Chocolate Almond Brownies

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We have been having an extremely hot summer this year, and I have been baking these brownies and putting them in the freezer, as a cool treat to eat. They are super easy to bake and to eat. The kids love running to the freezer to grab these. They also taste good along with a scoop of ice-cream (coconut ice milk), and why not add a bit of chocolate syrup and fresh raspberries. The ways to spruce these up are endless, but they taste equally well as they are.

Chocolate Almond Brownies

Inspired by: Oh She Glows

Ingredients:

4 teaspoons ground flaxseed

1 cup whole raw almonds

¾ cup plus 2 TBSP whole wheat pastry flour

2 TBSP arrowroot powder

½ cup cocoa

½ TSP kosher salt

¼ TSP baking soda

½ cup plus ¼ cup chocolate chips

¼ cup plus 2 TBSP coconut oil

1 cup coconut sugar

¼ cup almond milk

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

½ cup chopped walnuts

How to Play:

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly oil a 9 inch square cake pan and line it with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way. In a small bowl, whisk together the flaxseed and 3 TBSP water and set aside.

In a blender, or food processor, grind the almonds into a meal/flour. Sift out any large pieces. In a large bowl, whisk together the ground almonds, whole wheat pastry flour, arrowroot, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. In a medium saucepan, melt ½ cup of the chocolate chips and the coconut oil over low heat. When two-thirds of the chocolate chips have melted, remove the pan from the heat and stir until smooth. Stir in the flaxseed mixture, sugar, almond milk, and vanilla until combined. Pour the chocolate mixture over the ground almond mixture and stir well until there’s no flour on the bottom of the bowl. Fold in the walnuts, if desired, and the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread batter out evenly. Bake for 28-34 minutes (I typically bake for 25 minutes….then put them in the fridge or freezer). Let the brownies cool in the pan for 1-1 ½ hours. Do not remove brownies until fully cooled, or they could crumble.

Enjoy.

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