Last week I stubbed my toe pretty badly. (Note to self: lift feet when walking up stairs.) It doesn’t look bad but I really cannot put a shoe on and walk comfortably. This means no trips to the store in a few days. Of course I ran out of almond butter and finished off my last brownie yesterday. Still attempting to gain weight, I decided to bake some this morning using almond flour instead.
Here’s what I came up with:
2.5 cups almond flour (equals 1 cup almond butter in weight, I thought this would be a direct substitution in my almond butter brownie recipe)
1/4 cup coconut oil (I would have put more but I ran out of that too)
1/2 cup applesauce (it took this much to make the ‘batter’ not look like flour)
1/2+ cup honey (I kept adding more thinking it would help make it look more like a brownie mix)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt (since I more than doubled oil, applesauce and honey, I figured I should double the soda vanilla and salt too)
When I mixed it all up, I was surprised it actually looked like the same amount as when I use 1 cup almond butter. That’s when I realised there was probably way too much honey in these. I baked them at 350F for about 25 minutes. The edges turned crispy but the centers looked like applesauce. Oh my goodness they were way too sweet. I actually spread some dripped tart yogurt on top to neutralize the sugary brownies. Guess I’m stuck with these for about 7 more days.
I may try something with this disaster of a recipe in the future. Almond flour is so much easier to deal with (less messy, comes in bulk, cheaper, and blanched might be easier to digest than almond butter with skins) so I hope someday I figure out brownies that work. I would probably try these with 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/4-1/3 cup honey. I might also buy some hazelnut flour to mix with almond flour to have something more like my hazelnut almond brownies. Hmm and maybe put some blueberries in it..
Big lesson on SCD: don’t be scared trying to create new recipes. Just do it, it will be edible and you’ll taste it and think of something better to try.
Big lesson on SCD #2: don’t waste SCD food, it is precious regardless what taste or form it comes in.
UPDATE (1 day later): Ok so the brownies were DELICIOUS after being in the fridge overnight. My mom and I have been devouring them and I’ll probably have to make more either tomorrow or Wednesday. I will try them as planned, more coconut oil and less honey. They could stand to be a little less sweet (although right now they’re pretty darn tasty). I’ll post the final recipe once I’m satisfied with it.