Sweet Potato Brownies

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When I set out to make these sweet potato brownies I made a lot of rules. I was up for a challenge. I wanted them to be vegan, gluten-free and paleo, but I didn’t want to use nut flour. I wanted to use coconut flour for it’s fiber and protein content, but coconut flour usually needs to be supported with the structure eggs provide – which would, of course, make them no longer vegan. After several batches of failed attempts (later fed to some not so sober friends), I created something that met my criteria and tasted delicious.

 

These sweet potato brownies are vegan, gluten-free and paleo. They contain no eggs and are made with coconut flour, raw cacao powder and flax eggs, all fiber and nutrient dense ingredients. Soft, gooey, and moist, they still hold together like a traditional brownie and would be perfect topped with frosting, nut butter, ice cream or jam. They’re also amazing by themselves. And healthy enough to eat for breakfast of course.

 

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Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie

Grain-Free Pumpkin PieWhen Isabel and I set out to create a grain-free pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, we didn’t plan on it being healthy enough to eat for breakfast. We also didn’t expect other people (i.e. pie traditionalists) to love it as much as we would. We were pleasantly surprised on both accounts.

 

WHY IT’S HEALTHY// This grain-free pumpkin pie is also gluten free and paleo. Pecans, aside from having a delicious buttery taste and texture, are rich in oleic acid and antioxidants such as ellagic acid and vitamin E (think good cholesterol levels, protection from free radicals and healthy skin). Pecans are also rich sources of B-complex groups of vitamins and many minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Pumpkin puree is loaded with vitamin A, fiber, iron and potassium; great for digestion, eye and bone health and your immune system. Cinnamon has been shown to lower blood sugar in diabetic patients and is anti-inflammatory. Grade B maple syrup, although still almost entirely sucrose, does contain many minerals, such as potassium, calcium, zinc and manganese. It also contains natural phenols, which are antioxidant compounds. //

 

Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie Ingredients

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