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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Almond Flour Brownies
- 2 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup xylitol/erythritol or sugar of your choice
- ¼ teaspoon pure white stevia extract (I use NuNaturals) Hey, Big Brother – that’s my affiliate link
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup almond flour
- ½ cup chopped nuts (we like walnuts)
- Grease an 8 inch baking pan/dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small saucepan, combine butter and chocolate. Warm only until melted. Cool slightly.
- Add xylitol/sugar, stevia, eggs, vanilla, salt, soda, and almond flour. Stir well.
- Fold in nuts.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes or just until edges start to set. Do not overbake. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust brownies are yucky.
Yield: 9 brownies
THM Compliant: These are an S dessert when using xylitol and stevia.