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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Add maple syrup and vanilla to melted cashew butter and coconut oil.
- Mix together well. (It should look like caramel sauce)
- 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