If I told you I just enjoyed a brownie with a glass of milk, would you believe me? Well, I’ve been dabbling into what’s called a “pro-metabolic” way of eating for a little while, and this flourless brownie falls into those parameters. What is a pro-metabolic diet you might ask? Well,to give you the main gist, it consists of animal proteins such as red meat and seafood, dairy, fruit, honey, root veggies, and gelatin-rich foods. It strictly excludes vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, legumes, and most grains. Good quality carbs are highly encouraged, as well as an emphasis on a balance of amino acids. The idea is to support the thyroid with foods that stimulate the metabolism, while avoiding the ones that slow it down. I’m diving into this at a medium pace, but so far I really enjoy how I feel. Do you want to learn more about this? How would you like to try this brownie recipe? It’s made of dates, eggs, butter, honey, coconut milk powder, collagen powder, cacao powder, vanilla, salt and baking powder. No nuts, no PUFAS, no fake sweetener. Just pure gooey chocolate deliciousness.
Here is the recipe, just in time for the holidays…
-1 cup of tightly packed, pitted medjool dates (about 225g)
-1 cup of cocoa powder
-1.5 cup of coconut milk powder (or milk powder)
-1/4 cup of unpasteurized honey
-1/4 cup of collagen powder
-1/2 cup of melted butter (or coconut oil for no dairy)
-1 tsp of vanilla extract
-1 tsp of baking powder
-1/2 tsp of sea salt
- Start oven at 350f.
- Place pitted dates in the food processor and blend until it forms a ball.
- Add eggs and cocoa powder and blend until well mixed together.
- Continue blending and adding one ingredient at a time until brownie batter is uniform.
- Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper, and scoop mixture onto it. The mixture will be quite sticky, so use a rubber spatula to even it out as well as you can.
- Place into oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean (or with a slight smear of chocolate).
- Pull out of the oven and allow to cool down. Enjoy with a cold glass of pastured, unpasteurized milk and store the remainder (if any) in the fridge.