Calling all sweet tooths! Brownies are a dessert staple – right after cake, ice cream and pie. There are so many variations of the brownie recipe that it can be difficult to carve out your own, but after many attempts I think I’ve done it.
It took a while to get this recipe right, but I found that spinach, of all things, is the key. Not only does it add a little nutrition to the treat but it also helps keep the brownie moist. I’ve also added Cardomom, which is a bit of an exotic spice. If you don’t have it in your cupboard you can skip it, but I think it rounds out the taste nicely. Oh, and these brownies are also gluten-free! Does it get any better than that?
Perfect Gluten-Free Spinach Brownies
makes @16 brownies
Serve with Almond Milk
- raw cacao powder – 5 tablespoons
- sesame oil – 1/2 cup
- maple syrup – 1 1/2 cups
- almond meal – 1/2 cup
- steamed spinach – 1 cup (@3-4 cups raw)
- sorghum flour – 1/4 cup
- cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
- cardamom – 1/4 teaspoon
- salt – 1 teaspoon-himalaya or sea salt
- eggs – 2 lightly beaten
- vanilla extract – 1 tablespoon
- walnuts – crushed, 1/2 cup
- dark chocolate chips – 1/2 cup dairy and gluten-free chips from Enjoy Life
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Line an 9×12-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Steam the spinach until wilted (about 2 minutes).
In a mixing bowl whisk together the raw cacao, almond meal, sorghum flour, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and baking soda.
Put the maple syrup and the spinach in a blender and blend until pureed.
Make a well in the center of the mixing bowl and add the beaten eggs, vanilla extract, sesame oil and maple syrup-spinach mixture. Beat on low-medium for two minutes, until the batter begins to come together. At first it will seem thin but keep beating until it thickens and becomes smooth and glossy. It might seem a little soupy to you but that is ok. It will come together in the oven.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
If you are adding nuts, stir in the nuts by hand. Even out the batter with a silicone spatula.
Stud the top with some dark chocolate chips and press in slightly.
Bake in the center of a preheated 350ºF oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the brownies are set. The top will crack, like a flourless chocolate cake. You will know it is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Originally posted on my website, TappsTips.com