This week I teamed up with my friend Ashley from Healthy.Easy.Yum! and we cooked homemade delicious Spanish themed food. Ashley created quick and easy Chilies Rellenos Bake and I baked Coconut Flour Cinnamon Brownies. Just this week Ashley passed her National Exam and is officially a registered dietitian! Her awesome blog features healthy, easy and delicious food, perfect for all food lovers. We met in College at OSU and recently reconnected through our food blogging adventures. Be sure to check out her delicious meal and other posts on her blog. Hopefully when I move back to Portland we will create more delicious meals together to share with you!
The Chilies Rellenos Bake was creamy, cheesy and delicious; perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! And you could probably imagine from the title of her blog, but they are also easy and healthy! I am always looking for quick and healthy meals and this one will definitely be added to my weekly rotation of dinners. The meal and dessert combo was great together; healthy with a little bit of chocolate indulgence.
When you google coconut flour, lots of websites pop-up discussing the paleolithic diet. What’s up with this new “Paleo” diet, you ask? Basically, back in the caveman days- all they ate was food that could be hunted, gathered or fished. Flash forward to today when this diet is popularized to help us be “healthier, lose weight and curb disease.” However, this is easier said than done. There are several limitations to this diet including much lower carbs (which would be impossible for me) and increased fats and meats — neither of which are necessarily healthier. The good aspect of this diet does include eating more fruits and veggies and decreasing refined sugars*.
I’m not exactly sure why so many people include coconut flour into their paleo style diet- but my guess is that you can gather a coconut, dry it out and then grind it down to flour (I don’t recommend this:) ). According to Bobs Red Mill, coconut flour has lower carbs, increased fiber and is gluten-free. I enjoy coconut flour for the delicious flavor and texture in certain dishes. Compared to baking with wheat flour, it’s a bit more complicated, so you must make important adjustments. My research has shown that you need equal amounts of liquid to dry ingredients and several eggs to make up for the lower amount of protein. It might take a little experimenting to get the perfect recipe you are looking for, but if you love the coconut taste, it is worth it!
These brownies are more cake like, very moist and soft on the inside with a crisp outside shell. They are not too rich, so even your non-chocolate lover friends will enjoy these (if those people exist). It starts with a hint of coconut and finishes with cinnamon flavor which kicks it up a notch. They were very quick and easy to whip up- but be sure to follow the recipe exactly or the brownie may not turn out. The coconut flour is very touchy; many other experiments I have made were either hard as rocks or too moist and unenjoyable. If you are looking for a quick, easy, delicious and gluten-free dessert, you found it! Enjoy and let me know what you think!
- 1/2 cup coconut flour (Bobs Red Mill)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon*
- 5 large eggs
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (or butter)
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk (or other milk)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
- 2. In a large bowl: whisk coconut flour, salt, cocoa powder and cinnamon until combined.
- 3. In a medium bowl: mix eggs, honey, vanilla, oil, and milk with beaters until well combined.
- 4. Add the egg mixture to the dry and blend well with a mixer or food processor for 1-2 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
- 6. Line the bottom of a 8x8” baking pan with parchment paper or grease well. Pour batter into pan.
- 7. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the brownies comes out clean (soft but not sticking to the toothpick). Do not over cook or your brownies will be dry.
- 8. Cool fully before slicing.
- 9. Enjoy!
- *Use up to 1.5 tablespoons cinnamon for a stronger flavor.
- Delicious with sifted powder sugar on top or with a scoop of ice cream.
Be sure to check out Ashley’s Blog: Healthy.Easy.Yum!
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Recipe adapted from Comfy Belly.
*Paleo information from EatingRight.org.
Baked by Michelle for MoreChocolate.net