Every person in this family has a big ol’ sweet tooth. I don’t know if that’s hereditary, genetic, nature/nurture, or environmental, but quite frankly don’t care as long as we feed the teeth.
Hank began experimenting a few weeks ago with a dessert-like substance that has morphed into something resembling a blond brownie. And…yes, it’s pretty yummy.
Here’s the recipe, and the step-by-step how-to will follow.
Blend together (we just blend with a fork):
1 banana, mashed with fork
2 T veg oil
1/3 c blue agave syrup and honey mixed together (just eyeball the halfway mark in your measuring cup to get it “right”)
Add the dry ones. Just dump them on in and start stirring with that fork again.
1/2 c almond meal/flour
1/4 c fine ground coconut
1/4 c coconut flour
1/4 c arrowroot flour
1/2 c carob chips
Pour the mixture into a 9×9 glass pan, sprinkle some grated coconut on top for good luck, and then pop it into a 350-degree preheated oven, and let it bake for 45 minutes while you dance around the kitchen smelling the wonderful aroma that escapes every time you peek into the oven just to see how it’s coming along.
Unless you’re Hank. Then, instead of dancing, you’ll do push-ups or something manly while you wait patiently in or around the kitchen for your brownies.
Ok, here are some tips.
- It’s kind of hard to find those dry ingredients. You can find almond/meal flour at King Soopers (most of the time) in the organic section. You can also find it at Sprouts and Whole Foods, but the cheapest place we’ve found it is at Vitamin Cottage. You can also order it online for super cheap, but shipping kills the deal. If you’d like to go in together on an order, shoot Hank an email and we’ll go in with you (firstname.lastname@example.org). In stores, it normally runs about $9/bag v. $2/pound online. Yowie.
- Arrowroot flour has ONLY been found at Vitamin Cottage.
- We can usually find coconut flour right next to the almond meal/flour, as well as the ground coconut.
- Blue agave syrup can be found at King Soopers, but it’s cheapest at Whole Foods in the bulk foods area. Just fill up your bottle and go.
Now, start with your banana in a bowl. Ok, I just reread that. Insert your own 12YO humor here.
Mash it with a fork. Yep, make it all squishy and gross. And then add the vegetable oil, eggs, and honey and agave mixture.
Then add all of the dry ingredients.
Nice to know that coconut flour is high in fiber.
This is the ground coconut.
And the elusive arrowroot flour.
My fave. The carob chips. They represent the chocolate power here.
And just so you know, the batter will not be this yellow. It’s late at night and dark and I’m trying not to use the flash for some reason and I messed up. The color is more creamy and delicious looking.
The coconut shavings. These get all toasty and a little crispy in the baking process.
And it’s time to bake. Now start dancing. Or push-uping. And enjoy!