OKAY, these brownies are pretty much the perfect brownie in my eyes. You would NEVER know that they are paleo approved, grain-free, and dairy-free. Like, insane.
In the theme that is Cinco De Mayo, I spiced up this brownie recipe to make them “mexican brownies”. Mexican Brownies have all the chocolate-ly richness of regular brownies but with an added kick of extra spice and flare from cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Y’all know how much I love spicy, and these are RIGHT UP MY ALLEY. If you aren’t into spicy, just omit the cayenne pepper. The cinnamon still adds a fabulous touch. Full disclosure, my girls took a bite and were devastated that Mommy ruined the perfect brownies they (so adorably) helped me make by adding spicy stuff to them. They didn’t eat them! haha. So if you are making these for a group of picky kids, definitely say goodbye to the cayenne pepper.
But for me and my friends, we LOVED THEM. They aren’t extremely spicy, but they do have a little kick to them. If you are going to a Cinco De Mayo Party, this would be the perfect make-ahead treat to bring to the party. Your friends will freak out when you tell them that they are actually healthy! They are perfectly fudgy in the middle and cake-y on the edges, just how I like my brownies! YUM.
- 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup creamy and smooth cashew butter (can use creamy almond butter)
- 2 tablespoons ghee, melted
- 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 4 tbsp. dairy free chocolate chips
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Using a whisk, stir so that there are no longer any clumps.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, maple syrup and vanilla extract until well combined. Now add the smooth cashew butter and melted ghee (I microwaved the ghee in a small bowl for 15 seconds to gently melt). Stir until well combined.
- Add 1/4 of the dry mixture to the wet and stir until combined, continue adding the dry mixture into the wet mixture slowly, while folding with a silicone spatula until it is well combined with no clumps.
- Fold in the 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
- Pour mixture into a greased or parchment paper lined 9x9 inch square baking pan and spread until even.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until just set in the middle.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine 4 tbsp. dairy free chocolate chips with 1 tbsp. coconut oil and 1/8 tsp cinnamon. Heat gently in the microwave, 15 seconds at a time and stirring in between, until just melted. Allow to cool and thicken for about 5 minutes before drizzling or spreading over your cooled brownies.