A Winning Chocolate Adventure

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almond browniesI’ve been dying lately for chocolatey things, fudgey things, brownie things. Notice a theme here? Being a paleo eater for the most part, I don’t eat brownies, grains, or stuff with flour in them. I went on a purposeful quest this time to make some kind of chocolatey brownie-like substance that met my criteria and didn’t break the calorie bank.

Lo and behold, I did it! I knocked it out of the park on the first try if I do say so myself. I asked The Kid what to call them and she said Almond Buddies. Sounds like a winning name to me. Friendly, warm, almond, brownie squares.

Without further ado, I introduce you to Almond Buddies!

Almond Buddies

  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 4 Tbsp baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/8 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8 x 8 baking pan with non-stick spray. Mix everything but the sliced almonds in a bowl. It’s going to be really runny. Like runny pancake batter. Make sure that you mix the coconut oil in well if the weather isn’t warm enough to melt it where you are. I had no trouble with this tonight.

Pour the batter into the pan and sprinkle the almonds evenly over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes or so. When I peeked in at them the batter had puffed up to the top of the pan. I took them out and as they cooled, they settled a bit and unpuffed. Once they cool off, slice them into 16 squares and enjoy.

browniesEach piece has 88.13 calories, 15.75 carbs, 2.34 fat, and 2.25 protein. Not bad at all! They actually are even better after refrigerating. I didn’t find this out until later since I pretty much dove in for a taste as soon as it was safe enough to not burn my tongue.

I bet these would be good with marshmallows or mini chocolate chips on top instead of the almonds if you aren’t as tight with your calories. You could also try splenda to further cut the macros. I just didn’t have any on hand or I would have done that.

Experiment if you’d like and let me know what you think! If you get a winner, you have to promise to come back and tell me what you did.

Comments

  1. Casey (The Hippie Health Nut) says:

    I love baking with pumpkin!

    • Accidental Fitness Quest says:

      Me too! It’s hard to find sometimes though. I stock up so I don’t run out! I eat pumpkin instead of grains for carbs.

  2. Wow, this look so good! Don’t kill me but I have never cooked with pumpkin….I have never even had pumpkin…I guess that makes me odd.

    • Accidental Fitness Quest says:

      I love pumpkin even right out of the can. Try a box of devils food cake mix and a 15 oz can of pumpkin. Mix just those two things with a handful of chocolate chips. Bake in cupcake wrappers for about 25 mins. Lower calorie chocolate chocolate chip muffins. They are so moist! I need to recreate those grain free somehow.

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