Just one look at these brownies and you will say “decadent”! And they are. But, they have no flour and they are not overly sweet. It’s all about the chocolate.
If you have a gluten-free, dairy-free child – this is the perfect treat for upcoming Valentine’s Day to share in the classroom. This recipe makes enough for a classroom of children and is something that a GF, DF child can eat.
I remember when my son was a youngster in school. It was so hard when children would bring in birthday cupcakes that he couldn’t have. Many times I would provide grain-free cupcakes, but some of the kids didn’t like them because they were not sweetened with sugar and were not sweet enough. So sad that our kids are inundated with refined sugar and need their sugar fix.
Using organic, pure,unsweetened cacao powder and butter adds to the nutrition of this treat.
Pure Cacao is Processed at Low Temperatures
Cacao beans are fermented to alleviate bitterness, and processed at low temperatures for maximum nutrient retention. Once extracted from the pods, the beans are rinsed with water. The whole beans are peeled and cold-pressed to form a paste. The fiber is then extracted, in order to separate the solids from the rich oil, or cacao butter.
Cacao Has Nutrition
The main component of cacao is, of course the saturated fat. It contain three fatty acids that are present in approximately equal proportions: stearic, palmitic and oleic acid. These long chain fatty acids have been found to actually lower the LDL levels in the blood. (However, it’s no longer clear that is really important).
Cacao contains polyphenols with antioxidant properties that have many health benefits. A study published in Chemistry Central Journal, in February 2011, showed that cacao and chocolate have higher oxygen radical absorption capacity values (ORAC), total polyphenol content (TP (mg/g)), and total flavanol content (TF (mg/g) than many other antioxidants, foods and powders that are touted as “superfoods.” I wouldn’t necessarily call it a superfood (we know that real superfoods are things like raw milk, fish roe and organ meats), but at least it is an antioxidant — that is important.
Cacao also contains trace amounts of essential minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid.
You can feel good about eating cacao as there are no sugars and the antioxidant value is high. Enjoy it guilt-free in moderation and when well tolerated!
I’m assuming that most kids like chocolate so this is a no brainer. Just be sure to taste the batter to make sure you think it is sweet enough. You can add more sugar or even stevia to sweeten it a little more.
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