Guilt Free Brownies You Have to Make to Believe

by Lauren Matthies


Please don't take my word on these.  I firmly believe that you have to make them yourself to believe me.  I trust my sister and believe her even when I shouldn't (I can be gullible and my sister can be convincing).  Even still, she promised me that they would turn out, but I was very skeptical.  This was one of those times that I should have believed her.  Not only did they turn out, but they taste good!

So, don't take my word on it.  Try them for yourself.  And, once you have all the ingredients on hand, they are very easy to make.

I didn't even take pictures early on because I was so unsure about this recipe.  Here is after I whisked the wet ingredients (I didn't even take time to focus the picture, because I wasn't buying it).

Okay, now I'm feeling a little better because cocoa powder!  But, I was also thinking, this better not be a waste of my delicious chocolate (I almost put chocolate chips in the batter, but didn't want to waste them too.  Next time, I'll try it with some mix ins.  Yes, that means I'll be making it again.)

The batter actually looked pretty good at this point, but I didn't want to get my hopes up, and I was distrusting of the amount of batter relative to the pan.  I had to use a spatula to even it out and the layer was very thin (don't panic, remember, I felt the same way).

Coming out of the oven... I'm feeling better now (still skeptical until I taste them).

Fresh cut corner piece I'll try half of you.

Okay, I'll eat the rest of you!  

I'm excited for my husband to try these.  Of course I won't tell him what's in them until after he tries them.  I have a feeling they'll be too rich for him.  They are a tad dry and dense compared to a more cake-like brownie.  I like them, but I'll follow up on what my picky eater thinks.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together almond butter, maple syrup, egg, butter, and vanilla.
  2. Stir in cocoa powder and baking soda.
  3. Pour into a greased square baking pan.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-20 minutes.
  5. Be amazed!