On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m showing you how to make a healthy chocolate brownies recipe.
A healthy chocolate brownies recipe?
In fact, my friend Jen Saade joins me in the kitchen and helps me bake a batch of delicious banana cashew butter brownies.
So it’s my goal to show her how it’s possible to enjoy eating delicious sweets and desserts, while still eating clean and Living Lean.
Sound like an oxymoron?
Sit back and enjoy as I show you how to use real, whole food ingredients to make Banana Cashew Butter Brownies.
That’s a mouthful of a recipe name.
No sugar, no wheat, and gluten free.
This means the fat storing monster will not be unleashed after eating this healthy chocolate brownies recipe.
To start, get all the chocolate brownie ingredients lined up on your counter, starting with the first four dry ingredients.
As you probably remember from baking in home economics class as a kid, all the dry ingredients are mixed together first.
Then you’ll mix the rest of the wet ingredients together after.
I’ll always remember this because my mom was a home economics teacher.
However, even with a home ec teacher mom, I rarely bake at all, which was apparent when I called the whisk a beater.
I just prefer to cook.
In the cooking video I incorrectly said 1/3 cup of cocoa powder rather than the correct amount, 1/2 cup.
I also normally recommend using raw honey, however I admit, we didn’t use raw honey because we couldn’t find it at the grocery store.
So if you have access to raw honey, use it as it has a lot more antioxidants than regular honey.
But when you’re in a pinch, go with whatever type of honey you can find.
This was also one of my first times trying cashew butter.
Jen never had it either, other than dipping her fingers in it before filming.
If you can’t find cashew butter, go with almond butter.
One of the beautiful things about baking with these clean and healthy ingredients, rather than conventional refined flour or whole grains is it won’t cause a huge insulin spike.
That’s key to balancing and maintaining your blood sugar at a stable level.
When you eat flour and grains, including whole grains, your blood sugar goes up.
Then your insulin hormone is excreted from you pancreas to come in and quickly remove the excessive sugar from your bloodstream.
This causes your blood sugar levels to crash, which leads you to have more hunger and cravings.
That’s why it’s important to bake with the healthy and clean ingredients that I have listed below.
For example, we’re swapping out insulin spiking refined wheat flour, for almond flour.
Almond flour is primarily a fat which does not create as much of a spike in insulin production.
This chocolate brownies recipe is just proof that you don’t need sugar when you use real food and ingredients.
I think they taste good.
Actually, I don’t think they just taste good.
It has to be said.
Jen also thinks they taste absolutely amazing.
As Jen was adding the chocolate brownie batter to the baking dish, she kept saying how good it looked.
So there you go.
This healthy chocolate brownies recipe contains all whole ingredients, with no sugar added.
As a kid you probably washed your chocolate brownies down with some dairy milk.
This healthy chocolate brownies recipe is just 1 of the over 200 delicious recipes from my best selling Eat Clean Live Lean Cookbook.
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