I had never heard of Brookies until my kids spotted them in the fresh-baked section at our Wegmans grocery store. Turns out this delightful little dessert is a chocolate chip cookie (on the bottom) and brownie bar (on top). While I had to agree that this treat was to die for, at the same time my head ached as I envisioned all of the processed sugar and gluten that my kids were consuming. So my next challenge lay before me. . . creating a Brookie recipe that would eliminate the processed sugar and gluten, add in some plant-based protein, and most importantly rival the bakery Brookie in texture and flavor!
After several iterations (which made my kitchen look like a war zone), I achieved success! I used almond flour and gluten-free oat flour to eliminate the gluten while packing in some plant-based protein at the same time. Neither parts of the recipe have any animal-based products so they are dairy-free (and vegan). Maple syrup, coconut nectar and coconut palm sugar replace the conventional sugar making them free of processed or refined sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Almond flour
  • 1 cup Gluten-free oat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut palm sugar
  • 1/3 cup Mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life dairy free)
  • 2 tablespoons Cashew butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons Maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl combine all dry ingredients (almond flour, gf oat flour, sea salt, baking soda, coconut palm sugar, and mini chocolate chips) and mix well.
  2. In a small bowl melt together cashew butter and coconut oil.  I did this for 45 seconds in the microwave on medium-low power.  If you don’t have a microwave you can use a small sauce pan on the stove.
  3. Add maple syrup and vanilla to melted cashew butter and coconut oil.
  4. Mix together well. (It should look like caramel sauce)
  5. Mix wet ingredients into dry. If you are experiencing difficulty getting the ingredients to mix well use a slicing motion with your spoon and cut the ingredients together like you would if making a pie crust.

You can find complete recipes of this Brookies (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free) in nutritionicity.com

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