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Coconut Flour Brownies

Coconut Flour Brownies

Would you like to know why today is so incredibly marvelous? I hope you said yes, because I am going to tell you either way.

Today is marvelous because I have two super exciting things to write about in this blog post. First is my contribution for April’s Recipe Redux. Second is a very special cookbook that I have a recipe featured in!

So as for the recipe…

Recipe Redux

This month’s Recipe Redux theme was “Treasured Cookware.”

Share a story of classic cookware – and a healthy recipe to go with it. Some of us will be celebrating Mother’s Day next month (May 11,) but it’s more than once a year that many of us cook with a pan, a wooden spoon or another piece of cookware passed on to us from the kitchens of our favorite relatives. Let’s see what you can cook up with your treasured kitchen tool!

This theme was very challenging for me because there so many tools in my kitchen that I love to use. Cookie sheets, vegetable peelers, food processors, whisks, baking pans just to name a few. In reality I don’t think that a single one was passed down from a relative! We do have some antique kitchen items but those are either for decoration or in storage. Maybe it’s just because I’m not old enough to be handed down anything yet?

However, since I am technically an adult now, everything in my parents’ home is kind of like a tool passed down from my relatives (aka Mom and Dad), right?! Right. From these I ended up picking two of my most commonly used kitchen tools/cookware for this recipe.

As I decided to make brownies, a glass baking dish was kind of a given. I don’t thinking brownies would have turned out very well on a cookie sheet… And seeing as how my recipe is gluten-free, a food processor was also a must. Those who bake with gluten-filled flours have to worry about over-mixing and tough final products; however, those who bake with gluten-free flours can mix to their hearts content. A food processor for blending up the batter was the obvious next conclusion. I make about 50% of my recipes in a food processor just because it’s such a fast and easy method for mixing.

Coconut Flour Brownies

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

Adapted from War Eagle Mill

Makes 9 brownies

Coconut Flour Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 or 8×8 square glass pan with parchment paper and your favorite cooking oil to prevent sticking.
  2. In a food processor place all of the ingredients and blend for about a minute or until thoroughly combined. Alternatively you could mix the eggs in a medium bowl first, then add the wet ingredients, and finally the dry ingredients, mixing well.
  3. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth out the top.
  4. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. Remove when firm to the touch (or remove sooner if you prefer gooey chocolate brownies). Let cool for a few minutes before slicing and enjoy!

Substitution notes: You can use carob powder in place of the cocoa powder for a caffeine-free version. To make this recipe sugar-free you could probably substitute the honey with 1/3 cup mashed banana or pumpkin along with some liquid stevia to taste. I have not attempted to make this recipe egg-free but a flax, chia, or tapioca egg substitute may work (no guarantee).

 After reading the rest of my post for today (trust me, you don’t want to miss it!), check out all of the other bloggers who linked up their recipes for this month’s Recipe Redux. 

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Now comes part two of today’s post, which I am equally excited to talk about. Do you remember a What I Ate Wednesday post about one month ago where I shared a picture of a quiche that I made with an almond flour crust?

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Well, I submitted that recipe to be part of Chowstalker’s first community cookbook. I got the final digital copy recently and it’s fantastic. There are so many amazing meal ideas in there and I’ve already successfully made one of the recipes for my family this weekend.

**The rest of this post was promotional and removed according to the rules of The Recipe Redux. You can read my other posts more recently on the subject matter. Sorry for any inconvenience.**

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Questions for you:

Do you prefer brownies or cake?

Have you ever contributed to a community cookbook before?

Do you have community cookbooks at home? We have a lot from church and local fire stations. 

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

I didn’t really feel like it was that important to mention before, but today is my last full-time day at my internship. After this week I’m going to be working remote from my dorm room at school and the hours will be part time.

I’d like to say that I’ve loved everything about the job. But that wouldn’t really be true. It IS work after all 😉 What I can say is that I do not regret for a second my decision to take the internship. It’s pushed me outside of my comfort zone daily. I’ve learned a lot about patience both with customers as well as myself. Most importantly though I feel more experienced.

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

Nothing except for experience and practice can make one feel more prepared for the real world. I walked into this job knowing next to nothing about taxes and I’m walking out (well, I’m “half” out) much more knowledgeable and confident.

I also kind of feel the same way now about baking using unusual ingredients!

Practice practice practice

If at first you don’t succeed

Don’t give up just keep on trying

Til you get up to speed

A++ if you know where I got that quote from 😉

Now, it’s time to get to the recipe that I promised on Wednesday

Okay, so the first thing that you’ll notice with these suckers is that they use a lot of coconut oil. Well, not A LOT a lot, but it ends up being about 1 tbsp per roll. I figured that’s alright since you all are huge fans of coconut oil too and it’s basically the most praised ingredient among food bloggers right now because of its amazing health benefits.

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

That said, I’m thinking that next time I’m going to experiment a bit with swapping out some of the coconut oil for perhaps some applesauce or pumpkin… or both? Um, yes please. Pumpkin + apple is only one of the most epic combinations ever! I may wait until pumpkin season is upon us for that rendition, but I can guarantee you that it is going to happen.

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, No Refined Sugar, GAPS/Paleo-Friendly

Makes six cinnamon rolls

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

Roll Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed + 1/2 cup water (or 4 eggs I want to test this out first myself to ensure that it works)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup to make this vegan)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

*For a different flavor swapping out the banana for pumpkin puree or applesauce would be absolutely delicious!

Filling ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (enough to cover the entire dough)

*I’m thinking that some apple chunks in the filling would be amazing, as would replacing the coconut oil with applesauce here.

Topping ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, softened

* You can use any kind of topping here. Greek yogurt + honey would be a good one. As would applesauce, nut butter, just a plain drizzle of honey or maple syrup. More cinnamon? You can never have too much cinnamon 😀

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the flax seed and water together in a medium-sized bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until thick.
  3. Mash in the ripe banana and add the remaining liquid ingredients stirring well.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients until well combined. Add more coconut flour if necessary so the dough is not sticky.
  5. Spread out another sheet of parchment paper and roll out the dough into a large rectangle (I just used my hands and it worked fine!).
  6. Coat the dough with the 2 tbsp coconut oil and 2 tbsp honey for the filling and sprinkle with the cinnamon.
  7. Roll up the dough and cut into six equal pieces. Place each piece on the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Meanwhile make the topping out of the honey and coconut oil.
  9. When the cinnamon rolls are done let cool slightly before topping and enjoying!

Notes: These are pretty nutrient-dense cinnamon rolls. One or two is plenty for a meal or snack, but I totally understand if you can’t just stop at one! 😉 If you are wanting to make these but you need a lower calorie version, here are a few suggestions- decrease the honey/coconut oil in the dough/filling to 1 tbsp in each part and replace banana and/or applesauce to keep the moisture consistent. Adding apple pieces to the filling to make the rolls thicker will also give you more bang for you calorie buck. As for the topping, you can simply drizzle the cinnamon rolls in just coconut oil or honey, replace it with some fresh fruit, cinnamon, or even eat them plain!

Shared at Food Forager.

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

Next week I hope to get busy in the kitchen as I know when school starts I’m going to rarely be home and have zero time to bake. <Insert sad face here> Look for a lot of food (as well as school) related posts coming your way soon!

Happy Friday everyone.

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Questions for you:

When do you go back to school?

What has taken you awhile to get the hang of, but you finally nailed it?

Looking back, what have you done this summer that makes it different than previous ones?