While this recipe falls short in vegetable intake, it prospers in satisfying a sweet tooth with minimally processed food.

This Valentine’s Day, skip the box of chocolates┬áthat have an obscene number of ingredients you don’t even know how to pronounce, and instead whip up an easy batch of these brownies!

Makes: 9 Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup (‘100% maple’ should be the only thing on the ingredient list)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Almond Butter
  • 2 Lrg Eggs
  • 2 Tbs Coconut Oil (or butter if dairy isn’t an issue)
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and grease an 8×8 inch baking pan
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil (melted), vanilla and eggs.
  4. Combine the 2 bowl ingredients together, making an even consistency. Finally, fold in the walnuts.
  5. Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake until the brownies are firm but soft in the middle (20 to 23 minutes)
  6. Take out and enjoy!

Nutritional Information (serving size = 1 brownie): Calories 290 / Protein 9 g / Carbohydrates 15 g / Dietary Fiber 5 g / Total Sugars 8 g / Added Sugars 6 g / Total Fat 24 g / Saturated Fat 5 g / Monounsaturated Fat 11 g / Polyunsaturated Fat 7 g

Tip: To get the most nutritional value out of these brownies, sub your unsweetened cocoa powder for cacao powder. Cacao powder has close to no sugar in it and is a great source of fiber and magnesium…who knew!