Monday, July 16, 2012

Grain-free Kefir Brownies.

Sometimes my best recipes come from nowhere.  These brownies are definitely a testament to that.  One day I was in my apartment and I had some soured kefir that I had made.  It was past the palatable drinking stage, and not wanting to waste it, I threw together these brownies.  I didn't expect the results to come out very well, but I was completely surprised.  These are so incredible, I may like them better than my favorite grain-free brownie recipe.  I gave the pan away to one of my advisors as a thank-you, and he ended up (due to the pestering of his students) sharing them the with his entire class!  I got an email the next day with rave reviews.  I think you'll rave about them too ;)

Mhmm. Fudgey cakey chocolatey goodness!

Grain-free Kefir Brownies.
    makes one 8x8 pan

    2 cups  soured homemade kefir
    1 cup  organic coconut flour - source
    4  happy eggs
    1 cup  raw cacoa powder - source
    16 oz  chocolate chunks, I used Enjoy Life
    1 Tbsp  vanilla extract
    1 tsp  baking soda
    1/4 tsp  sea salt
    2 full droppers plain stevia - source

To make your brownies:
  1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (mine is convection).
  2.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips.  Mix well.
  3.  Add chocolate chunks and mix again.
  4.  Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the top is cracked, the sides are slightly firm and there is a tiny bit of jiggle in the middle of the pan.
  5.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Try a slice warm.  Let it cool and try another slice.  Share.  Serve with a nice cold glass of raw milk. Yum!

I love these brownies, not only because they are delicious, but that they are low in sugar and carbohydrates!  The only added sugar comes from the sugar in the chocolate chunks.  If you use unsweetened chocolate the brownies will not taste very sweet.  For those of you who are not partial to stevia, feel free to omit it.  I haven't made the recipe without stevia so I don't know if it will grossly affect the flavor, but my guess is that it will make a small difference in sweetness.

Mhmm. Chocolate chunks.

These will freeze very well.  They will also make a great accompaniment to homemade french vanilla ice cream and homemade raw whipped cream.  I love anything chocolate and vanilla combined!

Here are some of my other delicious brownie recipes:

Grain-free Coconut Flour Brownies
Gluten-free Brownies (for you whole-grain folk)


judith said...

I notice many primal recipes use coconut flour - but I cannot stand the flavor that coconut gives baked goods. What can one use alternatively?

Meagan said...

Judith, I am sorry you don't like coconut flour. Unfortunately coconut flour has very unique properties and no other flour would be a good substitute. What kind of coconut flour do you buy? I buy Tropical Traditions and it's delicious!

AG said...

Do they taste tangy from the coconut kefir or does that bake out? Thanks!!

AG said...

ALso, are the live cultures in kefir killed when it's cooked? Are there still benefits that remain if so?

Meagan said...

The brownies do not taste sour from the kefir, and of course the cultures will be killed.

AG said...

ok thanks. so what would be the benefit to using kefir as opposed to almond or coconut milk? thanks!

Meagan said...

I used kefir because I had some homemade kefir on hand which was too sour for me to drink and I thought it would be delicious in brownies. Almond milk will be too thin. Kefir is thick and has lots of fat. Full-fat coconut milk may work. Or a tangy whole milk plain yogurt. But I haven't tried this so I cannot guarantee results. I have other brownie recipes that don't use dairy, so check those out if dairy is an issue for you.

AG said...

thanks Meagan!

Anonymous said...

If i leave out the chocolate and add honey for sweetness, do you think that might work? If so, what would you suggest for amount of honey? I am on a no sugar diet. I can only have honey and fruit for sweetner. Maybe dried dates would work instead also!?!

Meagan said...

You cannot leave out the cocoa powder in this recipe. Feel free to add some honey if you want. I cannot guarantee any results. Adding chopped dates to the batter instead of chocolate chips would be the best option.

Elizabeth said...

Can you direct me to your post on making kefir...if it is dairy free? I did a search on your site but can't seem to find a recipe or technique. Thank you!
Peace & Raw Health,

Meagan said...

Elizabeth - Kefir = raw milk + kefir grains. You need kefir grains to make kefir. It's a very simple process and you can find those resources via Google. I like cultures for health.