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Trim Healthy Tuesday: Almond Flour Brownies (S)

Trim Healthy Tuesday: Almond Flour Brownies (S)

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I’ve never met a brownie I didn’t like. Wait. Scratch that. I have met brownies I didn’t like…dry ones. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust brownies. No thanks…but gooey brownies. Yeah, buddy. Come to Mama!

Y’all told me on Facebook you wanted me to start posting coconut flour and almond flour recipes…and I’m happy to oblige because that’s mostly what I find myself using these days. I love both of them – they are different, but I love the taste and texture.

Hello? Are you there? I know some of you just phased out everything I said once the word “brownies” came out of my mouth.

Almond Flour Brownies

This week in Cooking Through Stacy’s Stash I’m using a cookbook from Washington, DC – The Presidential Cookie Cookbook. I’ve been to DC a few times and I love it each time – so full of history and great FREE things to do. I bought this book on a trip with Barry. Cookbook + cookies? I’m sold.

I love this book because it’s got a cookie from the time period of each president – with facts and little informational tidbits. I love informational tidbits.  If you’re a homeschooler, this would be a cute book to use when talking about the presidents – and then you get a cookie. Win-win situation here.

Almond Flour Brownies

I chose this recipe for Sequoia Brownies for one reason and one reason only…it said BROWNIES. This cookie is from the Nixon administration and is named after the USS Sequoia.

I didn’t have to change much, I just mixed it up to make it more Stacyfied…and also to make it Trim Healthy Mama friendly. A guilt-free brownie? Yes – you can be my best friend. Wait, what? Did you say BROWNIE?

These were totally amazing – they will be a regular dessert around here. Yes, you can be my friend. I’m so glad when something I tweak turns out good – sometimes I’m not so lucky. Keepin’ it real.

Almond Flour Brownies

Okay, so two things:

1. Almond flour and regular flour cannot always be used interchangeably. It depends on the recipe – sometimes it totally flops. These did NOT totally flop. Coconut flour is its own beast…it takes a bit of tweaking because it’s a very protein-rich flour – it needs a good binder. But, we’ll talk more about that in another post.

2. I’ve been avoiding this conversation because of some hurtful things said on Facebook, but now I must finally tackle the subject….I use xylitol. What is xylitol? It’s a sugar alcohol. It has absolutely no effect on blood sugar and doesn’t cause weight gain. It is NOT an artificial sweetener. We don’t do artificial in this house.

At first, I was hesitant to use xylitol…but after extensive research and HOURS upon HOURS of reading, I finally decided that I was fine with using it. Why? First off, I know exactly how sugar affects the people in this house. I know how we feel. I know how our pants fit…and I see the difference in Annie’s behavior after she’s had sugar. I do not see those same results when I use xylitol.

Do I use it a lot? No…it can have a laxative effect if used too much (which could be a BENEFIT to some people I know)…but so can beans, flax, or oatmeal for that matter. I use it sparingly and try to use stevia most often. Sometimes, however, a recipe needs the BULK of the sugar to turn out correctly – and that’s when and why I use xylitol. **I also use erythritol.**

So, you will occasionally see recipes around here where I call for xylitol. If you don’t have it or don’t use it, just substitute the same amount of sugar. (Note – xylitol, like chocolate, is very bad for dogs. Don’t feed Fido a plate of xylitol goodies. Thanks.)

For more information on xylitol, check out this informational post about the sugar alcohol from Intoxicated On Life.

Now, head on over to Gwen’s Nest for Trim Healthy Tuesday where she is sharing Cheeseburger Quesadillas.

Almond Flour Brownies

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  1. PLEASE link to our Trim Healthy Tuesday posts when you link back, instead of our home pages. If someone clicks the link, it takes them to the main page and that might not be the top post. Thanks!
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My top three picks from last week were:

Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake (S) from Blissfully Blessed

When you pair chocolate and peanut butter together, I’m sold every time. Every time. EVERY. TIME.

Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake

Coconut Macaroon Muffin in a Mug (S) from Debbie Lund Photo

Since starting Trim Healthy Mama I’ve discovered that I have a deep love of coconut – I pinned this and can’t wait to try it!

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Shopping For Real Food at Costco from Live Simply

I think I like to torture myself by reading posts like this – no Costco here. BUT I did notice that a few of these things are available at Sam’s Club, even if not the same brands. Good, helpful post!

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The top pick by YOU guys was:

Flat Belly Doughnuts (S) from Counting All Joy

Flat Belly Doughnuts

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Guidelines for Linked Posts:

  1. Accepted post topics will be: Trim Healthy Mama-related recipes, kitchen tips, weekly menus, ‘how to’ articles, or exercise tips. MODEST before and after photos may be attached to any of the above.  Please do not link personal progress reports or non-THM recipes.
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  3. Please respect the copyright of the book, and do not post recipes from the Trim Healthy Mama book on your blog or in this link up. You MAY post recipes that you’ve changed to make your own, but nothing verbatim from the book.
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  5. Please post no more than 3 links each week.
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  7. You may include recipes with “Splenda” and other similar products or foods that are considered “compromise foods”, but please note that in the recipe, and either make them optional or offer substitutions for on plan items if possible. Please do not use ingredients that are off plan…like white potatoes.
  8. No giveaways or advertising-only type posts are allowed. You may post about cookbooks that you like and you may include affiliate links, but the post MUST be THM friendly.Example – posting about an eCookbook that you like is acceptable when telling how it can help with THM. Posting about a cookbook just so you can sell it is NOT acceptable.
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This post is linked at at Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager, at Hearth and Soul Blog Hop at Premeditated Leftovers, at Handmade Tuesdays on Ladybug Blessings,   at Share It Link Party at The Winthrop Chronicles, at Totally Tasty Tuesday at Mandy’s Recipe Box, at Traditional Tuesday on Cooking Traditional Foods,  at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday on Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, at Teach Me Tuesday on Growing Home,  at Domestically Divine Tuesday at Far Above Rubies, at Works For Me Wednesday on We Are That Family, at Frugal Days Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday at Authentic Simplicity, at Allergy Free Wednesday at Whole New Mom, at Welcome Home Wednesday at Raising Arrows,   at Whole Foods Wednesday on This Chick Cooks, at Cast Party Wednesday on Lady Behind the Curtain,  at Wednesday Whatsits at White Lights on Wednesday,  at Show and Share Wednesday at Mostly Homemade Mom, at Wonderful Food Wednesday at All She Cooks, at Wellness Wednesday at Intoxicated on Life,  at Gluten Free Wednesdays on the Gluten Free Homemaker, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFGLINS, at Proverbs 31 Thursday at Raising Mighty Arrows, at Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage,  at Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies, at The Project Stash at Seven-Alive, at Fantastic Thursday on Five Little Chefs, at Thriving on Thursday at Domesblissity, at Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch, at Thursday’s Treasures at Chocolate, Chocolate and More,  at Pin It Thursday on Sweet Bella Roos, at Natural Living Link Up at Little Natural Cottage, at Catch as Catch Can at My Repurposed Life, at Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger, at From the Farm on Fresh Eggs Daily, at Shine On Fridays at One Artsy Mama, at Foodie Friday on Simple Living and Eating, at Freedom Fridays on My Turn For Us,  at Friday Favorites on Simply Sweet Home, at Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm, at Weekend Wonders at The Thriftiness Miss, at Friday Food Frenzy at Mostly Food and Crafts,  at Weekend Potluck at Sunflower Supper Club, at Sweet and Savory Saturdays at Dessert Now, Dinner Later, at Friday Link Party at The Pin Junkie, at Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead, at Make Your Own Monday at Nourishing Treasures, at Mouthwatering Monday at A Southern Fairy Tale, at Better Mom Monday at The Better Mom, at A Round Tuit at Creating My Way To Success, at Mix It Up Monday at Flour Me With Love, at Melt In Your Mouth Monday at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms,  at On The Menu Monday at Stone Gable, at Marvelous Monday at This Gal Cooks, at Recipe Sharing Monday at Jam Hands, at Trim Healthy Tuesday, and at Clever Chicks at The Chicken Chick.



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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • http://blog.jennimullinix.com Jenni Mullinix

    Yum! Thanks for the tasty looking recipe and for hosting! :)

    • Stacy

      :-) Thanks for linking up, girl!

  • Kristin

    I cannot WAIT to try these! Looks delicious, yet again, Stacy!

    • Stacy

      :-) Booya.

  • Kristin

    PS, one thing that always comes up on the fb group is how to AFFORD the THM lifestyle, I always point the questioner to your website, but I (and MANY others) would love to see a writeup of what you get, where, and maybe buy prices and YOUR essentials for THM! Just an idea ;) Thanks for all you do! Your blog is a go-to guide for THIS former coupon queen turned THM!

    • Stacy

      Well, then we’re two former coupon queens here. :-) Nice to meet you and thanks for the referrals! I’ll add those ideas to my queue. Thanks!

  • http://na marie in Montana

    Stacy,
    Thanks for the article AND all the great recipes you posted yesterday,I am still going through all of them. I do have a question about the xylitol. Is NuNaturals different than xylitol? I am having such a hard time with the sweeteners.
    Thanks, keep the faith,

    • Stacy

      NuNaturals pure white stevia EXTRACT is what I use, but it’s not the same as xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol and can be used cup-for-cup like sugar. There is a stevia post linked above in the link-ups that will answer a lot of questions for you. :-)

  • Lori

    Stacy, I had just ordered some xylitol when I put in an order for the truvia making stuff that you had posted about a while back. Not sure why I ordered it, but now I do…I can make brownies! My DH will be soooo delighted. He does like his sweets….

    I really enjoy and value your blog. You are awesome!

    • Stacy

      Make sure he doesn’t eat the whole pan…laxative effect and all. LOL He might think you’re playing a dirty joke! LOL LOL Okay, I’m cracking myself up here!!!

  • http://walkinginlightblog.com Debbie Lund

    Thanks for another opportunity to link up, and a double thank you for featuring my coconut macaroon muffin in a mug. I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to try it. I added my raspberry cheesecake rollups today :) .

    • Stacy

      Debbie – you’re gonna have to stop this…you’re showing everyone else up. LOL LOL

  • https://www.facebook.com/shabbychickbycrystal?ref=hl crystal

    wonder if i could use maple syrup for our sugar?

    • Stacy

      The additional liquid might change the consistency – but you could try it!

  • http://www.foodieinwv.com/ Foodie in WV

    I use almond flour a lot in my cooking since it’s gluten free. These look great!

    • Stacy

      Thanks! They taste pretty stinking delicious.

  • http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com Julieanne Miller

    Stacy, we use xylitol in small amounts here, because it definitely gives us intestinal upset, and our guests who come over to our home and aren’t used to xylitol in any way also get intestinal upset from it. If I were to sub erythritol for the xylitol, I wonder how much of it I would use instead?

    Thanks,

    Julieanne

    • Stacy

      Julieanne, I would try it in the same amount as the xylitol. I haven’t done that with this particular recipe, but I have done it with a couple other successfully.

  • Christine

    Hi Stacy! I am very much looking into the world of Trim Healthy Mama and can’t wait to try this recipe since I just happen to have a bag of almond flour in the cupboard. Had no idea what to do with it until now! My question is this. Have you seen more money going towards groceries since switching to THM? I ask because I have looked at the almond and coconut flour prices at the store; I am guessing that these products aren’t used as much as I would use wheat flour because of the encouragement to stay away from carbs, but knew you would be the one to ask. :) (And also, where would you get xylitol? Is it in the baking aisle at the store or more of an online purchase?)

    • Stacy

      I get xylitol from Vitacost. :-)
      Has our grocery bill gone up? Yes – but that’s not because of THM…it was going up before. Because we’re eating more high quality items – that was a decision we made before we even started THM.
      I do buy coconut and almond flour but I don’t use them very often – maybe a couple times a week…when we were eating wheat, it was almost EVERY DAY. Yikes.

  • http://dawnsdailychocolate.wordpress.com Dawn

    These sound fabulous! I like to use xylitol, too, but I really have to watch my portions VERY carefully, or I get a gassy tummy. Although these brownies just might be worth it! LOL It’s probably a good thing that I don’t have the ingredients in the house or I might be making these instead of washing the kitchen floor.

    • Stacy

      Wait – you choose to wash your kitchen floor instead of make brownies? Dawn honey, I think your priorities might be screwed up.

      • http://heidisathome.blogspot.com Heidi

        I love you. The end :)

        (ok, not the end, but seriously . . . best comment ever!)

        • Stacy

          LOL Love you too!

  • http://www.adelightfulglow.com/ deborah

    We have that cookbook and those brownies are awesome, although I’ve never tried them the THM way. Can you use peanut flour instead of almond flour?

    • http://www.adelightfulglow.com/ deborah

      Also, is xylitol different than Truvia? I’m slowly learning a few things and making a few changes. :)

      • Stacy

        Xylitol is a sugar alcohol and can be used cup-for-cup in place of sugar. Truvia is erythritol mixed with a bit of stevia. It cannot be used cup-for-cup in place of sugar because it’s stronger due to the steiva. :-)

    • Stacy

      I have never done that…when I use peanut flour, I usually just use it as part of the recipe and not the entire amount of flour.

  • Lyssa Hurst

    I don’t even care that it’s too hot to turn the oven on. These brownies must be made.
    Thank you!

    • Stacy

      I currently am in my kitchen and it’s 80 degrees outside. I have the oven, crock pot, and stovetop on and I’m sweating like a pig. LOL But I’m having fun!!

  • http://www.simplyhealthyhome.com Jessica

    Thanks for hosting! These look great! :)

    • Stacy

      They taste great too! Wish I was eating one right now.

  • Angela

    Love the muffin in the mug idea but what is the alternative if you don’t own a microwave? I really want to try it!

    • Stacy

      I bake mine at 350 for about 15-20 minutes. :-) Easy!!

  • http://expatprep.blogspot.com/2013/06/trim-healthy-treats-skinny-on-chocolate.html Cindy

    Those look yummy – definitely going to have to try them!

    • Stacy

      I hope you enjoy them!

  • http://www.glutenfreematters.com Judee@ Gluten Free A-Z

    Hi Stacy,
    Thank you for visiting my blog at Gluten Free A-Z ( riced cauliflower) and leaving a comment. I came over to visit yours and discovered your healthy blog carnival that I didn’t know about. I’ll be there participating next Tuesday. Really enjoyed your site.

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Judee! :-) I’m happy to have you here.

  • Crystal

    It was a blessing to see this cookbook picture posted. I have a copy that belonged to a friend that died a few years ago. She let us try the lemon squares a few weeks before her death.

    • Stacy

      I’ve made those too! They are very good. :-) So glad this brought happy memories.

  • Stacy

    I hope you enjoy!

  • Hannah

    I love almond flour; it rocks this earth! I used to make my mother (The Simple Homemaker) almond flour cookies that she worshiped. (Not literally). This recipe looks so awesome; awesome as in “I can’t live the next year of my life without making them at least once.” Thank you!

    • Stacy

      LOL Hannah…you and your Mama make me smile.

  • Diane Balch

    I love baking with almond flour it is very traditionally used in Mediterranean baking. I hope you saw #21 from the foodie friday party it is an paleo strawberry almond coffee cake… I think you would love it. Thanks for sharing your delicious brownies with us.

    • Stacy

      Yep! I checked it out already. :-)

  • Sydney Ramirez

    Stacy,

    I just want to thank you for introducing me to THM. I have struggled so much in the past trying to lose weight and was essentially starving myself and not losing weight. I’ve lost 14 lbs. in a month and my energy levels are soaring. I love the plan, love the food, and feel so much better. I have MS, a rare form of arthritis, hypothryoidism and fibromyalgia. If I can do it, anyone can. :)

    • Stacy

      That makes me SO HAPPY, Sydney!!! Congratulations!!! :-) :-)

  • http://www.21stcenturyhousewife.com/ April Harris

    I like the sound of that cookbook, and your brownies look scrumptious. I like how you have made them a bit healthier, and I always enjoy using almond flour, both for flavour and texture. I’ve pinned this recipe to the Hearth and Soul hop recipes board. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Stacy

      Thank you for hosting another week!

  • Diana

    Stacy do you think I could use only stevia in this recipe? I don’t have anything else (except sugar which is OFF limits, except for Kombucha making :) I am pretty desperate for a brownie and I don’t have xylitol…

    • Stacy

      I’ve never tried it that way – most brownie recipes need the bulk of the sugar to work out. Do you have protein powder? You could use a couple scoops of it for the bulk and then just use the equivalent of 1/2 cup of sugar in the stevia.

  • Marsha ‘Nana’ Baker

    These look amazing! Thanks so very much for linking them up at Weekend Potluck. Please come again soon.

    • Stacy

      I’ll be there next week! :-)

  • Stacy

    Any brownie is good looking…unless it’s on fire. LOL

  • Stacy

    Double yum!

  • Stacy

    Gotta learn something new every day, right? :-) Thanks for hosting!

  • Its_Gwen

    This is TOTALLY happening here as SOON as I get my hands on some almond flour.

    • Stacy

      I’ll be right over..when you get that flour.

  • Stacy

    You could try – that’s what the original recipe called for. :-) You might have to adjust the liquid amounts…you’re look for brownie batter consistency. Good luck!

  • Stacy

    Seriously, that makes me so happy that I just can’t stop smiling. :-) :-)

  • Hannah, the Horsecrazy-Bookwor

    No! Not wonderful-looking brownies! Why do you do this to me? These brownies look indescribably delicious. Now I have to make them and eat perhaps half the batch on my own.
    (My mother will eat the other half. And then we’ll both get stomach aches and regret it, but not learn from our mistakes the next time.)
    Thank you!

    • Stacy

      They WERE indescribably delicious – make some right now. :-)

  • Jacie

    I noticed xylitol is a bit thicker granuals. Is this normal and how it should be used in this recipe? I have the “Now” brand. Hope its a good one.

    • Stacy

      I just sub xylitol one for one with sugar. Are you asking me how to make it without the stevia? Because it calls for 1/2 cup xylitol.
      Yes, Now is my favorite brand. :-)

      • Jacie

        Oh no no, I am THM so I will be using the xylitol. I’ve just read about people “grinding” it first and I wanted to be sure that I didn’t need to do that for the brownies.

        • Stacy

          No, you don’t need to in a recipe like this. You have to grind the Truvia or Xylitol to make things like Skinny Chocolate – recipes where it won’t be able to dissolve. :-) You’re safe here.

  • Carly

    In the oven now . . . .

    • Stacy

      I”m jealous.

  • Regina

    Made these today to have at my son’s birthday party while everyone else was eating cake. YUMMMM! Did not feel like I was missing out at all. Thank you thank you!!!!

    • Stacy

      I made them this weekend too!

  • http://thesunnypatch.blogspot.ca/ Tonia

    Just had to leave a message … I’ve had this recipe pinned for ages and finally made them…. They are wonderful! Thanks for sharing this recipe – it’s going in my THM tried-and-true recipe book! (Now to restrain myself from eating them all in one day!)

    • Stacy

      I made them again over the weekend – man….I love them more every time!

  • Emily

    SO yummy! My husband was thrilled- he keeps saying “I can’t believe I get to eat these and still be on plan!” :)

    • Stacy

      YEAH! Fist bump!

  • Noemi

    How much of truvia or thm sweet blend do I use?? I don’t have xylitol.

    • Stacy

      Xylitol measures cup for cup like sugar – truvia does not. It’s about double the sweetness of sugar. You could try using 1/2 the amount of truvia instead of xylitol, but it might not turn out. I haven’t tried that. I used xylitol to get the same bulk as I would get from sugar. Most recipes for baked goods need the bulk that sugar provides. :-)