Monday, August 12, 2013

Kale Brownies- My son found this recipe online and with help from his girlfriend, made them for me and my husband.

Ingredients:

3 C loosely packed kale or spinach leaves (spinach was used in ours)
1/2 C applesauce (sugar free was used)
2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 C water
3 T ground flax
3/4 C vegetable or coconut oil
1 C coconut flour (whole wheat flour was used)
3/4 C cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 C xylitol or sugar (stevia was used)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper, or grease well.  Blend together the first 6 ingredients.  If using coconut oil, make sure applesauce and water are not cold.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together remaining ingredients.  Pour wet into dry and stir until just evenly combined, pour into the prepared pan, then use a full sheet of parchment paper or wax paper to press down firmly until the batter evenly covers the pan.  Bake 19-20 minutes.  Pat down hard with a pancake spatula or another sheet of parchment paper.  Let brownies sit 15 minutes before cutting into squares.  They taste better the next day, so make them in advance if possible. 

Frosting:

1/2 C cocoa powder
2 T pure maple syrup or agave
1/2 C virgin coconut oil, melted

Mix the frosting ingredients to form a sauce.  Spread over the kale brownies, then refrigerate or freeze 10-20 minutes.  The sauce will transform into chocolate frosting.  These brownies will melt and need to be kept refrigerated.  They are high in fiber and Vitamins A, C, and K, cholesterol-free, vegan, low in sugar or sugar free and also offer Omega 3's.

These were quite good! 

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