If you need convincing that chocolate, or, more specifically, cacao, which is chocolate in its purest state, is good for you, read our post on its physical and emotional benefits. And if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day appropriate way to enjoy cacao on your own or with someone you love, here’s a recipe proven to warm hearts.
Cacao + Sea Salt Brownies
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut oil, firm, not liquid
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup almond flour (or flour of choice)
- good flaky salt to taste (I use Maldon)
Preheat the oven to 325°. Combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, cacao, and salt in a double broiler. Stir until shiny and free of clumps.
Remove from the heat and let cool a little. You should be able to comfortably dip your finger into the mixture. Add the vanilla and gently beat the eggs in one at a time. Stir in the flour.
Pour into an 8 x 8″ baking dish, either with parchment paper lining the bottom and sides, or coconut oil coating the dish.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
Happy Valentine’s Day!