For the next eight weeks I’m going to be focusing on eating healthy and exercising. Of course I go straight to pinterest, and start looking for ideas, and I definitely look at desserts first…because I love my desserts. lol I came across this recipe, and thought well let me change it up to how I will eat it, and then I’ll have my small group, aka test tasters, taste it, and see how they like it. Overall it was a success! Yay! This recipe is not only gluten free, but it makes a great post workout treat.
Start the recipe with any nutter butter that you prefer. I used peanut butter. Almond butter would be a great choice here, but because I’m using almond flour, I wanted a different nutty taste.
Add in unsweetened apple sauce. At the grocery store they sell unsweetened cinnamon apple sauce…that’s my favorite, all because of that cinnamon! YUM!
Mix it all together, and it’s going to look like this. Creamy, but not too smooth. It could pass as a fruit dip at this point.
Now this is what makes this recipe gluten free, instead of all-purpose flour, we’re going to use almond flour. Almond flour is more dense than all-purpose, and has a nutty flavor. For any recipe, the flour can always be replaced with a gluten free option: almond flour, coconut flour, oat flour, quinoa flour, and there’s even more, just do a google search. Be mindful when changing flour to a gluten free option, it will change the light and fluffiness of the baked item, and more liquid might need to be added to get the right consistency. Also it’s pretty easy to make your own gluten free flour, if you have, say, quinoa in your pantry, grind it in a blender until it reaches a fine powdery consistency, and TADA, you have made your own quinoa flour!
Next add in a crunchy element. I decided on pecans, because I just love pecans…definitely my favorite nut! Also add in some flax seeds. I added in milled flax seeds, but whole flax seeds are fine too, depends on how crunchy you want this dessert to be.
Add in chopped up dark chocolate chips, and mix.
Put it into a pan, and smooth it out.
Add mini chocolate chips and shredded unsweetened coconut. (Does this remind anyone else of the 7 layer brownie bars? One of the main things that it’s missing is the sweetened condensed milk.) Pop it in the oven, and let it bake!
Let cool completely before removing from pan. I let mine cool almost completely…I couldn’t wait…so do as I say, not as I do. Had I waited…it would have been a lot easier to get these out of the pan. lol Oh well!