Coconut Brownie Squares

The week I created my oatmeal breakfast cookies, was one of my best breakfast weeks yet!  Having those breakfast cookies at hand made it so easy to just grab-n-go without having to worry about all the extra sugar and crap most processed granola bars have.  With that said, I knew I needed to create another type of breakfast/pre-workout cookie/bar/snack.

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This recipe took me some time to figure out, and a couple of goes to make right, but something delicious came out of it and it’s healthy!  These are similar in flavor to my chocolate coconut energy bites.

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First step is to combine your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Then in a food processor blend together the nuts and other wet ingredients.

Fold the paste into the dry mixture until well combined.  Before baking, taste the batter to see if it’s to your liking.  Add an extra 1/2-1 tbsp. of maple syrup if it’s not sweet enough.  Keep it at a max. of 3 tbsp.total, other wise you will mess up the beautiful nutritional content of this recipe!!!  If the batter seems a bit too crumbly and dry, and water by the tbsp.

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With damp hands, press the batter onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Careful to ensure the thickness is even throughout.

Bake it, and allow to cool for about 20-30minutes before slicing.  Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Coconut Brownie Squares
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 2-3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. 100% pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp. water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350F
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked quinoa, oats, coconut flour, cocoa powder. Set aside.
  3. In a food processor, blend the cashews, maple syrup, vanilla, and eggs into a smooth butter.
  4. Fold cashew butter into the dry ingredients and add water. Add water 1 tbsp. at a time. May need more or less water depending on texture of batter.
  5. Dump batter on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. With wet hands, press down batter flat. Try to keep the thickness consistent throughout when pressing.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 160 Fat: 7.9g Saturated fat: 2.6g Unsaturated fat: 0.8g Carbohydrates: 18.9g Sugar: 2.8g Sodium: 25.9mg Fiber: 3.9g Protein: 5.3g Cholesterol: 31.0mg

The coconut flour is what brings most of the protein, but also the majority of the fat.  The oats and the quinoa are responsible for most of the fiber. cocobrownies9 cocobrownies3 cocobrownies4

 

I’m really loving the chocolate-coconut flavored bars/bites.  What’s your favorite breakfast food?  Are you more of a fruity/nutty person in the morning, or chocolatey?

Also, remember that today is your REST day according to the March Workout Calendar!  Be sure to relax today so you are ready for this week!  Tomorrow is SereneSweat, a simple, moderate workout.  You can make it as challenging as you’d like the idea is to get a minimum of 30+ minutes of aerobic activity in.  Play with intervals (short and long) or chose to pick an intensity/speed that feels comfortable and work to sustain it for time.

Happy Sunday Dragonflies!

 

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