I’m not a chocolate addict. In fact, I’m much more likely to choose raisin cake over chocolate cake, or a chai latte over a hot chocolate. BUT every once in awhile, I get a strong craving for chocolate. Like I need it now kind of craving!
I tried to reintroduce cacao back into my diet several times, but it’s been fail after fail. I always react with a headache. As sad as that is, I’m ok with it, because I actually really enjoy carob. I find it to be very close to the taste of chocolate but it also has a natural sweetness to it, which works perfectly in AIP treats. Thank goodness for carob!
I’ve been waiting to share this recipe with you for quite awhile now. I made it a couple times, tweaking the recipe till it was just right, and then before I could take pictures, they were ALL gone! Between myself and my daughters there were gobbled up quickly. So I waited until I had all the ingredients stocked up again before I remade and photographed them so I could share the brownie healing goodness. But I hope the wait was worth it, because these are LEGIT! These most definitely have a spot on my top healing treats list, here’s why:
Avocado: If you aren’t aware that avocados are a superfood, you haven’t been paying attention! Avocados are high in fat but the GOOD fat, monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), which is especially good for your heart!
Collagen: Gosh I heart this supplement. Not only is it extremely healing to that leaky gut lining, but it also has a positive effect on skin, hair and nails. In this recipe I’ve successfully used:
- Regular pasture-raised collagen, my fave is Further Collagen (for 10% off use discount code AIP10).
- Collagen Veggie Blend by Vital Proteins, this one adds even more health benefits since it contain fruits and veggies).
Banana flour: In the paleo/aip world there are loads of treat recipes that use coconut flour. This isn’t a bad thing because coconut flour is a healthy substitute and is readily available. BUT I know there are many out there that cannot tolerate coconut. Banana flour is filled with potassium and other vitamins and minerals that are found in bananas, of course. It works great in baked goods, doesn’t taste anything like bananas, it doesn’t really have any taste, and the results mimic wheat flour! Since the flour is made from green bananas, it is high in resistant starch, meaning it’s not going to spike your blood sugar like a ripe banana would.
In summary, avocado gives the healthy fats, collagen the healing protein, and the banana flour offers resistant starch as well as vitamins and minerals. YES it is a completely balanced healthy treat but it tastes like a brownie!
- 1/3 cup banana flour
- 1/3 cup carob powder
- 2 tbsp collagen OR collagen veggie blend
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 small-medium avocados (approx 1/2 cup mashed)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1.5 tbsp collagen
- 1 tbsp carob
- Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, set aside.
- Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and mix until combined.
- Place batter onto a parchment lined square glass pan, and spread with a spatula until approximately an inch thick.
- Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely. Store in refrigerator.
- Mix icing ingredients together making sure there are no lumps of avocado. Add to a ziplock bag, snip corner and squeeze icing onto brownies.