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.
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