These are some of the easiest Paleo brownies to bake – I need easy baking as I am genuinely terrible at following precise measurements. Baking is a science and I’m never one for too much science in cooking – luckily these brownies turned out well enough to share the recipe. 🙂
What makes them proteinaceous?
Simply put they are crammed with Almonds! Plus an egg! I love eating these types of protein for a quick but not sugary energy boost – unlike sugar, protein provides quick release energy that doesn’t make you crash shortly after consuming it. Have you ever felt tired and turned to a chocolate bar thinking it give you a boost? Of course, we have all done that! How many times has it given you a hyperactive feeling followed by the need to close your eyes? Every time I hear you say! 🙂
Solution? Protein! And a variety of proteins too. Being Paleo a large portion of my food intake is protein, but it’s not all steak and eggs… I love the range available naturally, across so many food types. Nuts, seeds, fish, lean red meat, chicken, eggs, vegetables galore are all fabulous sources of protein. I love them all!!
Discounting a couple, and you’ve got a great list of Paleo diet friendly protein here.
Why lots of protein is a great diet choice
Eating protein increases the metabolism by burning fat quicker than carbohydrates. Protein rich foods are also very satisfying so keeping you feeling full for longer.
If you’re training or generally keeping your fitness levels hight, protein is key for growth and repair of muscles. After a gym session or run, it’s ideal to consume protein, not only to repair but also to give yourself a much deserved boost, allowing your day top continue and avoiding an after work out slump. Not only muscle repair is something protein is essential for, but also general maintenance of good skin, tough bones and strong nails. It’s an all rounder when you’re smart about what protein you eat.
So, on to the recipe…. shall we?
- 1 cup of Almond Butter (Meridian is my favourite)
- 1/3 cup of Orange blossom Honey (Orange blossom optional)
- 1/3 cup of Raw Cacao powder
- 1 Medium to Large Egg
- 2 tbsp of Coconut Oil
- 1/1 tsp Baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla essence, or 1/2 Vanilla pod
- (Optional) Coconut flakes
- Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350°F or gas mark
- Line a small cake tin, or small oven dish with grease proof paper. If you don't have any rub a small amount of coconut oil in the tray/dish.
- Mix together the egg, coconut oil (melted but not hot), almond butter, honey and vanilla in a large bowl.
- Add the baking powder and of course the key chocolatey element, the cacao powder.
- Mix all together until you have a smooth batter.
- Gently pour into your tin/dish.
- Sprinkle coconut flakes on top.
- Pop in the oven.
- Wait 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven.
- Leave to cool for a few minutes then gently tip the one large brownie onto a cooling tray.
- TRY, to wait for them to cool down before eating. 🙂