Gluten Free Carob Almond Fudgy Brownies

Another sweet recipe for you to try healthier options for dessert!  Not only are these brownies easy to make, they are fudgy and chewy just like real brownies! My favorite thing about this recipe is the carob powder.

What is carob powder?  Carob comes from the pod of a trees that grows by the Mediterranean Sea.  The pod contains sweet, edible pulp that can be ground into a powder called carob flour.  It's similar to cocoa powder in color and can be substituted one-for-one in recipes, though it has its own unique flavor and texture. 

It's a great chocolate substitute that is naturally sweet, low in fat, high in fiber, has calcium, and more importantly, has NO caffeine!  This makes it an even better option for those that are sensitive to caffeine and preggos.  In addition, carob is packed with pectin, a soluble fiber.  Traditionally it was used to soothe an upset stomach.  

I decided to add almond butter to my recipe to get some magnesium to help my legs that have been occasionally cramping first thing in the morning this past week.  Remember, almonds are rich in magnesium and great for your muscles and calming.  You can include that in your brownies if you want to.

So dig in and treat yourself to a healthy treat!!  Takes 5 minutes to make and 30 minutes to bake!

Gluten Free Carob Almond Fudgy Brownies

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup carob powder (may use cocoa if you prefer)
1/2 cup plus 2 tbs butter, melted
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup almond butter (optional)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Mix together all the ingredients.  Pour into a greased 8 x 8 baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.  Cool for 20 minutes before serving. Can store at room temp or in the fridge in an airtight container.









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