Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Chewy Dandelion Root Brownies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl

Can you believe I'm keeping "On Track" with these gorgeous squares of chocolaty goodness?
Dandelion root is God's perfect detoxifier for liver / blood. 
The root powder is especially effective for removing toxins. 
Readily available today at health food stores or on line.

A few years ago, I really got obsessed for a few months with growing my own dandelions
to have a clean source of root, flower etc.  It proved to be an extensive project.
Not worth the time when you can get quality Dandelion products from health food stores
these days or on-line.

 Dandelion Root is one of those wonderfully nutritionally packed ingredients that can hide in your baked goods or hot drinks and really give a vitamin and mineral boost to your food.
Nut Butter (Peanut in this case) Swirls through the Cocoa Brownie
See this post for Nut Butter recipe:  http://cannedtime.blogspot.com/2012/06/raw-vegan-caramels-with-chocolate-nut.html
 Full pan of brownies shot below shows the Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirled through the batter.

Chewy Dandelion Root Brownies w/ Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl
Gluten Free and Very Low Sugar

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Combine Wet Ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until a smooth batter is formed:
1 Cup filtered Water
3 Eggs (or egg substitute)
1 tsp. Liquid Vanilla Stevia + 1 tsp. Plain Liquid Stevia
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
15 Whole Pitted Dates
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Melted Coconut Butter
Combine Dry Ingredients in a bowl and sift together to fully incorporate:
1/2 Cup Dandelion Root Powder
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed
1 Cup Spelt Flour or other Gluten Free Flour
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, stir well and form a wet, thick batter. 
Pour batter into a well greased, 9 X 9 pan and bake at 250 for about 45 minutes.
Check for doneness.  Do not over bake, they will be moist until the cool some.
Makes 12 good sized brownies.  Store covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week.

These brownies turned out surprisingly 'normal' tasting considering the vast array of ingredients.  Lots of substitutions could be made if you don't have certain items.  But if you do, I'd recommend these 'as is' for a healthy, gluten free, Very low sugar snack or dessert.
The Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl makes them fudgie and sweet.
Another great Dandelion recipe from Canned Time check out:  Dandelion Greens Strawberry Salad!

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