Do you crave chocolate in the late afternoon? Try these Paleo Brownies with Almond Butter Icing. They are rich, dense and packed with chocolate to help you get through the afternoon slump. (paleo, gluten-free)
Are you a chocolate lover?
In other words, do you find it impossible to walk by the pantry without reaching in for a handful of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips?
Yep, that’s me. In fact, I started keeping the chocolate chips in the garage freezer to keep them out of reach but alas, that only worked for a few months. I find it is best to make a healthy (ish) treat with them like these Paleo Brownies with Almond Butter Icing. It’s hard to OD on these because they are so rich, dense and chocolatey.
Whether you are following the paleo diet or not you can appreciate that these are made with almond flour which is full of protein and fiber. That’s better than white flour any day and WAY better for you than a boxed brownie mix. I used coconut sugar and coconut oil to add a bit more flavor and health benefits. Did you know that refined coconut oil has a neutral flavor? That makes it better for baking in brownies like this. Virgin coconut oil still has that yummy coconut scent and flavor which can be great in recipes where you want the coconut flavor to shine.
This is the simplest recipe ever and easily mixed in one bowl. The most difficult thing you have to do is melt your coconut oil in the microwave I know you can do this!
I am, and always will be, in love with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. I love the minis and the chunks. I used to buy them at the grocery store but they are cheaper on Amazon. This is why I currently have 6 bags of chocolate chips hidden in the depths of my garage freezer. Seriously if you haven’t tried them… you must. You will not be able to eat that other brand, like ever! Oh yeah, they are vegan, gluten free, soy free, dairy free, vegan and paleo!
These Paleo Brownies with Almond Butter Icing need to cool fully before cutting. I like to place mine in the fridge to help that icing set. They should keep well for a few days. Remember they aren’t full of additives so they won’t last as long as the boxed mixes that can stay on the counter for weeks.
These are the perfect snack for the late afternoon munchies. They are…
- oh so chocolatey
- dense and fudgy
- naturally sweetened
- perfect with ice cream!
Paleo Brownies with Almond Butter Icing
- 1/2 cup natural almond butter
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (optional)
- Melt the coconut oil in the microwave and set aside to cool a bit. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl whisk the almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt together.
- Add the three eggs and cooled coconut oil to the flour mixture. Stir well and add in chocolate chips.
- Spray a 9 x 9 baking pan with cooking spray and pour in batter. The mixture will be thick and you will need to spread with a spatula.
- Cook for about 20 minutes and then let cool completely before icing.
- When cooled make the icing. Melt 1/2 cup almond butter in the microwave and add 1-2 tbsp of coconut oil. Stir well. Pour over the cooled brownies. Place in fridge to set for an hour or so before slicing.
Check out these Gluten Free Brownies too!