Tahini and Wild Cherry Brownies

I’ll be honest, I under-baked these because I love über gooey brownies!

I’ll be honest, I under-baked these because I love über gooey brownies!

Delicious, grain free, no sugar brownies that will have your friends coming begging for more of the chocolatey goodness.

THESE BROWNIES ARE PACKED WITH PROTEIN PLUS ANTIOXIDANT RICH CHERRIES AND DARK CHOCOLATE, THEY ARE ABOUT TO BECOME YOUR NEW FAVORITE DESSERT.

LET’S BREAK IT DOWN, SHALL WE?

CHERRIES

Cherries, aside from their festive red coloring (hello holiday season) boast a whole lot of great nutritional benefits.

Anthocyanin is what gives cherries their deep, rich color and is the flavonoid is responsible for things like reducing inflammation aiding in pain relief.  It's ability to lower blood sugar levels is exceptionally beneficial in the treatment and reduction of type 2 diabetes. So yeah, I like cherries.

TAHINI BUTTER

Tahini butter (made from hulled sesame seeds) is filled with health benefits including healthy fats and amino acids. Tahini is also a great source of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15, which help to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, balance hormones, improve skin health, and boost nutrient absorption. It's rich in minerals like phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron. A good source of Methionine, tahini is shown to help detoxify the liver (cheers to that!). And watch out dairy, tahini is one of the best sources of calcium out there.

CACAO

100% cacao is actually a superfood! This superfood contains a number of essential minerals; such as potassium, copper and magnesium, flavonoids and several vitamins; including vitamin B1, B2, D, and E. Pure cacao (not to be confused with the milk chocolate, high sugar varieties) is rich in antioxidants, making it a heart healthy choice. 

WHAT SOME FOLKS DON'T KNOW IS THAT CACAO CAN HAVE AN AFFECT ON OUR MOOD-HORMONES TOO INCLUDING PHENYLETHYLAMINE, SEROTONIN, AND ENDORPHINS.  

Serotonin, you might already know, is an anti-depressenant hormone that calms us and makes us feel good. Along with serotonin, phenylethylamine also helps to boost our moods. And those endorphins? Well, they help you to feel empowered and energized and we often associate them with exercise, but cacao can give them a boost as well!

SO NOW THAT WE KNOW SOME OF THE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS THAT COME ALONG WITH THESE POWERFUL INGREDIENTS, LET’S PUT THEM TO GOOD USE!

HERE’S A SIMPLE RECIPE FOR OH-SO-DELICOUS GRAIN FREE TAHINI (AND CHERRY) BROWNIES

I love the bursts of wild cherry goodness.

I love the bursts of wild cherry goodness.

Grain Free Tahini Brownies

INGREDIENTS

More optional (but delicious) additions:

  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon cardamom (optional)

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

    * Use preferred nut butter - sunflower seed butter is ahhhmazing!
    ** substitute maple syrup or non dairy milk


DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 350°F and line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.

Combine your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Then puree ripe plantain, coffee and optional sweetener.

Pour contents of blender into the mixing bowl and stir until combined. Fold in cherries and chocolate chips. Bake 22-28 minutes (depending on your oven and your “brownie gooeyness” preference).

Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing from pan… but truthfully, I like to take a few extra gooey bites before the brownies are set.

Store in the refrigerator for up to a week (if they last that long), or they freeze really well.

Extra gooey right out of the pan…

Extra gooey right out of the pan…