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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Gluten-free Brownie {also nut & dairy free}

So, something weird happened... I got a craving for brownies. That pretty much never happens to me. I was one of those funny kids who really didn't care much about brownies. Weird, I know.

I had to go searching for a gluten-free brownie recipe to go off of since it's not something I ever make. I've been experimenting with tahini butter lately in attempt to eat less nuts, especially in the form of almond butter. I think they've been the root cause of some small bumps I keep getting on my legs right above the knees. Maybe I'll write more on that later...

Regardless, I know of some others who have asked for nut free recipes, so I'm especially happy to share this one for them! And guess what? My husband & son didn't even know I put spinach in them and won't know until they read this post. Hehe :) 
I love finding ways to sneak more green in! Just don't go all crazy pants on me calling these "healthy" because they have spinach in them & are dairy, gluten, & sugar free. I think it's a better option than many other desserts but they are definitely still a sweet treat & should be treated that way. I just don't want to hear back that you can't fit into your jeans as well after you devour the whole pan yourself ;0)

Alright, enough rambling... Hope you enjoy the soft, chewy chocolate goodness!

Gluten-free Brownies

½ cup tahini butter (can use sunbutter or almond butter as well)
3 eggs
½ cup pure maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
½ cup cacao powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup chocolate chips (optional) - I broke up an 85% dark choc bar, Enjoy Life brand makes good ones as well
1 cup spinach (optional)

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender & mix until well combined.
2. Stir the chocolate chips in by hand into the batter (if using)
3. Pour the batter into a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish
4. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes
5. Cool complexly (approximately 1 hour) before cutting & serving.