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Quinoa Brownies

I know this isn’t exactly a low carb dessert.  I made it the best way that I know how.  I started by tossing a cup of raw quinoa in my Vitamix and blended it on high for less than a minute and got a nice, fine flour.  (See photo’s below) I used a 1/2 cup of the flour and put the rest in a storage bag for use later.  I blended a cup because I wasn’t sure how much flour it would make.  I thought it was better to have more in case I needed it.  You can purchase quinoa flour at most stores in the flour section.  Me being me, I wanted to see if I could make it.  Turns out I can and it is cheaper for me to make it than purchase it.  Yea me!

I like my brownies to have a little kick to them so I toss in some ground cayenne pepper.  It makes them ever so yummy!

Quinoa Brownies

Quinoa Brownies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quinoa flour

6 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup honey ( more if you want it sweeter)

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp strong coffee

2 egg whites or 2/3 a cup of egg substitute

1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper (more or less or optional)

Mix your dry ingredients in  a bowl.

Mix your wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Combine the contents of each bowl.  Mix well.

Pour into a prepared baking dish (I prefer to use parchment paper)

Bake in a 325 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes.  Check with a knife.  If it comes out clean, it is done.

Enjoy!

By the way, here’s what the flour looked like:

Quinoa turning to flour in Vitamix

Quinoa turning to flour in Vitamix

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Quinoa Flour

Special Brownies

I made some special brownies last night.  They were DELICIOUS!  I modified my My Flaming Lips Whole Wheat Brownies.  Hope you try them!  Here’s what you’ll need:

1/2 cup flax seed meal

6 tbsp cocoa

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 cup honey

1/2 coconut oil (actually I used a little less than 1/2 cup)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp strong coffee

2 egg whites or 1/2 cup egg substitute

Mix your dry ingredients in a bowl.

Mix your wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Combine your dry ingredients and wet ingredients.  Mix well.  Don’t worry about it looking grainy.  It will turn out fine.

Pour into a prepared baking dish. I lined mine with parchment paper.

Bake in a 325 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes.  Check with knife.  If it comes out clean it is done.

Enjoy!

Special Brownies

Special Brownies

Special Brownie Plated

Special Brownie Plated