I know I’m on an almond flour kick, but when I find something I like, I try to play around with it until I get it right. Here’s what I came up with.
A few weeks back I found a pound bag of slivered almonds for $4.99 at my grocery store. I figured the could come in handy for something sometime down the line, so I bought them.
What did I find? They make some kick ass almond flour.
I was using Trader Joe’s almond meal, which was much more course than regular flour, but seemed to work OK in my recipes. I didn’t like the way my pancakes came out, but my cookies came out fine.
So when I headed over to a dinner party at our friend Suzanne’s house Saturday night, I knew that making brownies were in order. But not just any brownies, of course.
My brownies contained:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup agave nectar
- 2 eggs
- 1tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder (I will omit this next time)
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter and unsweetened chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; cool.
- Meanwhile, grease an 8x8x2 inch baking pan; set aside. Stir agave into cooled chocolate mixture in saucepan. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon after each additional just ntil combined. Stir in vanilla
- In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture; stir until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, then quickly pour batter into pan. You’ll see the chocolate chips will start to melt so swirl the top for fun effect.
- Bake at 350* for 30 minutes. Eat and enjoy.
These were a little cakey for my liking, but I think it’s because I used the baking powder. However, they were a hit at the party and NO ONE KNEW I used whole wheat and almond flour, and agave instead of sugar.
I surprised myself with how tasty they came out. Next time I will also use baking chocolate squares to get the fudgy effect but I only had the powder on hand.
Oh and I got my car back. A new radiator, fixed head gasket, “new” engine, and $6K later, here’s to not being stranded on the highway (or anywhere for that matter) for a while.