Healthy 3 Ingredient Almond Butter Brownies Recipe

FFresh-out-of-the-oven udgy brownies are so irresistible that anyone who can wait for them to cool before slicing them has superhuman willpower. The chocolate scent emanating from the kitchen is truly like a siren call.

Nothing against canned mixes (Duncan Hines chewy fudge has a special place in my heart), but homemade brownies not only tend to taste better, but allow you to have complete control over the ingredient list. . If you’re trying to watch your sugar intake, that’s pretty important. But just the phrase “brownies from scratch” sounds like so a lot of work.

Healthy Almond Butter Brownies Made Easy

Here’s the thing: cooking from scratch isn’t as complicated or as simple as you make it. In fact, the creator of Kirbie’s Cravings and Cakes in a cup in 5 minutes author Jennifer Lee makes them with just three ingredients. (And no, one of them is not sugar.)

An overview of what East on the ingredient list for these popular 3-ingredient brownies: overripe bananas, almond butter, and unsweetened cocoa powder. That’s it! No flour, no eggs… eaters of all types can enjoy these almond butter brownies. (If someone you’re cooking for has a nut allergy, just use sunflower seed butter instead.)

Each ingredient in these healthy brownies is packed with nutritional benefits, including helping to prevent or treat chronic inflammation. Unsweetened cocoa powder is high in antioxidants (which directly benefit the heart and brain), almond butter is a great source of protein, and bananas are full of fiber and potassium. Cocoa, nut butter and banana are also linked to supporting a good night’s sleep, making these almond butter brownies the perfect healthy dessert.

Lee points out that since there’s no added sugar in these brownies, they’re not *as* sweet as you’ll get from a box. “They taste sweet, but it’s very sweet,” she says. But if you like extra chocolatey and rich brownies, you’ll love these. You can also customize them by adding other ingredients. Some ideas: walnuts, hazelnuts, dried cranberries or coconut flakes.

Get the recipe below and head over to Lee’s site for more delicious, nutrient-dense dessert ideas.

Almond Butter Brownies Recipe

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups overripe mashed bananas (about 4 medium bananas)
1/2 cup creamy unsweetened natural almond butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper.

2. In a food processor or blender, purée the bananas. Add almond butter and cocoa powder and mix until smooth.

3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake. Bake for about 20 minutes. The brownie batter should have puffed up, the surface should be dry. The dough should no longer be jiggly but should stay soft and not firm if pressed. Let brownies cool completely before cutting and eating.

As if the fact that these grain-free, plant-based 3-ingredient brownies are incredibly easy to make isn’t reason enough to add them to your repertoire, surely the fact that they’re paleo-friendly and vegan-a friendly dessert option will do.

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