7 September, 2017
Dirty Chai Dark Chocolate Flourless Brownies
Dirty Chai Dark Chocolate Flourless Brownies may be decadent, but they are easy to make with simple ingredients. No flour needed. A dirty chai tea latte is mixed right in the batter then topped with dark chocolate espresso ganache! Rich, fudgy, chocolatey flourless brownies. Dairy free or paleo friendly!
And this is how we celebrate a short work week. Dirty Chai Flourless Brownies. Dirty Chai Dark Chocolate Flourless Brownies. Dirty Chai Flourless Brownies with dark chocolate espresso ganache. Yes. ALL OF THE ABOVE! Cause that’s exactly what these are. Except totally easy to make so don’t go run off yet. Mmm k?
I sit here, kinda on a caffeine high, about to admit to you that I lived off of red wine and these flourless brownies the week when just about everything in life went haywire! I won’t go into details. That’s not necessary. But I do want to say this. We all ARE HUMAN. And sometimes, you give in. You give in to exhaustion and cravings without the guilt.
Here’s why. Or here’s why I, a gluten free nutrition specialist, am telling you to eat the brownie.
One. The body is SO SMART. It’s gonna crave what it wants when it’s under stress. Usually that’s rich food. Hopefully is gluten free food. LOL! But I digress. What I mean to say is that when you (I) try to push back the intensity of the craving, it can result in mass explosion. Which is not good, right? I say a little goes a long way. So give in, just may be not give into the whole pan of brownies.
Two. I’m a full believer that there are seasons of life you just know are going to be hard. You cope or make a coping plan. And at the same time, you make a recovery plan; whether it be with rest or some other form of recovery. Such as going on vacation, getting a weekly massage, taking a personal day or week from work, planning a few weeks of superfood meals, vitality drinks, or anti-inflammatory rich meals, etc.
And three. Guilt takes more energy. Drop it. Drop it likes it hot. I’m telling myself that too. Isn’t it so true though? That guilt causes more stress, more anxiety, more crazy woman syndrome. Been there. Done that. Ya, not gonna take that on anymore. You feelin it?
So yes, I confess on living off of red wine and flourless brownies for a week. Yes, I am human. And yes, I will totally be eating the rainbow this week. Haha, because I WANT TO.
Well, because I’m feeling feisty and caffeinated, I’d also like to mention that these flourless brownies do have some health benefits. Besides the health benefit on meeting my emotional needs last week. haha! They are loaded with antioxidant rich ingredients!
- Chai Tea: A tea loaded with healthy spices- Cardamon, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, and clove oh my. P.S did you know cardamon helps with digestion, strengthens the immune system? NEEDED!
- Espresso: Studies have shown that espresso, the good kind, and in small amounts, can reduce the risk of diabetes.
- Dark chocolate: Besides the fact that it’s AMAZING, dark chocolate has tons of plant power antioxidants. Not to mention oleic acid (heart-healthy monounsaturated fat) which comes from the cocoa butter.
See, these nerdy nutrition facts all cover up the wee bit amount of extra “unrefined” sugar. That may be stretching the truth, but I’m going it. No guilt about it. Haha!
Oh before you make these, you should know I made 2 batches of these brownies. One with butter and the other coconut oil. Both delicious but the coconut oil was more moist. I liked the butter one. Also, you might have leftover ganache. Not a bad problem.
Dirty Chai Chocolate Flourless Brownies
Dirty Chai Flourless Brownies with Dark Chocolate Espresso Ganache. Dairy free friendly, Gluten Free.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 4 chai tea bags
- 4 Tbsp clarified butter or coconut oil
- 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
- 3 tbsp fine instant coffee or instant espresso
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of cardamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Dark Chocolate Ganache
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottom of an 8×8” square baking pan with parchment paper and grease the edges. Set aside.
- In a small pot, bring your almond milk to a quick boil then steep your chai tea bags in it for 4 to 6 minutes. The longer you steep, the stronger the chai taste. Remove tea bags.
- In the same pot, add your coconut oil or butter, dark chocolate chips, and maple syrup. Heat on medium until butter and chocolate chips are mixed together with the chai latte. It should look like a creamy chocolate sauce once melted. Set aside.
- Next, in a small bowl, sift together your arrowroot starch, cocoa powder. Add your cardamon, salt, and instant espresso. Mix again and set aside.
- Using a stand mixer or small bowl with handheld mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla together for a few minutes. It should create a smooth caramel color. Slowly add in your chai chocolate sauce and mix on low until creamy.
- Finally, add your in arrowroot/espresso/cocoa powder mix. Mix/Beat on low until a thicker batter is formed. Scrape side if you need too.
- Pour into your 8×8 pan. Spread the batter out evenly with a spatula and place in over for 22- 27 minutes, or until the top is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- After the brownies are done and baked, set them aside to cool for 10 minutes while you make your ganache. You can make the ganache on the stove top or microwave.
- Simple melt together the 2 ounces coconut milk or cream, 2 tsp espresso, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips on medium heat in sauce pan, mixing while it melts. Or microwave in 30 second increments, mixing after 30 seconds, until melted. Drizzle the ganache over brownies once melted. You will most likely have leftover ganache you can keep for future treats.
- Let it cool or serve immediately. These brownies keep best in fridge or freezer.
For those at Altitude: My batch was done at 26 minutes. So be sure to check baking earlier for those at sea level.
We use paleo/vegan-friendly dark chocolate chips by enjoy life foods.
If you are looking to cut sugar, free free to use stevia in the raw to replace coconut palm sugar.
*Arrowroot starch substitute* I have not tried these with other starches, but you could try with tapioca starch. Texture will vary.
I made 2 batches of these brownies. One with butter and the other coconut oil. Both delicious but the coconut oil was more moist.
For more flourless inspiration check out @runwithspoons Flourless Baking Cookbook.
Estimated Nutrition Per Brownie (minus ganache). This is using coconut oil versus butter.
200 calories; 11 grams of fat; 6 g saturated; 20g carbohydrates, 18 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein. 10 % cholesterol.
Difficulty: easy Recipe Type: dessert
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Alrighty my friends. Cotter Confessions are up. Time to bust out the eggs, cocoa, dark chocolate, espresso, chai tea, almond milk, coconut oil, and arrowroot flour. Preheat the oven and let’s begin the caffeine induced baking!
It’s time .. time to perk up and make ya some! Ya, I just went there.
Alright friends, lay it on me. What’s your stress baking recipe of choice? Like I need more. LOL!
Cheers to wine, coffee, and dark chocolate. My vices!