Satisfy your sweet tooth with these healthy Egg Free Brownies
Dietary restrictions can often prevent us from consuming our favorite snacks and desserts, but with a few tweaks to a recipe, those days are over! If your egg intolerance is keeping you from enjoying chocolatey brownies, we’ve got the Egg Free Brownies you’ve been waiting for. These Egg Free Brownies are made with Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin instead of eggs, making these brownies the perfect alternative to your typical boxed mix or bakery treat.
Made with cacao, banana, maple syrup, coconut oil, and almond flour, these Egg Free Brownies are also boast nutritious ingredients, free of refined sugar or preservatives.
Treat yourself sans guilt with our Egg Free Brownies made with Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin and give your body an added boost of nutrition.
Benefits of Cacao Powder
You might be asking yourself, “Wait…chocolate is healthy?” Good news! Chocolate can certainly be healthy, primarily because cacao is a great antioxidant. Studies have shown that cacao powder contains antioxidants that help promote oxidative repair (1). Research also shows that cacao can also promote improved cognitive function and overall health (2). Make sure to reach for dark chocolate though–it has a higher percentage of cacao and more nutrients than milk!
Benefits of Banana
Not only are bananas a convenient and filling fruit, they offer a wealth of nutritional benefits and help make this egg free recipe a nutritional powerhouse. Fiber-rich bananas are a great resource to improve digestion (5). Containing around 100 calories and 3g of fiber, bananas are linked to a lower body weight and metabolism management (6). Need to refuel post-gym? Keep a banana in your gym bag; they’re often referred to as a ‘perfect food’ for athletes as they help to replenish sore muscles and reduce cramping (7).
Benefits of Maple Syrup
Sure, maple syrup is delicious on a stack of pancakes but did you know that it can provide your body with powerful antioxidants as well? Research has shown that this natural sweetener contains a surprisingly high antioxidant content, which can aid in eliminating free radicals and help to promote a healthy inflammatory response (8). Make sure you’re selecting natural maple syrup instead of the sugar-filled supermarket brands in the breakfast aisle!
Benefits of Almond Flour
These Egg Free Brownies not only eliminate the use of traditional white flour, but it’s replacement is packed with nutrients! Almond flour has many health benefits and is a great substitute for white flour when baking. Just one cup of almond flour contains more than 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin E, which research has shown helps to encourage a healthy metabolism (3). Even better, almond flour can promote high energy levels, as the Vitamin B12–found in high amounts in almonds–plays an essential role in energy production (4).
Benefits of Coconut Oil
You have probably heard of beauty products containing coconut oil for smoother skin or healthier hair, but coconut oil also has rewarding benefits when ingested, too! Replacing vegetable oil with coconut oil is a great choice due to coconut oil’s content of medium chain triglycerides, which are fatty acids that move directly to the liver from the digestive tract, creating a quick source of energy (9). Medium chain triglycerides have also been shown to encourage satiety, which ultimately helps with weight management (10).
Benefits of Beef Gelatin
Using Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin is exactly what makes these Egg Free Brownies an egg free recipe. Beef Gelatin has several benefits; it may help ease digestion (13), strengthen of joints and bones (12), improve the health of hair, skin, and nails (11). The benefits of Beef Gelatin are great, and primarily helps the body digest food you might not be used to eating. Beef Gelatin is slower to digest, moves through the GI tract further and coats the small intestine. This is beneficial in gut healing diets like GAPS, AIP, or SCD.
- 9 oz. dark chocolate chips, divided
- ¼ c. coconut oil 2 large bananas, mashed
- ½ c. canned light coconut milk
- 1/3 c. maple syrup or honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 2/3 c. blanched almond flour
- ¼ c. cacao powder
- 3 tbsp. ground flax meal
- 2 tsp. Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- Optional for topping: your favorite healthy chocolate frosting
- Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease a 9x9” or 7x11” glass or aluminum pan with a bit of coconut oil. Reserve ½ cup of the chocolate chips.Add the remaining chips with the ¼ cup coconut oil to a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a small pot of simmering water and stir until smooth (you can also microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between). Set it aside to cool slightly. Add the mashed banana, coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and apple cider vinegar to the bowl of a large stand mixer. Mix on medium speed to combine. Move the speed to high until smooth. With the mixer running on low, drizzle in the melted chocolate and coconut oil mixture. Mix to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cacao powder, ground flax meal, Beef Gelatin, baking powder, sea salt, and reserved ½ cup chocolate chips. Add to the wet ingredients and mix on low to incorporate. Allow the batter to rest for 2-3 minutes for the flours and gelatin to absorb. Mix again on medium speed until fairly smooth.
- Pour the batter out into the greased baking pan and spread it out evenly.
- Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (baking times may vary slightly based on the specific pan used). Allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing, frosting (if desired), and serving.
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