Paleo Chocolate Brownie with Cacao Nibs

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This is one of my perfect little accident recipes, and I am really pleased with the outcome. I wanted to use Cacao Nibs in my food, rather than just an addition to some of my morning smoothies. So I ended up with this yummy moist, melt in the mouth brownie.

Cacao nibs are essentially cacao beans, which have been broken down into smaller pieces, and you won’t believe how powerful these little gems are. First and foremost, they stimulate the brain and give us that feel good factor, basically working as a mood enhancer.  They provide iron, lots of antioxidants (important for fighting off free radicals), and they’re also a great source of magnesium. So, cacao nibs feature quite frequently in my sweet treats and breakfasts. 

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do, and that you have a happy breakfast or break without all the nasty additives and guilty feelings!

Prep: 10 minutes     Bake: 25-30    Serves: 8- 10 (depending on tray) 

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon raw cacao powder/cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil/butter
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs (provides antioxidants)
  • A sprinkle of desiccated coconut (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of bread soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC and choose a baking tray/dish that has depth to it. Grease your tray/dish with some butter/coconut oil.
  • First, mash the ripe bananas on a plate. In a separate bowl, combine coconut flour, baking soda and baking powder 
  • In another bowl, combine the melted butter/coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla essence and coconut milk. Add the mashed banana and mix thoroughly.
  • Now, add the dry ingredients and the cocao nibs to the above mixture and again…mix thoroughly. If you think the mixture is too dry, add some extra coconut oil/butter/milk.
  • Place all your ingredients into your prepared dish/tray and smooth the top with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

*Tip: I added some extra cacao nibs on top before baking and a little desiccated coconut after the bake. 

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