These paleo brownies are adapted from the Mexican brownies recipe in Becky’s cookbook, Paleo Planet. A few months ago, I got Becky’s beautiful cookbook in the mail, and I’ve been slowly cooking my way through her recipes. I have been a big fan of Becky’s blog, A Calculated Whisk, and I’m so glad that she came out with a paleo cookbook! Flipping through the pages of the book is like taking a trip around the world with our tastebuds. There’s over 125 mouth-watering recipes that are inspired by different world cuisines. I’m particularly in love with her Peruvian roast chicken, bi bim bánh bowl, and smoky sweet potato latkes. I just wish I had this book when I was on the Whole30!
I decided to make Becky’s Mexican brownies for the blog because good paleo dessert recipes can be difficult to find sometimes. I lightened the original recipe by substituting 3 tablespoons of ghee for unsweetened applesauce. On a scale from cakey to fudgy, these brownies are more on the cakey side because of the applesauce. The texture is lighter than your average brownie, which is exactly what I wanted. I also took out the cayenne pepper from the original recipe because the savory flavor threw me off a bit.
These brownies are incredibly easy to make, so make a batch soon!
MASTER MY MISTAKES / COOKING NOTES
- Use eggs at room temperature: Using room temperature eggs helps the ingredients blend together better. For one of my test batches, I used eggs straight out of the fridge. When I mixed it with the melted ghee, some of it solidified again, and I found small clumps of ghee in my batter. To get the eggs to be room temperature, leave them out overnight or place the eggs in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Use a greased spatula to spread batter: The batter is pretty thick, so you’ll want to use a greased spatula to help spread the batter to the edges of the pan. Cooking spray works well for this.
- Don’t bother using an electric mixer: I tested out a batch that I mixed using an electric mixer, and the brownies were too airy for me. Mixing all the ingredients with a wooden spoon will do the trick.
- Don’t forget to sift ingredients: I find almond flour and cocoa powder tends to be pretty clumped up, so I like to sift those ingredients whenever I bake with them. The batter came out more evenly mixed when I sifted the ingredients.
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Spiced Paleo Brownies
- 3/4 cup (90g) almond flour
- 2/3 cup (70g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup (30g) tapioca flour or starch
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup + 1 TBS, 30ml ghee
- 3 TBS unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup (145g) coconut sugar
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup walnut halves
- cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C). Place walnut halves in a baking dish and bake for 8 minutes. Chop walnuts when they are cool enough to handle.
- Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line it with a sheet of parchment paper.
- Sift almond flour and cocoa powder into a medium bowl. Mix in tapioca flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.
- Place ghee in a small bowl and melt in the microwave for 20 seconds. Pour melted ghee into a large bowl. Add applesauce, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Pour dry ingredients into the bowl and stir until just incorporated.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Spray a spatula with cooking spray, and use it to spread batter to the edges. Tap baking dish on your counter a few times so that the batter settles more evenly in the pan. Top batter with chopped walnuts. Bake for 28 to 33 minutes, rotating halfway through. I baked it for 28 minutes.
- Let brownies cool in pan for about 10 minutes and transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. Cut into 9 or 16 squares. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. They taste great the next day!
Disclosure: The links to Becky Winkler’s Paleo Planet are affiliate links.