter taste, while dutch cocoa alkalizes the bitterness and is great for baking. Both cacao and cocoa have an impressive profile of benefits. It’s no wonder these prized beans were used a a trade currency going back thousands of years to their native lands of Latin and South America.

Raw cacao has over 300 different chemical compounds, is a leading antioxidant superfood (in the top 10), and has a list of nutrients that include protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, calcium, riboflavin, carotene, thiamin, magnesium, sulfur, and flavonoids. The naturally occurring phytochemicals and antioxidants help to combat, reverse, and prevent diseases including cancer, fight free radicals and protect cells from damage, lower bad cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and promote heart health. Cacao also has aphrodisiac properties, uplifting ones emotional state by producing serotonin, phenethylamine, endorphins, and neurotransmitters, that help with focus, pain relief, depression, euphoria, and feelings of bliss. If you’re not an addict of this stuff, just eat more, you will be.

Fudgey Amaretto Brownies (Gluten Free)

Fudgey Brownies

Yields: 10-12 brownies

  • 1 cup gluten free flour, or any flour you desire (I used Trader Joe's brand all purpose gluten free flour blend)
  • 2 tbsp almond meal/flour (sub for more flour or oats, recipe will taste different)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour (sub for more flour or oats, recipe will taste different)
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax meal soaked in 2 tbsp water for 15 minutes)
  • 2/3 melted coconut oil or vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup cacao or cocoa (dutch process is best for cocoa)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder (if you want them to rise higher add 2 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp amaretto or almond extract
  • healthy pinch of salt and cayenne pepper
  • optional add in's/toppings; goji berries, walnuts, blanched almonds, coconut chips, raisins, golden berries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, cacao nibs

Prepare the flax eggs to the side. Mix the sugar with the melted coconut oil or vegan butter, then slowly fold in the rest of the ingredients and blend it well. You may want to sift the flour and cacao powder to prevent lumpiness, but it shouldn't be a problem if you use a good whisk. Sprinkle a little salt on top. Make sure the batter is on the thicker side. If you used agave or maple syrup rather than sugar it will be a bit thinner, so adding a few tablespoons of flour (almond and coconut work well and are great for a soft and moist finished product) will help. Top with some nuts, seeds, or berries. Pour into an 8x8 oiled pan or line it with wax paper (see pic below) and bake for 25 minutes on 350F.

  • Total time: 45 minutes
Fudgey Brownies
Fudgey Brownies 1
Fudgey Brownies 2
Fudgey Brownies 4

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