Sometimes a girl just NEEDS chocolate. Like last night, I had an incredible craving for chocolate. Sweets these days are something I crave mostly in the winter, when it is cold and a baked good seems like the happiest thought. In the summer all I really want is a delicious peach with the juice dripping down my arm. Or cherries those bright jewels filled with incredible sweetness!
But last night was a chocolate night. I amazed myself to find not 1 but 3 chocolate bars hidden in various places in the kitchen ready for such an important occasion. Does anyone else do this?!!?!?
Brownies and I have a trying relationship. They are often too dry and heavy and unpleasant. These brownies are nothing like that! Actually I was concerned these would be too “wet” to cook through but they work great. There is a tiny quinoa flavor but nothing overwhelming, because there is a LOT of chocolate in here 😉
Quinoa Brownies: Adapted heavily from Alton Brown’s recipe
8 dates, soaked in water for an hour (I KNOW!)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup Quinoa Flour
1/8 cup Potato Flour
1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp espresso, or strong coffee
1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 tbs butter, melted
1/2 cup Valrhona cocoa powder (I got mine at Whole Foods, this is dark chocolate)
small handful of chocolate chips or bar chopped up
Prepare a 8×8 baking pan with 2 pieces of parchment paper, placed in opposite directions.
Preheat oven to 300F
In a food processor process the dates and about 1/4 cup of the water they soaked in.
Add the remaining ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and pulse until well blended.
Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out with a spatula.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips on the top of the batter.
Bake for 45 minutes.
When you remove the brownies from the oven spread the melted chocolate chips onto the surface of the brownies, this acts as a kind of “frosting”.
Cool for 10 minutes if you can wait that long!
I am all about the corners when it comes to brownies too. I do not want the middle or the sides. Just the corners please! The corners are a delightful combination of soft and chewy 🙂