August 23rd, 2008

gluten free brownie

I have the strangest diet.

Because of my inability to eat wheat and a lot of other grains I have to use substitutions that will seem strange to some people. Most flour substitutes are bland or they just aren’t that good for you.

I use a lot of Coconut flour, it is very high in fiber and has a lot of protein but it can be a bit difficult to learn to cook with. Because of the high fiber content you can’t just substitute it for regular flour.

You may know somebody who has Celiac or gluten
sensitivity. Share this recipe with them. They will thank you. Or eat these yourself and enjoy the high fiber, low carbohydrate treat all disguised in a chocolate goodie!

What do huckleberries have to do with this? Well, I have been distracted lately with huckleberry picking. The berries are only ripe for a very short time so it is pick them now or wait until next year. Even though I have a lot of projects to work on, the huckleberries must come first. At least that’s the story and I’m sticking to.

So with all of these delicious huckleberries around I needed to add them to my chocolate brownies and pretend that I am a classy chief in an expensive restaurant. And now I will present you with my creation. Enjoy!

Elisa’s Chocolate Coconut Espresso Brownies with Huckleberry Sauce

3 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup almond flour

1/3 cup coconut flour (sifted – it gets a lot of lumps)

6 T. cocoa

2 T. coconut oil (or butter if you can have dairy)

1 t. baking powder

2 t. vanilla

1/4 cup espresso or strong coffee, cooled

Mix all ingredients and put in a greased 8″ x 8″ square pan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 358 degrees.

Huckleberry Sauce

Take about 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries and place in a small pan. Add about 3/4 to 1 cup water and 1/4 cup honey (add more to make sweeter). Simmer on the stove for 15 minutes. Stir and smash most of the berries. I then use a fiber called glucomannan to thicken the sauce. I use 1 teaspoon. You could also use cornstarch as a thickener.

Let cool slightly.

When the brownies are done you can cut into squares and drizzle with the sauce. Add a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream if desired. Garnish with fresh berries.

6 Responses to “Huckleberries, Coconut & Chocolate”

  1. Kacey says:

    I popped over here to see what you have on your blog, because I just bought your 7½” and 3½” Crazy Curves Templates and was looking on your backporchdesign.com spot. Then I noticed your Kalispell address and thought, “I know someone from Kalispell”….which in itself is odd, since I live in Ohio. Anyway, I am cutting out some very interesting Batiks and I love your design. Then, I read down a bit and saw the answer to my question about the brown paper backing. Thank you! I thought perhaps something dreadful would happen if I took it off, but the 3½” one is on backwards and it was bothering my perfectionist tendencies. I enjoyed your blog and will stop back soon.

  2. Audrey says:

    I have just cut out all my circles using the templates I bought when I was in Eureka, Montana. I also bought a kit called moon in the Window & the pattern. I noticed that you have a web site so decided to look at it. I was interested to see you have wheat allerigies as I do so was pleased to see a recipe using special flour. I am going to try the recipe but am not able to get huckleberries. Everyone was out of them in the Columbia Falls area so I am going to substitute Saskatoon berries. I’ll let you know how they turned out.

    Audrey from Canada

  3. Audrey says:

    Tried your recipe and it is really good. As i mentioned I couldn’t get Huckleberries so used Saskatoon berries. This will be a recipe I will use often.

    Audrey in Canada

  4. Susuko says:

    Hi!
    Thank you for the teaching of sewing curves!
    I tried it and it go!
    But it´s not so fast with cutting – I only have a paper template to trace – and I don´t know, where to order your 7″ and 3,5″ templates – I´m in Germany!
    I´ll visit you again,
    Susuko.

  5. Susuko says:

    Hi! Me again.
    I made it! Sure it would be faster with your templates, but I like my result, too.
    Look at my blog!
    Thank you very much for teaching me sewing circles!
    Bye, Susuko.

  6. elisa says:

    Susuko – I went to you blog and saw the picture of the quilt you made. Beautiful! I couldn’t read a word of it but it sure looks good :-)

    Audrey – Glad you liked the recipe. I think almost any berry would work. I do a lot of cooking with coconut flour.