Since this weekend is Labor Day weekend that means we celebrate!!! What better way to say good bye to summer (well not in Miami) and hello to fall with these decadently rich and oh so mouth watering brownies? By the way they can be made anytime.
So I read an interesting article the other day that I found on Twitter from Food and Wine. We have all heard the chocolate, dark chocolate has very good health benefits. Specifically the flavanols in the cocoa bean which are thought to reduce the risk of heart disease. Basically the article is talking about a new study being done about a chocolate pill that provides an extremely high dose of flavanols from the chocolate and little to no calories. The caloric intake to the equivalant of flavanols extracted from the amount of chocolate would be in the thousands. So please don't eat thousands of calories of chocolate to enhance the health benefits of flavanols in your body. The study hasn't reached a conclusion yet as to if the increase of flavanols does reduce the risk of heart disease or not, but it is interesting that it is being done.
Anyways we do know that in small doses on a regular basis dark chocolate is good for you. This recipe does not contain wheat, so it is gluten free. So here is a better for you brownie recipe that both satisfies the heart and your chocolate tooth!
Yields 8 servings
6 oz Dark Chocolate (70-75%) - I used a local chocolate company Cao Chocolate
3-4 oz Milk Chocolate - I used Callebaut Chocolate
2 large Eggs
4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/3 + 1 tablespoon Organic Cane Sugar
1/3 cup Brown Rice Flour
1/3 cup Blanched Almond Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 cup Salted Caramel (Recipe is below, just click the tab)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Either spray with coconut oil spray or grease and 8x8 pan with butter.
2. Over a double boiler melt the chocolate and butter together. Once they are melted let it sit at room temperature while you measure out the other ingredients.
3. In a bowl mix together the flours, salt, and baking powder. Add the eggs and vanilla, gently mix together. I like to make brownies by hand and not in a stand mixer I feel they come out more gooey.
4. Add the melted chocolate and butter to the bowl with the other ingredients. Either with a spatula or wooden spoon, mix to incorporate.
5. Layer 2/3rds of the brownie batter in the pan. Dollop the salted caramel on top. Pour the remaining brownie batter over it and mix it together gently.
6. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the center is cooked.
7. Remove from the oven and let it cool. Cut into 8 pieces and serve.