Hazelnut Brownies with homemade Nutella icing

Oil/butter free┋Egg free┋Gluten free┋ Vegan┋ Paleo Refined sugar free┋ Dairy free
Yield: 9 brownies
It’s hard to believe that they are only 70 calories each and with the Nutella spread, only 120 calories!!
Anyone with a background in nutrition would read this label and immediately think that it is too restrictive and therefore must have a ton of artificial ingredients to compensate. At least that’s what my initial reaction was when I read recipes with “Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, Grain free, Vegan, flourless, etc.)” Typically they’re followed by a long list of unhealthy ingredients that make your stomach hurt and do more harm than good. I used to stay away from these types of recipes because in nutrition we’re taught that it’s all about balance, you can eat everything and any fad diet out there that encourages you to restrict your diet to certain types of food is unsustainable and shouldn’t be followed.
However, this is why I love recipe development because I know exactly what goes into these delicious recipes and instead of limiting myself to eating brownies maybe once or twice a week, these are the type of brownies you could honestly eat everyday and they are GOOD for your body.
I digress, I could write a novel on this subject but I will leave you with this amazing recipe and I promise you will fall in love with them just like I did. The best part is, you can lick the spoon, the bowl, the entire food processor if you will, and you won’t have to worry about getting salmonella haha

🔸One can of chick peas

🔸1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

🔸1/4 cup of hazelnut flour

🔸1/4 cup and 1 T of agave nectar (or any liquid sweetener of choice)

🔸2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

🔸3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
🔸1 teaspoon of baking soda

🔸1/4th cup of coconut milk (or any milk of your choice)
1. Mix ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or cooking spray and bake at 350 ℉ for 18-20 minutes.
Homemade Nutella:
🔸1/3 cup Hazelnuts🔸3 T Coconut milk 🔸1 T Cocoa powder 🔸3 T agave
1. Mix ingredients in a food processor until smooth

2. Spread onto the brownies once cooled, ~15 minutes.

Enjoy!!

With Nutella Frosting*
Without Nutella Frosting*

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