Friday, July 4, 2014

"Terry's Chocolate" Brownies (Gluten Free)

It seems like I'm the only person in my circle of peers that really doesn't like the combination of orange and chocolate. Granted, I'm picky about mixing either fruit or chocolate with anything anyways, preferring them to be au naturale (or combined with peanut butter, which can do no wrong). Luckily, my mom is a huge enough fan of orange infused chocolate for about 6 people, meaning that every Christmas she'll find clementines, a dark chocolate bar, and at least one (dark) Terry's Chocolate Orange.

It was with my mom (and a few friends) in mind that I made these dense, fudgey brownies. Gluten and dairy free, they're lightened, bound and moistened with eggs, orange juice and (the secret ingredient) chickpeas. The merest touch of tapioca starch and a hefty dose of high-quality cocoa add the "dry" component, and the works is sweetened with both conventional sugar and a stevia based blend. The resulting bars are fruity, slightly nutty and definitely a dark chocolate-lover's treat! Don't skimp on the processor time though - those eggs need a little workout!

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"Terry's Chocolate" Brownies (Gluten Free)
Makes one 8" pan, 16 pieces
1 19 oz can chickpeas, drained
4 eggs, beaten
½ cup sugar
½ cup cup-for-cup stevia baking blend (or more sugar)
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
3 tbsp tapioca starch or cornstarch
juice and zest of one orange (about ⅓ cup)
2 tbsp canola oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line an 8” square cake pan. 
  2. In a food processor, puree chickpeas, eggs, sugar, stevia, baking powder, cocoa powder, tapioca starch, orange juice and zest, water and oil together for 3 minutes. 
  3. Pour into the pan and rap it on the counter to remove any large air bubbles. 
  4. Bake for 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. 
  5. Cool before removing from the pan and cutting into squares.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 114.1
Total Fat: 3.7 g
Cholesterol: 46.7 mg
Sodium: 125.1 mg
Total Carbs: 17.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.7 g
Protein: 3.9 g

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