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Paleo Brownies

Paleo BrowniesI started a six week Paleo Challenge as part of the Cross Fit box I joined. It’s Day six and I’m already having significant sugar cravings. Since sugar, along with dairy, legumes, grains and artificial sweeteners are out, I have to be creative about how to satisfy my sweet tooth without breaking my diet.

I found these delish Paleo Brownies on The Healthy Foodie, and made a few tweaks. I was nervous, but they were absolutely devine! The only problem was that they were a little too good, setting the stage to overindulge. Try them and I promise you will like them!

Brownie 

  •             1 ripe avocado
  •             1 cup sweet potato puree
  •             ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce (I used Trader Joes)
  •             ¼ cup date paste (Make this by pouring boiling water over dates and letting it sit for one day in the fridge. Then puree the dates and water into a paste)
  •             1 tsp vanilla extract
  •             3 eggs
  •             1/4 cup coconut flour
  •             ½ cup cocoa powder
  •             ½ tsp  salt
  •             1 tsp baking soda
  •             ½ cup pecans
  •            ½ cup unsweetened coconut (You can find these at Earth Fare)

Icing 

  •             ¼ cup date paste (see note above)
  •             ½ cup almond butter
  •             ¼ cup cocoa powder

Blend all of the brownie ingredients together in a food processor and pour into a 8X8 square brownie pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Refrigerate for several hours, as these are definitely best cold. Top with the icing if you’d like, but I actually prefer them sans icing.

What do you think? Have you ever had avocado in a sweet treat? Do you have any paleo sweet treat recipes to share?

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