One of my two year old nephew’s favourite passed times is baking, or as he calls it, “making”. He loves to watch me in the kitchen cooking, baking, making dinner, and even doing the dishes. Knowing that he loves being in the kitchen so much, whenever I have a day with him I always like to spend time with him in the kitchen making something, incorporating delicious and healthy foods. It’s something that I very much enjoy doing myself and is a super fun activity for us to do together.
We spent the other day together and made these awesome coconut flour brownies! They are a great healthier alternative to the traditional brownie.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 3/4cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup agave or raw honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup chopped raw walnuts
- 1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line an square glass baking pan (8″x8″) with parchment paper. (This will make removing and cutting the brownies easier). Spray lightly with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the cacao powder, melted coconut oil, and applesauce with an electric mixer until combined. Add in the agave (or honey) and vanilla extract. Mix again until combined. Add in the coconut flour and salt and mix again until the batter is thoroughly combined. The mixture will be very thick.
- Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips. Spread into prepared pan evenly.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Once cooled to room temperature, remove from pan and cut into squares. For storing, you can either refrigerate the brownies or leave them at room temperature in an airtight container.
Adapted from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures.